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First published SADDLEBACK PUBLISHING, INC. Three Watson Irvine, CA 92618-2767

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Published under licence 2005 by R.I.C. PUBLICATIONS® PTY LTD PO Box 332 Greenwood 6924 Western Australia www.ricgroup.com.au

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Distributed by: Australasia R.I.C. Publications, PO Box 332, Greenwood 6924, Western Australia: www.ricgroup.com.au United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Prim-Ed Publishing, Bosheen, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland: www.prim-ed.com Asia R.I.C. Publications, 5th Floor, Gotanda Mikado Building, 2-5-8 Hiratsuka, Shinagawa-Ku Tokyo, Japan 142-0051: www.ricpublications.com ©2005 Saddleback Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the publisher.

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FOREWORD At just 32 pages each, Prim-Ed Publishing’s new FAST FICTION SERIES has been specially designed for pupils who don’t yet equate ‘reading’ with ‘enjoyment’. The compelling plots and colourful young-adult characters will be highly motivating to all the pupils in your class. Short sentences and paragraphs, along with extensive use of dialogue, are further

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most reluctant readers will be finishing their first FAST FICTION and demanding another.

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Teachers notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4–5 Teachers notes—Suggested lesson plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

The barge ghost

Treasure at Silver Springs

Pre-reading warm-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Who, What, When, Where, Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Focus on words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 After-reading wrap-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Beasts

Pre-reading warm-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Who, What, When, Where, Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Focus on words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 After-reading wrap-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Read my lips

Pre-reading warm-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Who, What, When, Where, Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Focus on words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 After-reading wrap-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Blood and basketball

Ruby’s terrible secret

Pre-reading warm-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Who, What, When, Where, Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Focus on words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 After-reading wrap-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Pre-reading warm-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Who, What, When, Where, Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Focus on words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 After-reading wrap-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

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Pre-reading warm-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Who, What, When, Where, Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Focus on words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 After-reading wrap-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Pre-reading warm-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Who, What, When, Where, Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Focus on words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 After-reading wrap-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Pre-reading warm-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Who, What, When, Where, Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Focus on words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 After-reading wrap-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

The Dark Lady

Tough girl

Pre-reading warm-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Who, What, When, Where, Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Focus on words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 After-reading wrap-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Pre-reading warm-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Who, What, When, Where, Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Focus on words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 After-reading wrap-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Generic book report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48–55

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TEACHERS NOTES The handy reproducible worksheets in this guide are the perfect accompaniment to Prim-Ed Publishing’s super-short, super-accessible FAST FICTION SERIES. Four activity pages correlate with

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The Pre-reading warm-up exercise:

• introduces the book’s major themes with intriguing questions to help pupils relate

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• previews challenging vocabulary pupils

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The Who, What, When, Where, Why? exercise builds on a range of comprehension skills, such as: • character interpretation

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• sequence of events • cause and effect • noting details.

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• figurative language

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• synonyms and antonyms.

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• compound words

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The generic Book report activity on page 47 can be used with all the FAST FICTION titles in the series.

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TEACHERS NOTES—Suggested lesson plan Purpose: The pupil will be able to successfully read a short story and complete relevant comprehension and English activities which correspond to the text.

Materials: • one copy of the Prim-Ed Publishing’s FAST FICTION per pupil • enough copies of the four related reproducibles for each pupil • one copy of the Book report per pupil (see page 47) • class set of dictionaries

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Before reading: • Use the Pre-reading warm-up exercise to introduce the FAST FICTION title to the pupils. • Use the questions in Part A to generate small-group or whole-class discussion. Encourage pupils to share individual thoughts and ideas. Pupils also need to back up their own comments with supporting statements. The discussion process is important in aiding pupils to clarify their own thoughts and ideas. • Pupils record their own responses with supporting statements in their own words. • Introduce pupils to the vocabulary they will be confronted with in the text. Pupils should be encouraged to use a dictionary wherever possible to strengthen dictionary skills and expand their knowledge of words and their meaning. • Pupils read the clues and match the correct word to complete the crossword puzzle.

