WORD LISTS

30 Great Words from Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

June 6, 2012
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dread
obscene
The engine clanks, which makes the guys in the back holler something obscene.
abstinence
The school board has decided that "Merryweather High—Home of the Trojans" didn't send a strong abstinence message, so they have transformed us into the Blue Devils.
transformed
The school board has decided that "Merryweather High—Home of the Trojans" didn't send a strong abstinence message, so they have transformed us into the Blue Devils.
herd
Older students are allowed to roam until the bell, but ninth-graders are herded into the auditorium.
thespian
We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Thespians, Goths, Shredders.
attitude
I have entered high school with the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, the wrong attitude.
absorb
Our clan, the Plain Janes, has splintered and the pieces are being absorbed by rival factions.
rival
Our clan, the Plain Janes, has splintered and the pieces are being absorbed by rival factions.
faction
Our clan, the Plain Janes, has splintered and the pieces are being absorbed by rival factions.
lounge
Nicole lounges with the Jocks, comparing scars from summer league sports.
predator
A predator approaches: gray jock buzz cut, whistle around a neck thicker than his head.
approach
A predator approaches: gray jock buzz cut, whistle around a neck thicker than his head.
native
Another review of map skills, one week of Native Americans, Christopher Columbus in time for Columbus Day, the Pilgrims in time for Thanksgiving.
traumatic
I bet he suffers from post- traumatic stress disorder.
humble
Brown bags— humble testament to suburbia, or terminal geek gear?
terminal
Brown bags—humble testament to suburbia, or terminal geek gear?
gear
Brown bags—humble testament to suburbia, or terminal geek gear?
insulate
Insulated lunch bags—hip way to save the planet, or sign of an overinvolved mother?
inconspicuous
And it gives me time to scan the cafeteria for a friendly face or an inconspicuous corner.
bizarre
They all swear at him—a bizarre greeting practiced by athletic boys with zits.
gawk
All conversation stops as the entire lunchroom gawks, my face burning into their retinas.
ditch
I ditch my tray and bolt for the door.
torment
The floor is layered with dry splotches of paint, the walls plastered with sketches of tormented teenagers and fat puppies, the shelves crowded with clay pots.
hunch
He is hunched over a spinning pot, his hands muddy red.
venture
"A globe?" ventures a voice in the back.
flee
This broken ball could be used to express such powerful visions—you could paint a picture of it with people fleeing from the hole, with a wet-muzzled dog chewing Alaska—the opportunities are endless.
flutter
My stomach flutters.
plunge
I plunge my hand into the bottom of the globe and fish out my paper.
destiny
"You just chose your destiny, you can't change that."

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