"Allegiant," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-11

In the final book of the trilogy by Veronica Roth, Tris and Tobias both have a voice. Sift through this list to find words used in capturing the lies and truths that threaten their relationship and everything they have ever known. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-11, Chapters 12-22, Chapters 23-33, Chapters 34-44, Chapter 45-Epilogue Here are links to our lists for the first two books: Divergent, Insurgent
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"If I Stay," Vocabulary from 7:09 a.m.-10:12 a.m.

Haunted by a true tragedy, Gayle Forman works through her grief by entering the mind of a 17-year-old coma patient. Search this list for images of life and death that connect to the character's decision to stay or let go. Here are links to our lists for the novel: 7:09 a.m.-10:12 a.m., 12:19 p.m.-5:40 p.m., 7:13 p.m.-9:06 p.m., 10:40 p.m.-2:48 a.m., 4:57 a.m.-7:16 a.m.
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"Uglies," Vocabulary from Part One

In this first of a four-book series, Scott Westerfeld introduces a society where everyone starts off ugly, but then gets free cosmetic surgery to turn into a pretty person who parties all day. Look inside this list of words to see why this is not as appealing as it seems. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part One, Part Two, Part Three
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"Lyddie," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-8

Lyddie dreams of going to college so that she can make a better life for herself, but nineteenth-century America makes this difficult for a poor farm girl. Work through this list of words to see how the award-winning author Katherine Paterson shows the determination of her main character. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-8, Chapters 9-15, Chapters 16-23
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"Insurgent," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

In this sequel by Veronica Roth, Tris faces more difficult choices. Put your mind into this list to see how her decisions diverge from the norm to affect not only her but also families, friends, and her entire society. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-9, Chapters 10-18, Chapters 19-27, Chapters 28-37, Chapters 38-47 Here is a link to our lists for the first book in the trilogy: Divergent
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"All the Bright Places," Vocabulary from Part One

The ledge of a bell tower does not seem like a bright place to be, however, it is where two suicidal teenagers meet and try to convince each other that there are better choices. See the words Jennifer Niven uses to bring her two main characters to life. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part One, Part Two, Part Three
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"Johnny Tremain," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-3

The year after winning a Pulitzer Prize for a biography of Paul Revere, Esther Forbes revisited colonial America through the eyes of a teenage apprentice silversmith. Learn how the author molded fictional characters into a historical era to earn the 1944 Newbery Medal. This list focuses on work. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4-6, Chapters 7-9, Chapters 10-12
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"Bomb," Vocabulary from Prologue-Part One

The subtitle of this award-winning nonfiction narrative by Steve Sheinkin is "The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon." With this list, you can be thrilled by spies and explosions while also building your knowledge of the science and history behind the atomic bomb. Here are links to our lists for the book: Prologue-Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four-Epilogue
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"Beauty Queens," Vocabulary from Prologue-Chapter 9

How would 50 teenage beauty pageant contestants survive on a deserted island? Libba Bray has some ideas that might make you both laugh and think. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Prologue-Chapter 9, Chapters 10-17, Chapters 18-29, Chapter 30-Epilogue
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"Brown Girl Dreaming," Vocabulary from Part I

Her mother warned her not to write about the family, but Jacqueline Woodson respectfully ignored the advice and produced images that won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Newbery Honor Award. See the words used by the Poetry Foundation's 2015 Young People's Poet Laureate. Here are links to our lists for the memoir: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V-Author's Note
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"Island of the Blue Dolphins," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

For more than 2,000 years, San Nicolas Island was home to Native Americans who lived in harmony with the animals and land. But then, through war and migration, only one young girl remained, and she had to learn how to survive on her own for 18 years. See how this true story inspired Scott O'Dell to win the 1961 Newbery Medal. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-9, Chapters 10-19, Chapter 20-Afterword
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"Will Grayson, Will Grayson," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

In alternating chapters, John Green and David Levithan develop two different characters whose teenage identities and lives intertwine in humorous, heartbreaking, and transformative ways. Try to figure out which Will Grayson connects to the words and example sentences in this list. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, Chapters 17-20
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"The Unfinished Angel," Vocabulary from Peoples-My Territory

Learn this list to speak like the angel who looks over an international school and teams up with a young American girl to bring a Swiss Alps village a little bit closer to heaven. Here are links to our lists for Sharon Creech's novel: Peoples-My Territory, Swishing in the Night-Meatballs, The Nature of Zola-What the Angel Knows
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"Crispin," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-20