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During reading: • Provide pupils with a comfortable place to read. It is important that the reading experience be made as enjoyable as possible. Relaxing music can also be playing softly in the background while pupils are reading. • You may choose to set pupils a number of pages to read, then bring the class together to discuss the story so far. Ask questions that encourage pupils to think about what they have read and what they think might happen. • Pupils should be encouraged to predict ‘What do you think will happen next?’–type questions. Ask pupils to relate to the characters or a specific character. Involve the pupils in the plot by asking them ‘What would you do?’.

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After reading: • Encourage discussion among pupils about the characters, story-line, plot, title, ending and any points of interest pertaining to the story. Allow pupils to express their opinion on the story. • Talk about the main features of the story, including the style of writing, genre, choice of title, the author’s ending (How would the pupils have ended the story?), the way the author depicted each character, the use of stereotyping and so on. • Use the remaining three reproducibles to provide pupils with comprehension and language activities related to the text. If pupils find it difficult to recall facts to complete the activities, they can be encouraged to look back at the text to find the correct response. • Remember, these activities are not a test, they are designed to encourage pupils to read. Pupils must feel success in order to want to read again and again. Once pupils are reading regularly, with confidence, their comprehension skills and factual recall will improve. • Use the generic Book report found on page 47 of the Teachers guide to wrap-up the activities and provide pupils with a succinct overview of each title. • Answers can be found on pages 48–55.

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he barge ghost Pre-reading warm-up

Are you ready to read a good story? The following questions introduce some ideas, themes and situations you will meet in The barge ghost. Draw on your own imagination, experiences and opinions to answer the questions.

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1. Do you believe in supernatural beings or events? What evidence could convince you that the appearance of a ghost, for example, was real instead of fake?

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2. Characters in this story get summer jobs a long way from home. In what faraway place would you like to live for a few months? Why would you want to go there?

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3. A character in this story gets valuable information by researching on the Internet. Give two reasons why online research might be more productive than looking something up in print resources (encyclopedias, for example). 4. Three characters agree that their workplace is a ‘rumour mill’. What does that mean? Give an example.

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he barge ghost Who, What, When, Where, Why?

CHARACTER STUDY Write a character’s name to answer each question. 1. Who suggested that a seance be held?

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2. Who researched the Aleutian Sun’s history on the Internet? 3. Who was accused of stealing $50 000?

6. Who told Sunni there was probably a ghost in the ship’s hold?

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5. Who told the girls that the barge had once been a fishermen’s morgue?

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4. Who hated it when anyone spoke badly about her friends?

Colour the words that correctly complete the sentences.

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1. Why was the hold the coldest part of the ship?

2. Why was Sam Goodman tried in absentia?

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he barge ghost Focus on words

SYNONYMS Synonyms are words with the same or nearly the same meaning. Write a synonym from the box next to each word in bold print from the story. Hint: You will not use all the words in the box.

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After each sentence from the story, colour the antonym of the word in bold print. 1. The sac of salmon eggs felt cold and slimy. dry

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2. Stinky clothes were a fact of life on the barge.

3. Goodman’s wife died brokenhearted and penniless.

4. Sam Goodman was convicted of the crime.

5. Both girls finally drifted into an uneasy sleep.

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he barge ghost After-reading wrap-up

THINKING ABOUT THE STORY (If you need more room for your answers, use the back of this sheet.)

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1. To get through a long, tiring work shift, Bree daydreams about being at a ‘really awesome party’. Describe two things you enjoy daydreaming about.

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5. People who attend a seance try to get messages from the dead. Give reasons to support your opinion. Do you think such a thing is possible?

6. Why did the ghost keep repeating ‘Moby Dick’? What did the ghost want the group of friends to do?

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easts Pre-reading warm-up

Are you ready to read a good story? The following questions introduce some ideas, themes and situations you will meet in Beasts. Draw on your own imagination, experiences and opinions to answer the questions.

THEMES (Write your answers on the back of this sheet.)

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2. Have you ever met or read about someone who turned out to be very different from what he or she first claimed to be? What was the intent of the deception? How did it feel to discover the truth?

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3. How important is a name? Do you think people’s names can have real significance in their lives? Explain why or why not. Give examples.

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easts Who, What, When, Where, Why?

CHARACTER STUDY Write a character’s name to answer each question. 1. Who waited on tables at the Top Cat Restaurant? 2. Who waited on tables in the hotel dining room?

