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"The Battle of the Labyrinth," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

About to enter high school, Percy Jackson is faced with new earthly, underground, and magical battles. Train your mind with this list so that you can wield words like Rick Riordan. Here are links to our lists for Book 4 of the pentalogy: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, Chapters 17-20 Here are links to our lists for Books 1-4 of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth Here are links to our lists for Books 2 and 5 of "The Heroes of Olympus" series: The Son of Neptune, The Blood of Olympus
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"Confessions of a Murder Suspect," Vocabulary from Part 1

Learn dark secrets about the ironically named Angel family created by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part 1, Part 2
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"Hollow City," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

Picking up where he first left off, this second book of the series by Ransom Riggs moves the action away from an endangered island home towards war-torn London. Enlist these words into your vocabulary to understand how the abilities of the peculiar children affect their fates. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-7, Chapters 8-10, Chapters 11-13 Here is a link to our lists for Book 1 of the series: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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"Goodbye Stranger," Vocabulary from Part One

Discover the words Rebecca Stead uses to develop a seventh grade perspective on friendship and love. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
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"Night," Vocabulary from Sections 1-3

The horror and sheer misery of the Nazi concentration camps are represented in Elie Wiesel's "Night," which serves as a testament to the inhumanity man is capable of and a reminder to never let such a thing happen again. Learn these word lists for the memoir: Sections 1-3, Sections 4-5, Sections 6-9
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"Ungifted," Vocabulary from Unearthed-Unrepaired

Unruly Donovan Curtis is unlike his classmates. Understand how unforgettable he is through this list of words used by Gordon Korman. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Unearthed-Unrepaired, Unsurprised-Unforgivable, Unreal-Unlittered
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"The Sea of Monsters," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

Join Percy Jackson and his friends on their quests by conquering these monstrous words used by Rick Riordan. Here are links to our lists for Book 2 of the pentalogy: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, Chapters 17-20 Here are links to our lists for Books 1-4 of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth Here are links to our lists for Books 2 and 5 of "The Heroes of Olympus" series: The Son of Neptune, The Blood of Olympus
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"Cosmos," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

To educate the world about the universe, Carl Sagan developed this book at the same time as the original 1980 television series. Learn this list of words used by the award-winning scientist, philosopher, and author. Here are links to our lists for the scientific text: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-9, Chapters 10-13
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"A Brief History of Time," Vocabulary from Foreword-Chapter 2

Learn this list of words used by physicist Stephen Hawking to explain theories of the universe. Here are links to our lists for the scientific text: Foreword-Chapter 2, Chapters 3-5, Chapters 6-8, Chapters 9-12, Einstein-Newton
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"The Son of Neptune," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-12

Percy Jackson is supposed to be the son of Poseidon, but when he wakes up, his brain is fuzzy. Fighting off gorgons, he finds his way to Camp Jupiter, which looks familiar but also feels wrong. Learn this list of words to follow the quests of the characters revived and created by Rick Riordan. Here are links to our lists for Book 2 of "The Heroes of Olympus" series: Chapters 1-12, Chapters 13-24, Chapters 25-36, Chapters 37-52 Here is a link to our lists for Book 5 of "The Heroes of Olympus" series: The Blood of Olympus Here is a link to our lists for Book 1 of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series: The Lightning Thief
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"Because of Winn-Dixie," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

A dog can be the best find at a grocery store. Learn the words Kate DiCamillo used to show why this is true for her ten-year-old narrator. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-9, Chapters 10-18, Chapters 19-26
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"Out of My Mind," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

Born with cerebral palsy, Melody has difficulty getting the words in her mind out into the open. Yet, this almost-eleven-year-old will challenge you to match her vocabulary. Learn this list of words based on the fictional autobiography by award-winning author Sharon M. Draper. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-12, Chapters 13-19, Chapters 20-26, Chapters 27-33
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"Silent Spring," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

Learn the words used by Rachel Carson that brought attention to the destruction of the environment and motivated the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Here are links to our lists for the nonfiction text: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-9, Chapters 10-13, Chapters 14-17
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"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," Vocabulary from Introduction-Chapter 4

John Boyne refers to his story as a fable. But its primary setting is the real death camp of Auschwitz, and the main characters are two young boys whose friendship highlights the inhumanity around them. Keep an eye out for moral and painful truths in this list of words. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Introduction-Chapter 4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, Chapters 17-20
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"Jude the Obscure," Vocabulary from Part First

