Welcome to the site for our MY LIFE AS...books. We're a mother and son team who write and illustrate books for kids - like you! Come on in and explore - and keep reading! - Janet & Jake
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      ACCENT

      HOW SOMEONE TALKS BECAUSE OF WHERE THEY LIVE

      “THE WAITER HAD SUCH A STRONG FRENCH ACCENT, BILLY COULDN’T UNDERSTAND HIM AND ENDED UP ORDERING RAW EGGS AND PEANUTS.”

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      ACCIDENT

      SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T PLAN

      “TOMMY HAD AN ACCIDENT WITH HIS MOM’S VASE.”

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      ACCOMPANY

      TO GO WITH SOMEONE

      “BECAUSE HE WAS AFRAID OF SQUIRRELS, MARVIN ASKED JACK TO ACCOMPANY HIM TO THE PARK.”

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      ANIMATE

      TO MAKE PICTURES MOVE

      “BETHANY ANIMATED HER DRAWINGS INTO A MOVIE SHE COULD SHOW HER FRIENDS.”

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      ANNOY

      TO REALLY BOTHER SOMEONE

      “WHY DID HENRY ALWAYS ANNOY HIS FRIENDS?”

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      ANTICIPATION

      TO REALLY REALLY WAIT FOR SOMETHING

      “TERRY SLEPT BY THE MAILBOX IN ANTICIPATION OF THE BIRTHDAY CHECK FROM HIS GRANDMA. IT WAS THREE DAYS LATE AND MADE OUT TO ONE OF HIS COUSINS.”

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      APPRECIATE

      TO BE GRATEFUL FOR

      “BILL APPRECIATED TED RAKING THE LEAVES WITH HIM SATURDAY AFTERNOON.”

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      APPRENTICE

      SOMEONE WHO IS LEARNING.

      "€œPROFESSOR JACKSON THOUGHT WAYNE WAS A GOOD APPRENTICE"

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      AROMA

      A PLEASANT SMELL

      “HAROLD FOLLOWED THE AROMA OF THE BLUEBERRY PIE ALL THE WAY TO THE KITCHEN.”

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      ARTERY

      A MUSCULAR ELASTIC TUBE THAT CARRIES BLOOD AWAY FROM THE HEART. PART OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM.

      “SAM WAS AFRAID HE HAD CUT OPEN AN ARTERY.”

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      ASSISTANCE

      TO HELP SOMEONE

      “PAUL GAVE HIS ELDERLY NEIGHBOR SOME ASSISTANCE EVEN THOUGH SHE SMELLED LIKE MOTHBALLS.”

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      BETRAY

      TO BE FALSE OR DISLOYAL TO. TO GIVE INFORMATION TO THE ENEMY

      “TOM WAS CRUSHED THAT MARY BETRAYED HIM WITH HIS BEST FRIEND.”

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      CELEBRITY

      SOMEONE WHO IS FAMOUS

      “SAM TOOK A PHOTO OF A CELEBRITY HE SAW IN HOLLYWOOD.”

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      COAX

      TO TALK SOMEONE INTO SOMETHING

      “TOM COAXED JERRY OUT OF HIS HOLE WITH SOME CHEESE.”

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      COMPANION

      SOMEONE YOU HANG OUT WITH

      “BILLY’S FAVORITE COMPANION WAS HOBO FREDDIE.”

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      CONJURE

      TO MAKE SOMETHING APPEAR

      “THE AMAZING ZOLAR CONJURED A RABBIT FROM HIS GRANDFATHER’S HAT.”

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      CONVENIENT

      HANDY, EASY.

      “IT WAS CONVENIENT THAT TYLER LIVED NEXT DOOR TO A LIBRARY SINCE HE TOOK OUT THIRTY-SEVEN BOOKS A WEEK.”

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      CUSTOM

      SOMETHING MADE JUST FOR YOU.

      “PIERRE GAVE HOWIE SOME CUSTOM-MADE PANTS.”

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      DENTURE

      FAKE TEETH

      “SAM LOVED TO PLAY WITH HIS GRANDFATHER’S DENTURES.”

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      DERELICT

      A PERSON WITHOUT A JOB OR HOME. SOMETHING IN NEED OF REPAIR.

      “BENNY’S WIFE MADE HIM A DERELICT.”

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      DESPERATE

      HAVING LOST ALL HOPE

      “BRAD WAS DESPERATE FOR HELP BUT THE SHIP SAILED BY.”

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      DETERMINE

      TO DECIDE

      “DANNY MUST DETERMINE THE BEST SCIENCE PROJECT FOR HIS CLASS.”

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      DIFFER

      TO DISAGREE WITH.

      “RICHIE DIFFERS WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON EVERY ISSUE.”

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      DISAPPOINT

      TO IGNORE, NOT PAY ATTENTION TO.

      “TREVOR DISREGARDED THE SIGN AT THE POOL.”

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      DISREGARD



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      DISTURB

      TO BOTHER SOMEONE

      “TODD’S FAVORITE THING TO DO WAS TO DISTURB HIS MOTHER ON THE PHONE.”