5. Who was Ellie’s laboratory partner at school?

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3. Who caught Ellie when she jumped from the window?

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4. Why did Ulric say he couldn’t tell Ellie where the safe house was located?

5. Why did Ellie think the people in the small town were so different from city people?

6. What did Debra say to explain Luard’s behaviour?

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CHOOSING THE CORRECT WORD Write the word that completes each sentence. elite

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3. Ellie DEZAG wonder at Detective Ulric.

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THINKING ABOUT THE STORY (If you need more room for your answers, use the back of this sheet.)

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2. Why did Detective Ulric refuse to have the attacker’s blood analysed for DNA?

3. Ulric asked Ellie a question that he later tried to pass off as ‘just a joke’. What was his question?

5. What did Debra tell Ellie about the meaning of Ulric’s name? What does Ellie’s own last name mean?

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6. Who did Ellie see in the clearing? How was their appearance different? What were they doing?

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Are you ready to read a good story? The following questions introduce some ideas, themes and situations you will meet in Blood and basketball. Draw on your own imagination, experiences and opinions to answer the questions. THEMES (Write your answers on the back of this sheet.)

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2. Would a parentless teenager always be better off living with a relative than a friend? Explain why you do or do not think so. Use examples to prove your point. 3. In your opinion, what would be the major benefits of having a very special talent? In order of importance, list three significant benefits.

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4. Do you think success in life is more a matter of lucky breaks or dedication and hard work? First, write your own definition of ‘a successful life’. Then explain how you think that life can be achieved.

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CHARACTER STUDY Write a letter to match each character with something he said in the story. Dale

(a) ‘I don’t want anybody getting stabbed for just walking in my door.’

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Carl

(b) ‘You told the cops Gibb stole your car.’

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(c) ‘I appreciate your concerns, but we need Curtis on the team.’

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Will

(d) ‘We’re just going to take a break and have a little fun.’

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Bode

(e) ‘He’s a problem waiting to happen.’

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Answer the questions in complete sentences.

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1. Why did the coach insist that Dale live in Will’s house?

2. Why was Will afraid that Dale might get kicked off the team?

3. Why did the Eagles ‘take Dale to the ceiling’?

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MULTIPLE-MEANING WORDS Many English words have more than one meaning. Notice the meaning of the word in bold print in each sentence from the story. Then write a sentence using another meaning of the word.

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3. ‘You could wipe that guy off the court’, Bode said.

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6. Dale’s mum had been walking home after working the night shift.

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The words in many colourful English expressions are not meant to be taken literally. Explain the meaning of each group of words in bold print from the story. 1. After the game, Dale was on top of the world.

2. Bode said he’d learnt to watch his back while he was in prison.

3. ‘Nobody ever looked out for my brother like I did’, Bode insisted.

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THINKING ABOUT THE STORY (If you need more room for your answers, use the back of this sheet.) 1. Do you like the title of this book?

Why or why not?

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Use your imagination to help you come up with two alternative titles.

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2. Which character in Blood and basketball was most like you? Which one was least like you? Explain your answers. Most like you: Least like you:

3. Most of the sad and difficult things in Dale’s young life had been out of his control. As the story progressed, a very important decision was in his control. Give two reasons to support your opinion. Do you think he chose wisely?

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4. Do you think team owners and coaches often disagree about a player’s value to the team? Who do you suppose usually wins the argument? Why?

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5. Student athletes should be required to graduate before moving on to play professionally. List two arguments for that requirement and two arguments against it.

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us 99 Pre-reading warm-up

Are you ready to read a good story? The following questions introduce some ideas, themes and situations you will meet in Bus 99. Draw on your own imagination, experiences and opinions to answer the questions.

THEMES (Write your answers on the back of this sheet.)

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1. Have you ever fallen asleep in an inappropriate place (class, church, cinema etc.)? Did anyone notice? Were you embarrassed? Explain what happened.

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2. Why do things turn out the way they do? Do you believe that everyone is born with a certain fate or destiny? What do you think might be destined to happen in your life? 3. In what ways does the death of a parent often influence a family’s present and future? Give at least two examples.

