30th May 2015
A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons, By Cressida Cowell
Driftwood: Pieces of miscellaneous wood floating in the sea.
Reverberate: A loud, echoing noise that repeats.
Skulk: Stay hidden (because of sinisterness or cowardice).
Stinkpot: A bad smelling person.
Plug-ugly: Very ugly.
How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel, By Cressida Cowell
Indentation: A small inwards dent in something.
Affronted: Something that offends someone.
Jostled: Bumped around in a crowd.
26th May 2015
How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero, By Cressida Cowell
Bluebottle: A type of blowfly.
Deadening: To make something less intense.
Fretful: Feeling distressed.
Protruding: Sticking out of something.
Seabird: A bird from the sea.
Remises: A second thrust after an unsuccessful first one (swordfighting/fencing).
Imminent: About to happen quickly.
Druid: A priest or wizard.
Bard: Poet or musician.
13th May 2015
5th May 2015
How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale, By Cressida Cowell
Uncouth: lack of manners or grace.
Loutish: uncouth and thug-like.
Scalded: to be harmed by a very hot liquid.
Bootee: a baby’s shoe (made of wool).
Reverberating: a loud repeating noise.
Pustules: a pimple/blister with pus.
Opaqueness: blocking light; non-transparent.
Contorted: twisted or bent out of the usual shape of something.
Grotesque: very ugly.
Feverish: showing symptoms of a fever.
Jubilantly: showing great happiness.
Deluge: a huge flood.
2nd March 2015
16th December 2014
All the Wrong Questions: “Shouldn’t You Be in School?”, By Lemony Snicket
I found many new words in this book, however it did not feel too complicated. The words were just for enhancement, they did not confuse the meaning of the story. I found even more than the ones listed below, but I will try to reread parts of the book to find most of them.
Adversely/Adverse: Adjective, decreasing success or badly. Example: The feedback had adversely affected the author.
Lollygagging/Lollygag: Verb, informal way of saying that one uses time without aim or control. Example: “Come on! Quit lollygagging!” He shouted at me.
Arson: Noun, setting someone’s property on fire on purpose. Example: The man had comitted arson many times, which is why they sent him to prison.
Prestigious: Adjective, having a large influence on others; being of a high ranking. Example: We visited a very prestigious university.
Affix: Verb, attach or stick something to something else. Example: He was able to affix the sticker to his book.
Pedagogical/Pedagogic: Adjective, associated with teaching. Example: The man was skilled with pedagogics.
Slatternly: Adjective, untidy and unprofessional. Example: They were looking quite slatternly after last night.
Bashful: Adjective, shy; unwanting to draw attention to themselves. Example: The girl hiding in the corner was obviously quite bashful.
Farro: Noun, a type of grain similar to rice. Example: The farro from this restaurant was incredibly tasty.
Sautéed/Sauté: Adjective, fried quickly in hot fat. Example: He quickly sautéed the potatoes.
Zilch: Pronoun, informal way of saying nothing. Example: Even after all of the investigations, we learned zilch.
12th December 2014
The Scorch Trails, By: James Dashner
Decay: Verb, deteriorating or decomposition of an organic substance. Example: The child had a bad case of tooth decay.
Craggy: Adjective, containing many crags, which are steep hills. Example: They slowly hiked up the craggy mountain.