A young man aspires to become a scholar but he is thwarted by his working-class background, the church, marriage, Victorian society, and death. Learn the words that created so much scandal for Thomas Hardy that he stopped writing novels. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part First, Part Second, Part Third, Part Fourth, Part Fifth, Part Sixth Here is a link to the full text: Jude the Obscure
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"Twelfth Night," Vocabulary from Act 1

The twelfth night of Christmas marked the end of winter celebrations in 17th century England. Before stepping down, the Lord of Misrule presided over activities that, in the spirit of foolish fun, turned the kingdom upside down. Learn these words to find out how much William Shakespeare allowed his characters to do what they will. This list focuses on excess. Here are links to our lists for the play: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, Act 5 Here is a link to the full text: Twelfth Night
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"Legend," Vocabulary from Part One

According to the Republic, the United States never existed, and anybody who opposes its military regime should not continue to exist. From two first-person perspectives, Marie Lu shows how Day and June start off on opposite sides of those beliefs, yet end up discovering that what they have in common is worth risking everything for. Learn these words so that you can be a legend, prodigy, and champion. Here are links to our lists for the first book in the trilogy: Part One, Part Two
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"Harriet Tubman," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

Her basket name was Minty, but she grew up to be known as "Moses of her people" and "Conductor on the Underground Railroad." Ann Petry focuses on describing the woman who secretly led slaves to the North, but also gives glimpses of the cook, nurse, scout, and spy who worked for the Union army to bring about constitutional freedom. Learn this list to find out more about the personal and historic life of Harriet Tubman. Here are links to our lists for the biography: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-12, Chapters 13-18, Chapters 19-22
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"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," Vocabulary from Part I

Through a mix of English, Spanish, slang, neologisms, academic footnotes, and supernatural references, several narrators tell how members of a cursed Dominican family (including the title character) struggle to live and love. Learn this list of words to see why the multilingual author Junot Diaz won the Pulitzer Prize. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part I, Part II, Part III
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"Silas Marner," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

In weaving her tale around a main character, George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) shows how Marner's conflicts with fortune, family, and faith compare to those around him. Enrich your vocabulary with this list of words. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapters 11-15, Chapters 16-18, Chapter 19-Conclusion Here is a link to the full text: Silas Marner
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Beverly Cleary Turns 100!

Author Beverly Cleary turns 100 years old on April 12, 2016. Cleary's books are all about kids, but they are more specifically about what it feels like to be a kid -- especially what it feels like to grow up, awkward and confused about the world around you. One of the things that is special about the adventures of Cleary's creations -- like Ramona Quimby, and Beezus, and Ralph S. Mouse -- is that there are no real lessons in these books, no author's voice giving a lecture, and yet eventually, things get a little clearer and less awkward for the characters. And for the reader, too. Here are 10 vocabulary words drawn from Beverly Cleary talking about her life and her work.
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"The Titan's Curse," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

"The Titan's curse must one withstand." Study this list to find out what these and other powerful words used by Rick Riordan mean to the demigods and gods featured in this sequel. Here are links to our lists for Book 3 of the pentalogy: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, Chapters 17-20 Here are links to our lists for Books 1-4 of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth Here are links to our lists for Books 2 and 5 of "The Heroes of Olympus" series: The Son of Neptune, The Blood of Olympus
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"Enrique's Journey," Vocabulary from Prologue-Chapter 3

The subtitle describes the story as "a boy's dangerous odyssey to reunite with his mother." Learn the words that helped the journalist Sonia Nazario earn the Pulitzer Prize for this touching work of nonfiction. Here are links to our lists for the nonfiction narrative: Prologue-3, Chapters 4-6, Chapter 7-Afterword
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"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," Vocabulary from Prologue-Chapter 4

In this first book of a series, realistic photos and a fictional narrator combine to depict a strange island where supposedly dangerous orphans were quarantined and killed. See the words Ransom Riggs used to chillingly bring his images to life. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Prologue-Chapter 4, Chapters 5-6, Chapters 7-9, Chapters 10-11
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"The Picture of Dorian Gray," Vocabulary from Preface-Chapter 4

In developing a main character who would trade his soul for the power that comes with eternal youth and beauty, Oscar Wilde outraged Victorian society. As you learn this list, beware of words that, despite censorship and revisions, nearly landed the author in jail. This list focuses on influence. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Preface-Chapter 4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, Chapters 17-20 Here is a link to the full text: The Picture of Dorian Gray
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