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4. Write at least three sentences describing the most unusual, interesting (or downright weird) dream you ever had.

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6. an institution of higher learning

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3. something given by an ancestor who has died 4. substance found in all living things and in foods like meat, eggs, beans etc.

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CHARACTER STUDY

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have moved his newsagency to the other side of the street?

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Where did Jamal meet Latonya?

(a)

a terrible car accident

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Who told Tyrone it was time to go back to his home?

(b)

a jagged scar

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What was Luke surprised to see on Jamal’s forehead?

(c)

Jake

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What had happened on 8 August 1996?

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fate

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riders robust

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5. Aaron was fascinated his brother.

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enlightening

departure despised

invigorated

1. tired

7. noticed

2. exotic

8. strange

3. popular

9. permanently

4. grief

10. bewildering

5. arrival

11. reasonable

6. nervous

12. fiercely

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familiar calm

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motives

spam

jealousy

snide

solo

twinge

dozed

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aisle

duet

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RECALLING DETAILS Circle the correct answer to each question. 1. Whose earring was found in the pocket of Isaac’s jacket?

5. What facilities in the Paris airport were unacceptable to Phillip? (a) the bathrooms

(b) Phillip’s

(b) the waiting area

(c) Nineve’s

(c) the restaurants

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(b) Andrew

(a) Jerusalem (b) Paris

(b) magnificent

(a) Isaac

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7. During the rehearsal, what came crashing down on stage ‘like a falling tree’? (a) the stage curtain (b) the sound system (c) a row of lights

(c) Ken

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8. When he felt the knife blade on his cheek, what was Andrew’s first thought? (a) that Isaac was insane (b) that he’d never see Jenny again (c) that he would be scarred 9. Early in the story, what did Jenny suggest about Andrew’s feelings for Nineve? (a) that he had a crush on her (b) that he secretly hated her (c) that he wished she wasn’t married

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SYNONYMS AND ANTONYMS Write a synonym or an antonym from the box next to its matching word from the story.

practice

events

sunny

catastrophe

clumsy

mediocre

meticulous

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exquisite

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rosy

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2. incidents

7. foggy

3. disaster

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9. pale

4. rehearsal

10. carefree

5. elegant

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2. The Dark Lady’s finish was a deep brown colour.

3. Phillip lifted his bow to the violin.

4. A man pointed to Phillip’s violin case.

5. It was time for the musicians to board their flight.

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THINKING ABOUT THE STORY (If you need more room for your answers, use the back of this sheet.)

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2. Phillip had a lot of trouble getting along with people. Name two characters he clashed with, and describe his problem with each of them.

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6. By the end of the story, Andrew’s opinion of Nineve had radically changed. What did he originally think of her? What did he think later on?

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gnaw

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CHARACTER STUDY Circle the name that correctly completes each sentence. Toni

Anna

had been looking forward to doing some mountain climbing.

2.

Pete

Steve

was accused of robbery and attempted murder.

3.

Smitty

Pete

was about the same age as Toni and Anna.

4.

Doc Holliday

Cole Drake

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1. The girls fell asleep shortly after the train passed through

Salt Lake City

, Nevada.

Elko Rocky

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Philadelphia

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2. What did Steve do that revealed his criminal intentions?

3. Why had none of the other treasure hunters ever discovered where the dimes were hidden?

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SYNONYMS Synonyms are words with the same or nearly the same meaning. Write a synonym from the box next to each word in bold print from the story. Hint: You will not use all the words in the box.

oddballs

tourists

lonely

friends

relatives

dangerous

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lifted

considered

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strapped

1. Anna carefully pondered

the current value of the dimes.

2. Toni hoisted

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her heavy pack onto her back.

3. Pete wanted to avoid running into Steve and his buddies

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4. At first glance, the land seemed barren and desolate 5. Steve made fun of Colorado’s holidaymakers

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trail

valley

sinkhole

2. Anna blushed when the old woman teased her about the handsome cowboy in the picture. paled

reddened

bristled

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prey

diseases

scarred

smooth

injured

background

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6. Which character in the story did you like best? Which did you like least? Explain your reasons.

