2020欧洲杯时间

"Allegedly" by Tiffany D. Jackson, Chapter 1

When Mary Addison was nine years old, she allegedly killed a child in her mother's care. But is Mary really guilty of the crime of which she was convicted? Read this gritty, suspenseful novel to find out.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1, Chapters 2–4, Chapters 5–8, Chapters 9–14, Chapters 15–18
Read more...

Start learning with an activity...

  • Practice

    Answer a few questions on each word. Get one wrong? We'll ask some follow-up questions. Use it to prep for your next quiz!
  • Spelling Bee

    Test your spelling acumen. See the definition, listen to the word, then try to spell it correctly. Beat your last streak, or best your overall time. Spellers of the world, untie!
  • Vocabulary Jam

    Compete head-to-head in real-time to see which team can answer the most questions correctly. Start a Jam and invite your friends and classmates to join!

Explore the Words

definitions & notes only words
  1. conceive
    judge or regard; look upon as
    People couldn't conceive of a child being capable of murder.
  2. unfathomable
    impossible to come to understand
    Even in present day, the act is unfathomable.
  3. personify
    attribute human qualities to something
    Mary is Rhoda's story, personified, begging the question: was there something that made her snap, or was the evil dormant all along?
  4. dormant
    inactive but capable of becoming active
    Mary is Rhoda's story, personified, begging the question: was there something that made her snap, or was the evil dormant all along?
  5. delinquent
    a young offender
    I’m surprised in a houseful of delinquents, no one has killed him yet. I guess he has survival skills, like me.
  6. chronic
    habitual
    Being a chronic unwanted guest can really suck.
  7. diabolical
    extremely evil or cruel
    Because in a few hours, the most dangerous, most diabolical, most conniving woman in the world is visiting me:
    My mother.
  8. conniving
    good at tricking people to get something
    Because in a few hours, the most dangerous, most diabolical, most conniving woman in the world is visiting me:
    My mother.
  9. transcript
    a written record of dictated or recorded speech
    Transcript from the December 12th Interview with Mary B. Addison.
  10. bodega
    small shop selling groceries, especially in a Hispanic area
    Juvie is for badass kids who do stuff like rob bodegas, steal cars, maybe stupidly try to kill someone.
  11. allegedly
    according to what has been declared but not proved
    Allegedly. That’s the word they always used.
  12. competent
    legally qualified or sufficient
    Who should decide the outcome—the criminal courts or mental health experts—and can such a young defendant be judged competent to stand trial?
  13. penitentiary
    a correctional institution for those convicted of crimes
    If found guilty as a juvenile, she could face the maximum eleven-year sentence, locked in a state penitentiary until she is twenty-one years of age.
  14. parole
    a conditional release from imprisonment
    It’s for visitors like family, social workers, or parole officers.
  15. linoleum
    a floor covering
    The yellow linoleum becomes blacker, years of dirt bleeding back into the floor.
  16. minion
    a servile or fawning dependent
    “Thanks, boss! We getting any more?” Ms. Reba asks, pressed for more minions to rule over.
  17. hobble
    walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury
    “Well, come on, child. Let me show you your room,” Ms. Stein says before hobbling down the hall, the mousy girl following behind her.
  18. mousy
    quiet, timid, and ineffectual
    “Well, come on, child. Let me show you your room,” Ms. Stein says before hobbling down the hall, the mousy girl following behind her.
  19. coroner
    an official who investigates death not due to natural causes
    The coroner ruled the cause of death as sudden infant death syndrome.
  20. neonatal
    relating to the infant during the first month after birth
    It is unclear where she received her training, but she worked exclusively in a neonatal care unit for many years.
  21. regal
    belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
    Her cream church hat is centered, a regal crown.
  22. remnant
    a small part remaining after the main part no longer exists
    I pull away, the remnants of her burgundy lipstick burning my cheek.
  23. ministry
    religious officiants collectively
    “...And the youth ministry is putting on a play next week for the church’s fiftieth anniversary. Oh, and baby girl, they’re so excited! They asked me to make the refreshments and I told them only if they behave ’cause they just about fought over my banana pudding at the...”
  24. sober
    dignified and serious in manner or character
    “And I still need to drop these flyers off for the church picnic next weekend. But before I leave, scripture for you. Ready? It’s from 1 Peter 5:8. It reads, ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.’”
  25. vigilant
    carefully observant or attentive
    “And I still need to drop these flyers off for the church picnic next weekend. But before I leave, scripture for you. Ready? It’s from 1 Peter 5:8. It reads, ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.’”
  26. adversary
    someone who offers opposition
    “And I still need to drop these flyers off for the church picnic next weekend. But before I leave, scripture for you. Ready? It’s from 1 Peter 5:8. It reads, ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.’”
  27. steadfast
    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
    “And I still need to drop these flyers off for the church picnic next weekend. But before I leave, scripture for you. Ready? It’s from 1 Peter 5:8. It reads, ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.’”
  28. affliction
    a cause of great suffering and distress
    “And I still need to drop these flyers off for the church picnic next weekend. But before I leave, scripture for you. Ready? It’s from 1 Peter 5:8. It reads, ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.’”
  29. tussle
    fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
    The tussling blond and black ball of hair ram into the wall, dust flying.
  30. pummel
    strike, usually with the fist
    Ms. Reba breaks up the fight (or the pummeling, however you want to look at it), and brings New Girl down to the kitchen to get fixed up.
Created on June 19, 2018 (updated August 12, 2019)

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, sheffieldwind.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.