Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers by Anna James Chapters 14-18

The Bookwanderers Vocabulary List

  1. affinity | see definition»

    a strong liking for or attraction to someone or something

    "It's this intense relationship that first starts pulling characters out of books, and why your first bookwander is normally into a book you have an affinity with."

  2. animated | see definition»

    full of life and energy

    Grandma was behind the till, chatting animatedly to a regular customer.

  3. avid | see definition»

    very eager

    It's a good job you're not an avid Lord of the Rings reader or we'd have to deal with this even more urgently.

  4. begrudging | see definition»

    said, done, or given reluctantly

    "That is Tilly Pages and she is my friend who is visiting Sir," Anne added begrudgingly.

  5. bluff | see definition»

    to pretend that you will do something or that you know or have something in order to trick someone into doing what you want

    "Yes, I believe you can see some of Lewis Carroll's manuscripts in the Treasures Gallery," Grandad bluffed.

  6. eventually | see definition»

    at some later time : in the end

    Eventually the corridor ended in a set of wooden double doors with twisty carved handles.

  7. falter | see definition»

    to hesitate in speech

    "I didn't mean to..." she faltered.

  8. flustered | see definition»

    upset or nervous

    "No, no." Grandad was flustered and frustrated.

  9. gawp | see definition»

    to stare at someone or something in a rude or stupid way

    "Okay, enough gawping for now."

  10. imposition | see definition»

    a demand or request that is not reasonable or that causes trouble for someone

    "Are you sure it's not an imposition?"

  11. induction | see definition»

    the act or process of placing someone in a new job or position

    "Most of those questions will be covered in your induction session with one of the librarians."

  12. interject | see definition»

    to interrupt what someone else is saying with (a comment, remark, etc.)

    "She wasn't worried until you said that," Oskar interjected.

  13. keen | see definition»

    full of enthusiasm : EAGER

    "It was something to do with Alice in Wonderland that you were keen on, wasn't it?"

  14. mingle | see definition»

    to move around during a party, meeting, etc., and talk informally with different people

    Slick-looking businesspeople shaking hands, and hipsters with slim laptop cases and reusable coffee mugs all mingled around them.

  15. monotony | see definition»

    a boring lack of change

    Tilly almost wished for the monotony of her usual classroom.

  16. nondescript | see definition»

    not easily described : having no special or interesting qualities, parts, etc. : typical and uninteresting

    Grandad's tone had implied something huge and grand, but they were standing in a narrow corridor with wooden floorboards and nondescript doors lining the walls that curled round into darkness.

  17. poise | see definition»

    a natural self-confident manner

    "I work so hard to maintain my poise in trying situations."

  18. sparse | see definition»

    present only in small amounts

    The others followed her into a room that was almost identical in shape and size to hers, but much more sparsely furnished and with walls covered with metal filing cabinets and shelves full of huge, uniformly sized books.

  19. tête-à-tête | see definition»

    a private conversation between two people

    "It sounds like you need to have a tête-à-tête with your grandfather.

  20. tumult | see definition»

    a state of noisy confusion or disorder

    The classroom erupted in shouts, gasps, and more tears from Tilly's desk-mate, and the tumult finally distracted Mr. Phillips from the sums he was writing on the board.

  21. vindictive | see definition»

    having or showing a desire to hurt someone who has hurt or caused problems for you

    "I am sorry to see a pupil of mine displaying such a temper and vindictive spirit," he said.

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