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impulse

intricate

retrofit

credit

monitor

nauseated

morgue

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RECALLING DETAILS Unscramble the words to correctly complete the sentences. 1. Lupe requested that the police NEUTILTANE

give her more .

ECRETPS 2. Everyone knew that SKINGOM

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‘The man in the grey leather jacket has a drop of blood on his shoe.’

2.

‘Toya’s a thief who specialises in big-ticket items.’

3.

‘Chicken again, Raymond?’

4.

‘A good detective’s day isn’t complete unless it starts out with a doughnut.’

5.

‘Are you seeing anyone?’

6.

‘The guy who was the boss had a snake.’

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‘I heard Harris had a little help.’

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MULTIPLE-MEANING WORDS Many English words have more than one meaning. It all depends on how the word is used in the sentence. The word plot, for example, has several meanings. Two meanings are ‘a small piece of ground’ and ‘a plan to do something bad or unlawful’.

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3. Toya got out of the car and started to head for the door.

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rest book

2. The characters on the computer key

were worn with use.

3. Harris quickly snapped the hand

on Toya.

4. Lupe slid down low, beneath the head

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THINKING ABOUT THE STORY (If you need more room for your answers, use the back of this sheet.) 1. At the beginning of the story, Lupe met with a lot of hostility in the squadroom. For what two main reasons did the detectives resent her presence? (Hint: Her physical disability is not one of them.)

Reason 2:

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5. What bold action did Lupe take that finally won the approval of Schmidt, Harris and the other detectives?

6. What do you think would have happened next if the story had gone on? Would Lupe have continued on as a special assistant to the police department? Or would she have returned to work in the mayor’s office? Explain your opinion.

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impatience

resemblance

glimpse

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planet

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mature

kidnapped

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5. a large celestial body that orbits a star 6. to push out the lips in a show of anger or hurt feelings

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DAMNILE

ESOR

ANAIRA

pl

YURB

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First, unscramble the names of the characters. Then, use the unscrambled names to complete the sentences.

invited Melinda to come out and play.

2.

’s doctor told her she should take some time off work.

3.

died when she tripped and hit her head on a rock.

4.

sent Melinda to live with Aunt Kay and Uncle Jim.

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4. Who showed Melinda her mother’s grave?

5. What did Ariana say happened to Rose’s personality when she ‘got big’?

6. Why did the explorers from another planet remain on Earth for so long?

7. Why did the visitors to Earth change their appearance?

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COMPOUND WORDS There are many compound words in English. These are new words formed by combining two shorter words; for example, barnyard, girlfriend and horseshoe.

BOX

BOX pan

out

sit

grand

baby

tea

black

yard

pony

play

bed

down

towel

stairs

cakes

mother

grew

way

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tails

berries

room

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she was holding.

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, hanging wet laundry on the clothesline.

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6. Melinda remembered the naughty children she used to were tied with blue ribbons.

8. Melinda was picking

when she first met Ariana.

9. After warning Melinda, Ruby went

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to clean up the kitchen.

10. Rose told Melinda to stay at the new motel on the

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11. Ruby was upset when Melinda mentioned the name of her childhood

her dolls and colouring books, she stopped meeting

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2. When she glanced at the next photo, her hand froze and her eyes grew wide with shock.

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THINKING ABOUT THE STORY (If you need more room for your answers, use the back of this sheet.) 1. In your opinion, did the author come up with an interest-grabbing title for this book? Think of two alternative titles that might have been used. • •

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5. Which character in the story did you like best? Which character did you like least? Explain your reasons.

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destroy

panic

garlic

distracted

slither

flyer

campus

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2

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4. a rush of sudden, uncontrolled fear that can spread quickly

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RECALLING DETAILS Try to recall details from the story to answer the following questions. If you need help, look back through the book.

3. Who helped Jake look for Yolanda?

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7. When did the strange students and staff begin to appear on campus?

8. What were vampires afraid of? What would it take to kill them?

9. Where did Jake look for information about vampires?

10. What did Jake see when Madame Broussard threw back her head and opened her mouth?

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4. If Jake didn’t hurry, the old man would have his hide. (a) scold him severely

(b) leapt over Ted’s foot

(b) skin him alive

(c) was physically startled

(c) hide Jake’s pay cheque

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(a) rose 30 cm from the floor

2. ‘You know the drill’, Ted growled at his assistant.

