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"Bob" by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, Chapters 1–3

November 19, 2019
While visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy tries to fulfill a promise to help a magical creature find his way home.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–3, Chapters 4–7, Chapters 8–14, Chapters 15–20
pawn
"Never mind,” I say. I realize I’m squeezing something in the hand that Gran is not holding. I open it and see one of the black chess pieces. A pawn.
whimper
I glance at Beth Ann, who is still wiggling in her seat. Our eyes meet. As if she knows what I’m thinking, she quits her pre-crying and makes her someone feed me whimper.
flicker
My hand reaches for the doorknob. I know exactly where the light cord is, and I watch my hand reach out and pull it. The light flickers on.
sequin
Below that, clothes on hangers dangle from a bar. There’s a tutu with sequins and a few summer dresses for someone a lot smaller than me.
barely
Right now, Beth Ann is so small she can barely keep a shirt on. One shoulder is always falling out of the neck hole. If I try to fix it, she cries.
meditate
Meditated a few times after hearing Gran play a self-help tape on the benefits of calming the mind. This was actually not bad even though my legs cramped from sitting cross-legged.
abduct
She was abducted by aliens.
skeptical
I narrow my eyes at her. This is not easy, because I don’t actually have eyelids. I focus on looking skeptical and nonplussed.
nonplussed
I narrow my eyes at her. This is not easy, because I don’t actually have eyelids. I focus on looking skeptical and nonplussed.
stance
She takes in my firm stance and my disapproving expression and my toes, tapping on the carpet.
potentially
Lips turned up at the ends. Like I said, it was a potentially fake smile.
mutter
"I’ve heard that before,” he mutters from the other side.
drought
It’s called a drought. It’s bad for the plants, bad for the animals, and bad for the people who live around here.
hover
The zombie is hovering over the pirate ship again, this time with a Lego monkey in his hand.
timeless
"It doesn’t feel like the middle of the night, though I admit that a closet is not the best place to decide what time it is. There is a certain timelessness to closets. This one, anyway.”
gash
There was a big gash next to my ear, but it wasn’t as bad as what I had been imagining.
zest
I get to Z and trail my finger down the pages like I’ve seen Dad do. I move past zest (spirited enjoyment, gusto), past zodiac (a celestial path), and land on zombie. We lean in together to read the definition.
gusto
I get to Z and trail my finger down the pages like I’ve seen Dad do. I move past zest (spirited enjoyment, gusto), past zodiac (a celestial path), and land on zombie. We lean in together to read the definition.
zodiac
I get to Z and trail my finger down the pages like I’ve seen Dad do. I move past zest (spirited enjoyment, gusto), past zodiac (a celestial path), and land on zombie. We lean in together to read the definition.
celestial
I get to Z and trail my finger down the pages like I’ve seen Dad do. I move past zest (spirited enjoyment, gusto), past zodiac (a celestial path), and land on zombie. We lean in together to read the definition.

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