In the first book of a trilogy, the main character is introduced as Asta's son. The 13-year-old peasant is then declared a wolf's head, and in fleeing for his life across 14th century England, he becomes the Bear's servant. Find out why Avi (whose real name is Edward Irving Wortis) won the 2003 Newbery Medal for his development of Crispin's true identity. Here are links to our lists for "The Cross of Lead": Chapters 1-20, Chapters 21-40, Chapters 41-58
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"Code Talker," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

Listen, grandchildren, to a story that has been kept secret by the government for twenty years. Look here for words describing the Navajo Marines of World War Two, which Joseph Bruchac dedicated to all American Indian soldiers. This list focuses on mission school. Here are links to our lists for the novel based on real people and historical events: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-12, Chapters 13-17, Chapters 18-23, Chapter 24-Author's Note
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"Touching Spirit Bear," Vocabulary from Part One

"Justice should heal, not punish." This is the idea behind the program called Circle Justice, and if it could help a 15-year-old avoid jail time for beating his classmate into the hospital, he will sign up. But instead of allowing his main character to find a way to escape the one-year banishment to an Alaskan island, Ben Mikaelsen develops the plot to show how a mythical bear can reach and tame an angry spirit. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part One, Part Two
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"Tuesdays with Morrie," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-7

The subtitle of this nonfiction bestseller is "an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson." Set some time aside to learn about how to live from conversations between a dying 78-year-old sociology professor and his former student. Here are links to our lists for the memoir by Mitch Albom: Chapters 1-7, Chapters 8-15, Chapters 16-21, Chapter 22-Afterword
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"Kaffir Boy," Vocabulary from Part I

Many thought that Mark Mathabane was crazy to play tennis. It was seen as a sport for rich, white people, and he was the oldest of seven children born into a black family living illegally in a rat-infested ghetto outside Johannesburg. See why the words in "The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa" won an award for inspiring hope and affirming the highest values of the human spirit. Here are links to our lists for the autobiography: Part I, Part II, Part III
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"Red Scarf Girl," Vocabulary from Prologue-Writing Da-zi-bao

Born in Shanghai on Chinese New Year, Ji-li Jiang was given a name of luck and beauty, with hopes that she would become the happiest girl in the world. And she was, until sixth grade. That year, 1966, the Cultural Revolution started. The red scarf Young Pioneer who was the Student Council President soon found her family being persecuted because her grandfather was a landlord. Here are links to our lists for the memoir: Prologue-Writing Da-zi-bao, Red Successors-The Sound of Drums and Gongs, The Propaganda Wall-Fate, Junior High School at Last-Half-City Jiangs, The Class Education Exhibition-Epilogue
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"Grendel," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4

Inspired by the Old English epic poem about Beowulf and a love-hate relationship with the philosophy and writing style of the French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, American author John Gardner sets out to capture the main ideas of Western civilization. See what you can learn from the perspective of a lonely, misunderstood creature who aches to rise above the cursed life he was born into. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-7, Chapters 8-12
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"The Return of the Native," Vocabulary from Book One

For nineteenth-century British publishers, the themes that Thomas Hardy wrote about were too hot to handle. But this might be exactly why they caught the heart of the twentieth-century American character Holden Caulfield. Originally modeled on the format of Greek tragedies, but expanded to include a happy ending, the novel has six parts: The Three Women, The Arrival, The Fascination, The Closed Door, The Discovery, and Aftercourses. Check out this list to find out more about why readers will keep returning to this tale. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Book One, Book Two, Book Three, Book Four, Book Five, Book Six Here is a link to the full text: The Return of the Native
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"Fever 1793," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

During the summer of 1793, Philadelphia was the capital of the United States, but this did not stop mosquitoes from swarming the city, spreading yellow fever, and killing 5,000 residents. Through the perspective of a 16-year-old character, Laurie Halse Anderson takes the readers into this historical time when dreams of getting rich and traveling to France are replaced with a nightmarish struggle to survive. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-13, Chapters 14-19, Chapters 20-24, Chapter 25-Epilogue
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Svetlana Alexievich wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

Svetlana Alexievich, from Belarus, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on October 8, 2015. Alexievich, a journalist, specializes in compiling oral histories of major events in Russian history, including the female experience in World War II, the war with Afghanistan, and the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. The latter collection of interviews is the source of the vivid quotes below. Alexievich draws out details from her interview subjects that were kept hidden from the world at the time of the disaster and also gives her subjects room to express the emotional impact of the tragedy.
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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 Old Man and the Sea," Vocabulary from the novella

A 1953 Pulitzer Prize winner, which contributed to the Nobel committee recognizing Ernest Hemingway for all his literary works the following year, this short novel is focused on the age-old conflict between man and nature. The old man is Santiago, and the sea is just one part of nature that he fights against in order to survive. Fish for more clues in this list. Here is a link to our lists for another novel by the award-winning author: A Farewell to Arms
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