5. Ted Flannery jumped all over Jake for taking time out to chat with Yolanda.

(a) understand what needs to be done

(a) reported him to the boss

(b) realise you need practice

(b) attacked him with sharp criticism

(c) are an experienced soldier

(c) sailed over Jake’s head

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(b) stop daydreaming

(b) draw a conclusion by reasoning

(c) shake hands firmly

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towards the girl.

2. Yoli spoke in a groggy

voice.

3. Jake had been lucky

5. He had an eerie

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Are you ready to read a good story? The following questions introduce some ideas, themes and situations you will meet in Tough girl. Draw on your own imagination, experiences and opinions to answer the questions. THEMES (Write your answers on the back of this sheet.) 1. Have you ever known anyone who deliberately tried to look and act very tough and uncaring? Why might a person want to project such an image? Explain your thinking.

3. How would you react if you saw a friend stealing something? What advice, if any, would you give your friend?

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RECALLING DETAILS Circle an answer to each question. 1. After Zoe’s run-in with Dave, what did Wesley ask her to help him do?

6. Who smirked and rolled his eyes when he saw how Zoe behaved at the party? (a) Wesley’s Uncle Mike

(b) hand out pay cheques

(b) Wesley’s cousin Art

(c) apologise to Dave

(c) Wesley’s Aunt Vivian

7. What did Wesley do after the party?

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(b) lemon chicken, eggs fu yung and shrimp (c) pickled ginger, chicken dumplings and red eggs

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(a) drove around for hours

(b) watched a movie (c) folded his clothes

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(b) get close to the buffalo (c) tell anyone about her mother

(b) the undertow and sharks

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9. What was Zoe’s greatest fear? (a) Wesley’s family wouldn’t approve of her.

4. Why wouldn’t Zoe let Wesley drive her to the theatre? (a) He didn’t know the way.

(b) The authorities would separate her and her mother.

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(b) He was a careless driver. (c) She didn’t want him to know where she lived.

5. Who told Wesley that Zoe wasn’t the right girl for him?

10. Who did Wesley argue with about Zoe? (a) Dave (b) Joan Brandt (c) Zoe’s mum

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MYSTERY WORDS Use the other words in each sentence to help you figure out the scrambled word. Then, write the unscrambled word on the line. was strung across the small room.

2. Wesley NIRGDEC

as the bottle hit the floor.

3. Some of Zoe’s TUTIDATE

had rubbed off on Dave.

4. Their wet clothes made them REVISH

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cowardly abandoned

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adopted

broken

sturdy

timid

released

kindly

denied

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8. ‘You’re either really brave

. or really crazy’, Dave said to Wesley.

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2. They heard a faint groan.

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THINKING ABOUT THE STORY (If you need more room for your answers, use the back of this sheet.) 1. Even at the beginning of the story, Wesley is attracted to Zoe—in spite of her bad behaviour. Why do you think this was? Give two reasons.

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6. If the story had continued, what do you think might have happened next? What would happen to Zoe’s mother? Would Wesley and Zoe ‘live happily ever after’? Explain your ideas.

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1. Title of book: 2. How does the book title relate to the story?

3. What type of story is it? (adventure, science fiction, mystery, horror etc.)

About the character

5. Which character did you like best?

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ANSWERS The barge ghost Pre-reading warm-up 4. vessel 8. shift 1. felon 5. beseech

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6. scoundrel

7. pension

2. awesome

3. membrane

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4. Sunni

3. Sitka

4. Denny

2. kitchen 6. exhausting 2. fragrant

2. He had never been seen again. (page 9)

3. proof

4. eagerly

3. wealthy

4. exonerated

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A. 1. changed 5. corpses B. 1. dry 5. serene

3. Sam Goodman

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A. 1. Bree 2. Valerie 5. Hassan 6. Marge B. 1. Tropical Queen 2. Somalia 5. Seattle C. 1. It was below the waterline.