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      DREADLOCKS

      A HAIRSTYLE WITH HAIR TWISTED INTO LONG MATTED BRAIDS

      “SAMUEL HAS BEEN WEARING DREADLOCKS SINCE HIGH SCHOOL.”

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      EDIT

      TO CORRECT

      “MARIE ACTUALLY ENJOYS EDITING HER HOMEWORK.”

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      ELLIPSE

      AN OVAL SHAPE.

      “MAX WAS SO BUSY TALKING, HE DIDN’T NOTICE THE HOLE IN THE SHAPE OF AN ELLIPSE.”

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      EMERGE

      TO APPEAR, TO RISE FROM

      “TEDDY EMERGED FROM THE BOXES ON THE CARGO SHIP.”

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      ENCOURAGE

      TO CHEER SOMEONE ON

      “JANINE ENCOURAGED TOMMY ON HIS RUN.”

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      EVOLUTION

      HOW HUMANS AND ANIMALS CHANGE OVER TIME

      “THROUGH EVOLUTION, MAN’S SPEED HAS IMPROVED.

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      EXAGGERATE

      TO MAKE SOMETHING SEEM BETTER, WORSE, LARGER,OR MORE IMPORTANT THAN IT REALLY IS.

      “JOEY EXAGGERATED HOW MUCH FUN THE PARTY WAS.”

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      EXPENSIVE

      COSTING A LOT OF MONEY.

      “THE BRACELET SARAH WANTED FOR HER BIRTHDAY WAS VERY EXPENSIVE SO HER BROTHER GOT HER A BOX OF TIC-TACS INSTEAD.”

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      FEARLESS

      NOT AFRAID

      “CLARK WAS FEARLESS AS HE ENTERED THE FIRE.”

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      FLANKED

      TO HAVE SOMETHING ON EACH SIDE

      “RICK WAS FLANKED BY SALLY AND DEBBIE AT THE DANCE.”

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      FLORAL

      HAVING TO DO WITH FLOWERS

      “AT FIRST PETE WAS EMBARRASSED BY HIS MOTHER’S FLORAL SUITCASE, THEN HE KIND OF LIKED IT.”

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      FORMULA

      A FIXED PLAN FOR DOING SOMETHING. A RECIPE. A CHEMICAL EQUATION

      “PROFESSOR QUACKENBUSH CREATED A FORMULA FOR THE PERFECT SHAMPOO.”

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      FRAGRANT

      TO SMELL GOOD

      “DANNY THOUGHT THE FLOWERS HE BOUGHT HIS MOTHER WERE VERY FRAGRANT.”

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      GLIMPSE

      TO GET A QUICK LOOK AT

      “KARL GLIMPSED TED WHILE HE WAITED IN LINE FOR COFFEE.”

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      GLIMPSE

      TO GET A QUICK LOOK AT

      “KARL GLIMPSED TED WHILE HE WAITED IN LINE FOR COFFEE.”

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      HAZARDOUS

      VERY, VERY DANGEROUS

      “PLAYING WITH THE CHAINSAW TURNED OUT TO BE A HAZARDOUS ACTIVITY FOR THE WILLIAMS CHILDREN.”

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      HESITATE

      TO PAUSE

      “TIMMY HESITATED BEFORE LEAVING HIS TEACHER A NOTE.”

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      IDLE

      TO DO NOTHING, TO NOT MOVE

      “ERIC DECIDED TO BE IDLE THIS AFTERNOON.”

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      INJUSTICE

      WHEN SOMETHING’S NOT FAIR

      “SEAN AND TRAVIS COULDN’T BELIEVE THE INJUSTICE OF THE SCHOOL BOARD’S NEW RULING.”

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      INPENETRABLE

      SOMETHING YOU CAN’T GO THROUGH.

      “HANK FOUND THE BRICK WALL IMPENETRABLE.”

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      INVENTION

      SOMETHING YOU CREATE THAT’S NEVER BEEN CREATED BEFORE.

      “SIMON’S HOVER BOOTS INVENTION WAS A BIG HIT WITH HIS FRIENDS.”

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      INVESTIGATE

      TO CHECK SOMETHING OUT

      “PETER HAD TO INVESTIGATE WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS PET MOUSE.”

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      JEER

      TO MAKE FUN OF.

      “KEVIN DECIDED TO JEER THE COMEDIAN.”

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      JOUST

      TO FIGHT WITH LANCES, OFTEN ON HORSEBACK

      “MARCEL AND TRISTAN LIKED TO JOUST BEFORE DINNER.”

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      JUDGMENT

      DOING THE RIGHT THING

      “HARRY USED GOOD JUDGMENT IN MAKING HIS DECISION.”

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      LETHAL

      DEADLY. FATAL.

      “A BITE FROM THE RATTLESNAKE COULD BE FATAL.”

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      MATERNAL

      LIKE A MOTHER

      “MARY WAS VERY MATERNAL TO HER NIECE.”

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      MESSANGER

      SOMEONE WHO DELIVERS NEWS

      “KARL THE PIGEON TOOK HIS MESSENGER JOB QUITE SERIOUSLY.”

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      METEORITE

      A CHUNK OF STONE OR METAL FROM OUTER SPACE.

