Vocabulary Lists

Literature

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by J.K. Rowling, Foreword & Introduction

Set in the Harry Potter universe, this book purports to be an encyclopedia of magical creatures written by the wizard Newt Scamander. Here are links to our lists for the book: Foreword & Introduction, Acromantula–Erumpent, Fairy–Mackled Malaclaw, Manticore–Yeti Here are links to our lists for works in the Harry Potter universe: The Sorcerer's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, The Deathly Hallows, The Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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"The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo, Part I

Xiomara hides her poetry from her religious family, but when she joins a slam poetry club, she must decide whether or not she's ready for her voice to be heard. Learn these words from the acclaimed novel-in-verse by slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part I, Part II, Part III
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"Dracula" by Bram Stoker, Chapters 1–4

A vampire makes his way from Transylvania to England to spread his evil curse, but a small team led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing is prepared to fight him. Read the full text here. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–4, Chapters 5–10, Chapters 11–16, Chapters 17–22, Chapters 23–27
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"The Stranger" by Albert Camus, Part One: Chapters 1-3

Albert Camus's seminal 1942 novel explores a young man's alienation from society. Learn these words from Matthew Ward's translation of the French text. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part One: Chapters 1-3, Part One: Chapters 4-6, Part Two: Chapters 1-2, Part Two: Chapters 3-5
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"A Very Large Expanse of Sea" by Tahereh Mafi, Chapters 1–4

It is 2002, and Shirin, a Muslim-American teenager, faces prejudice from the students and teachers at her school. When popular basketball player Ocean James falls for Shirin, she has difficulty trusting that his affection is real — and fears their relationship will not be able to withstand the bigoted reactions of their community. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–4, Chapters 5–10, Chapters 11–19, Chapters 20–26, Chapters 27–38
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"My Brother Sam is Dead" by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, Chapters 1–3

In this historical novel set during the American Revolution, Tim Meeker must decide whether he should do as his father says and remain loyal to the British king or join his brother among the rebels. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–3, Chapters 4–7, Chapters 8–10, Chapters 11–12, Chapter 13–Epilogue
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"The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson, Chapter 1

In this classic horror novel, four people experience supernatural phenomena when they stay at a mysterious mansion. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapter 1, Chapters 2-3, Chapters 4-6, Chapters 7-9
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"The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling, Mowgli's Brothers & Hunting-Song of the Seonee Pack

In this collection of stories set in India, Rudyard Kipling introduces beloved characters such as Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves, and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the courageous mongoose. Here are links to our lists for the book: Mowgli's Brothers & Hunting-Song of the Seonee Pack, Kaa's Hunting & Road-Song of the Bander-Log, "Tiger, Tiger!" & Mowgli's Song, The White Seal & Lukannon, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" and Darzee's Chant, Toomai of the Elephants & Shiv and the Grasshopper, Her Majesty's Servants & Parade Song of the Camp Animals
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"The Red Pony" by John Steinbeck, Part I

This novella links four episodes in the life of Jody Tiflin, a young boy growing up on a California ranch during the early 20th century. Here are links to our lists for the novella: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV Here are links to our lists for other works by John Steinbeck: Cannery Row, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl, Travels with Charley
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"Odd One Out" by Nic Stone, Chapters 1–5

Coop and his neighbor Jupiter are best friends — despite Coop's unrequited crush. But when Rae moves to town, she threatens to disrupt their friendship. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–5, Chapters 6–10, Chapters 11–15, Chapters 16–20, Chapters 21–25, Chapters 26–30 Here is a link to our lists for Dear Martin by Nic Stone.
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"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde, Act I

Jack and Algernon are two bachelors who use false identities to get what they want—and get into trouble—in this comedy by Oscar Wilde. Read the full texthere. Here are links to our lists for the play: Act I, Act II, Act III Here is a link to our lists for A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
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"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, Chapters 1–11

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are sisters whose personalities couldn't be more different. They share joy and heartbreak growing up in the shadow of the Civil War. Read the full text here. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–11, Chapters 12–23, Chapters 24–35, Chapters 36–47
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"The Hate U Give," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

