increase in extent or intensity
The stuff they scream at each other. She says these cruel things. Then he says real horrible stuff back. And it just gets worse.
Escalates till the hitting.
make out the meaning of
Then he starts again, “I bet there are cameras hidden all over this cafeteria. They’re recording us, and we’re all part of some big social experiment, conducted by the government. Psychiatrists are probably watching us right now, trying to
decipher the riddle of today’s youth.”
the power to move something by thinking about it
telekinesis,” Ethan says. “Good choice. I’m glad you didn’t say you’d want to fly. Everyone says that. That’s such an easy one.”
a person who claims the existence of God is unknowable
Ethan starts laughing. “I don’t go to church. I’m
a person who does not acknowledge your god
Mom raises her eyebrows and smirks, like she just won a prize. “You’ll go to hell for saying that, you little
move or stir about violently
Ford is still crying and
thrashing, wanting to go with them. Instead Mom leans down and gives us this awkward hug from above.
draw someone's attention away from something
I try to
distract him. First with some books, then with toys. I try to play with him, but he won’t have it.
be shiny, as if wet
glints off his wet cheeks. Droplets are trapped on his long lashes.
a speech defect that involves mispronouncing "s" and "z"
I shrug, saying, “Sorry. He has a
pasta sauce containing tomatoes, garlic, and herbs
The cheesy bread is awesome ’cause it comes with two dipping sauces. I can never decide which I like more: ranch or
a large and hurried swallow
Charlie looks around for adults, then pulls a flask from his jean jacket. He takes a sip, then passes it to the two boys from the nice neighborhood. They drink a little and pass it to Brad. He takes a
swig and his face goes all sour.
deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
“That sounds dangerous. Can’t you die from
suffocating?” Benny says. I think the same thing, but I’m glad Benny says it.
He starts to squeeze, and Benny’s face starts to turn red. His freckles seem to glow, making his face look like a giant strawberry. He starts slapping his brother’s arm. Benny is shaking his head, and starting to
flail. Like he refuses to pass out.
make a loud noise
While I use the store’s water hose to clean Ford’s face, sirens
blare past us.
a person trained to give emergency medical treatment
Their dad is screaming at them while the
paramedic tries to calm him down.
move or force in an effort to get something open
“What? No!” I say, trying to
pry myself loose.
draw back, as with fear or pain
Ethan waves from our usual table. When I sit down, I
wince, scrunching up my whole face.
relating to the investigation of existence and knowledge
Ethan’s eyes get all big. He takes a deep breath. “Man. I wasn’t ready for this. This is a heavy
the limit beyond which something happens or changes
Ethan is staring at me and I realize my eyes are all welled up with tears, ’cause I’m on the
verge of crying.
a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
She eats every single bite on her plate. She always does. She uses the bread to soak up the last of the meat juices and catch the little pieces of sauerkraut. Like she appreciates every
producing in abundance
“Dear God, we thank you for this meal that you have provided us. We thank you for each day’s blessings and for allowing us to be together on this wonderful day. We ask that you continue being
bountiful and giving—” Abuela continues to pray for a long time.
indistinct in outline
She shoves me, pushing me so hard, I fall backward, my head slamming into the wall. The room goes
hazy for a minute, but this is nothing.
shout loudly and without restraint
“Everyone loves you. With your perfect job! And your perfect house! And your perfect money!” Mom
bellows. “You’re just so perfect!”
easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
I can’t stop shouting. It’s like when Mom goes crazy, so do I. Her insanity is
a floor covering
I look at the mess of food crushed all over the kitchenette, crunched into dust on the