      “THE METEORITE HEADED TOWARDS EARTH.”

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      NEGOTIATION

      TO GO BACK AND FORTH DECIDING WHAT IS FAIR BETWEEN TWO SIDES.

      “CHUCK AND TED HAD A TOUGH NEGOTIATION TO DECIDE WHO WOULD GET THE LAST STAR WARS ACTION FIGURE.”

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      OFFICIAL

      FROM A POSITION OF AUTHORITY, FORMAL

      “MARY ANNE GOT AN OFFICIAL NOTICE SAYING SHE MADE THE OLYMPIC TEAM.”

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      OMINOUS

      WHEN SOMETHING BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN

      “THE SKELETON WAS AN OMINOUS SIGN THAT THE KIDS SHOULDN’T BE IN THE JOHNSON’S BASEMENT.”

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      OUTRAGE

      SOMETHING VERY OFFENSIVE THAT PRODUCES ANGER

      “MARTY THOUGHT IT WAS AN OUTRAGE THAT THE CRIMINAL WAS SET FREE.”

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      PERMANENT

      LASTING FOREVER

      “UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM, STANLEY’S CONDITION WAS PERMANENT.”

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      PRECIOUS

      VERY VALUABLE

      “THE BABY BIRD WAS SO PRECIOUS, BRETT RAN IN THE HOUSE TO GET HIS CAMERA.”

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      PREDICT

      TO TELL THE FUTURE

      “AUNT IRENE PREDICTED THE SNOW STORM IN JULY.”

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      PREVENT

      TO STOP SOMETHING FROM HAPPENING

      “DOUG KNEW HE HAD TO PREVENT THE FIRE FROM SPREADING.”

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      PRODUCE

      FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

      “WHILE HIS MOTHER WAS IN THE PRODUCE DEPARTMENT, MARY EXPLORED THE CEREAL AISLE.”

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      PUNISH

      TO GIVE SOMEONE A PENALTY FOR DOING SOMETHING WRONG

      “WALTER WAS NOT HAPPY THAT HIS MOTHER PUNISHED HIM.”

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      RABIES

      A DEADLY DISEASE MAMMALS CAN GET

      “SARAH FOUND A RACCOON WITH RABIES IN THE DRIVEWAY.”

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      RECITAL

      A PERFORMANCE IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE

      “JOANIE HAD FUN PRACTICING FOR HER BALLET RECITAL.”

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      RECONSIDER

      TO THINK ABOUT SOMETHING AGAIN

      “GREG RECONSIDERED GOING TO THE MOVIES WITH MARK.”

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      REFLECTION

      AN IMAGE IN A MIRROR OR OTHER SURFACE

      “JOHN COULDN’T STOP LOOKING AT HIS REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR.”

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      REGISTER

      TO SIGN UP FOR SOMETHING

      “BILL REGISTERED FOR THE NEW KARATE CLASS.”

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      REPEATEDLY

      OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

      “TED BANGED HIS HEAD REPEATEDLY AGAINST THE WALL.”

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      RESIDENT

      SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN A PARTICULAR PLACE

      “THE JOHNSONS ARE RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK CITY.”

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      SACRIFICE

      TO GIVE SOMETHING OF YOURS TO SOMEONE ELSE.

      “MARLON SACRIFICED HIS FAVORITE NEW SHOES TO THE MAN WHO LOST EVERYTHING IN THE FIRE.”

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      SENIOR

      AN OLDER PERSON; SOMEONE WITH A LOT OF EXPERIENCE

      “WE TOOK NANA TO THE SENIOR CENTER TO SEE HER FRIENDS.”

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      SHOCKED

      SURPRISED, STUNNED, DAZED; TO FEEL A LITTLE ELECTRICITY

      “DOUG SHOCKED ZACH WHEN HE WALKED ACROSS THE RUG.”

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      SQUIRT

      TO EXPEL LIQUID IN A JET

      “DANNY AND BRUCE LIKE TO SQUIRT THEMSELVES WITH ICE COLD WATER ON HOT DAYS.”

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      STRIDE

      TO WALK.

      “TED STRODE TO THE MALL.”

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      SUBTLE

      IN A SMALL WAY; NOT OBVIOUS.

      “PETE WAS VERY SUBTLE WHEN HE TOLD TODD HE HAD KETCHUP ON HIS FACE.”

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      TOUSSLE

      TO HANDLE ROUGHLY

      “JANINE HATED IT WHEN HER AUNT TOUSLED HER HAIR.”

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      TRECHEROUS

      DANGEROUS.

      “STEVE’S MOM THOUGHT STANDING ON THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF WAS TREACHEROUS.”

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      UNFAMILIAR

      NOT KNOWN, NOT RECOGNIZED

      “THE MAN LOOKED FRIENDLY BUT UNFAMILIAR.”

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      ANXIOUS

      NERVOUS, WORRIED

      “TOMMY WAS ANXIOUS ABOUT SEEING THE DOCTOR.”

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      COLLEAGUE

      SOMEONE YOU WORK WITH

      “NED AND TED WERE COLLEAGUES ON THE CHAIN GANG.”