In this best-selling novel, sixteen-year-old Starr's life is turned upside down when she witnesses the death of her friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Learn these words from Angie Thomas's powerful and provocative debut. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapters 11-15, Chapters 16-21, Chapters 22-26
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"The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot, Parts I & II

Considered a classic of Modernist literature, this unpredictable poem is a collage of voices and languages that explores British society and myths of devastated civilizations. Read the full text here. Here are links to our lists for the poem: Parts I & II, Part III, Parts IV & V Here is a link to our list for The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock by T.S. Eliot.
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"The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner, List 1: April Seventh, 1928

A fragmented history of the Compson family, this novel plays with language, chronology, and perspective. Here are links to our lists for the novel: April Seventh, 1928; June Second, 1910; April Sixth, 1928; April Eighth, 1928 Here are links to our lists for other works by William Faulkner: A Rose for Emily, Absalom, Absalom!, As I Lay Dying
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"The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway

Santiago is a luckless Cuban fisherman who struggles to land a giant marlin. In spare, searing prose, Hemingway transforms the story of one man's battle with nature into a heroic ordeal. Here is a link to our lists for A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
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"The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate" by Jacqueline Kelly, Chapters 1–2

The year is 1899, and 11-year-old Callie enjoys studying Darwin and exploring the natural world with her grandfather — but her traditional mother wants Callie to spend her time engaged in "ladylike" pursuits like cooking and sewing. As a new century dawns, Callie must struggle to balance her desires and interests with the expectations of society. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–2, Chapters 3–6, Chapters 7–8, Chapters 9–15, Chapters 16–22, Chapters 23–28
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"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman, Chapters 1–4

After his release from prison, Shadow joins up with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and finds himself embroiled in a war between old and new gods. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–4, Chapters 5–8, Chapters 9–13, Chapters 14–18, Chapter 19–Postscript Here are links to our lists for other works by Neil Gaiman: Coraline, The Graveyard Book
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"The Thing About Jellyfish" by Ali Benjamin, Parts 1–2

In this novel, a seventh grader struggles to come to terms with the drowning death of her best friend. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Parts 1–2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Parts 6–7
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"The Darkest Minds" by Alexandra Bracken, Chapters 1-6

When the children who survive a plague develop unusual powers, they are rounded up and imprisoned in rehabilitation camps. Sixteen-year-old Ruby escapes from confinement and joins up with a group of other children fighting back against the government. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-11, Chapters 12-15, Chapters 16-22, Chapters 23-31
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"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" by emily m. danforth, Chapters 1-4

After the death of her parents, a teenage girl struggles with her identity. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, Chapters 17-19
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"The First Rule of Punk" by Celia C. Pérez, Chapters 1–9

Twelve-year-old Malú loves punk rock, but her mother and the strict principal at her new school definitely do not. With the help of her fellow "misfits," Malú fights to express who she truly is. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–9, Chapters 10–19, Chapters 20–38
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"Lucky Broken Girl" by Ruth Behar, Parts I and II

Recent immigrants from Cuba, Ruthie and her family are just learning to adjust to life in New York City when Ruthie is severely injured in a car accident. This novel, based in part on the author's childhood experiences, won the 2018 Pura Belpré Award. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Parts I and II, Part III, Parts IV and V
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"When I Was the Greatest" by Jason Reynolds, Chapters 1–3

In his debut novel, award-winning writer Jason Reynolds tells the story of Ali, a teenager who tries to stay out of trouble in his gritty Brooklyn neighborhood. But when one of his friends is attacked, Ali is drawn into a real fight — with real consequences. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–3, Chapters 4–6, Chapters 7–9, Chapters 10–12, Chapters 13–16 Here are links to our lists for other books by Jason Reynolds: The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys, Long Way Down, Ghost, Patina, Sunny, Lu
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"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Influenced by Charlotte Perkins Gilman's personal experiences, "The Yellow Wallpaper" tells the story of a woman who is forbidden from working due to "nervous depression" and begins to obsess over the unusual wallpaper in her room.
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