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4. mugger

5. relax

2. fangs

3. hoarse

4. mane

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A. 1. Ellie Orson 2. Giles 3. Detective Ulric 4. Debra Leonard 5. Todd 6. Luard B. 1. She wanted him to take it to a laboratory to have it analysed to identify the attacker. 2. She was the only eyewitness. 3. a tuft of hair and a note 4. He was afraid she’d accidentally tell a friend. 5. They were so friendly and concerned about her. 6. He’s become trapped between human and animal form. (page 13)

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2. splinter

3. sleek

4. murmurs

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5. light

2. destroy; (a) 3. gazed; (e) 4. swore; (c) 5. safety; (b) (page 14)

‘Do you think the man you saw always looks the way he did last night?’ She’d always be safe in that little town. Ulric’s name means ‘wolf’ and Orson means ‘bear’. She saw Ulric, Todd, Carolyn, Debra, Rudi and the other townspeople. They had changed into animals and were doing a wild dance.

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6. probation

2. rookie

4. tattoos

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1. bizarre 6. university 2. zombie

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3. legacy

4. protein (page 20)

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4. Jake 8. Latonya 4. (a)

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4. physique

Who, What, When, Where, Why?

A. 1. cut 5. intrigued B. 1. invigorated 5. departure 9. temporarily

(page 18)

(page 21) 2. stated 6. riders 2. ordinary 6. calm 10. enlightening

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3. robust

4. fate

3. despised 7. overlooked 11. irrational

4. joy 8. familiar 12. gently

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(page 22)

1. fantasy; The story revolves around imaginary events that are unreal. 2. The traffic accident that killed their father; Mrs Johnson lost her husband and her baby, and she became very depressed. 3. the spotted, monkey-like creature that flashed a beam of light in Jamal’s eyes; answers will vary.

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4. In the first universe, she was Jamal’s girlfriend. In the second, she was Luke’s wife. 5. Her husband was alive, her baby was alive, and she had a successful catering business. 6. Answers will vary.

3. spam 9. duet 1. assailant 5. jealousy

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(page 23) 8. solo 4. motives

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4. (b) 8. (b)

(page 25) 3. catastrophe 7. sunny

4. practice 8. mediocre

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1. He was worried that all the musicians and equipment hadn’t made it on board and that the tour would be a disaster. 2. the flight attendant who wanted to put his violin on the floor; Michael, the musician, who kept coughing; Eric, for suggesting he play a duet 3. He had an affair with Nineve, tried to kill Phillip and held Andrew at knife point. 4. Isaac sent a big bouquet of flowers to Nineve and Phillip. 5. At first he thought it was Jenny’s. Then he found out that it belonged to Nineve. 6. He originally thought she was beautiful. In the end, she looked ugly to him.

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ANSWERS Treasure at Silver Springs Pre-reading warm-up 3. inflation 9. posse 1. convalescent 7. eyrie

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5. adobe

6. perch

2. bandit 8. cliffs

4. gnaw

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Who, What, When, Where, Why?

Focus on words

3. friends

4. lonely

2. paled 6. villains

3. prey

4. smooth

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After-reading wrap-up

(page 30)

Answers will vary. Answers will vary. It might become extinct. Something or someone is out of commission if it’s stalled, broken or unable to do its usual work. 5. He didn’t want to put down his gun. 6. Answers will vary.

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6. nauseated

3. morgue

4. retrofit

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3. Toya 7. Schmidt

4. Schmidt

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A. Answers will vary. B. 1. look 5. book After-reading wrap-up

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3. cuffs

4. rest

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(page 35) 2. glimpse 8. kidnapped 1. spine 7. mature

5. planet 9. resemblance 3. impatience

6. pout 4. vowed

Who, What, When, Where, Why?

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A. Unscrambled names: Ruby, Rose, Melinda, Ariana 1. Ariana 2. Melinda

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1. concerned 7. flyer

4. panic

6. slither

1. campus 5. garlic

2. destroy

3. distracted

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A. 1. (c) 5. (b) B. 1. ambled 5. peaceful

2. (a) 6. (b) 2. alert 6. ordinary

3. (b)

4. (a)

3. unfortunate

4. broad

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4. lounge 7. stray 1. ginger

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5. muesli

6. mildew

2. aimlessly

3. buffalo

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4. (c) 8. (c) (page 45)

2. cringed 6. recognise 2. timid 6. denied

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3. attitude

4. shiver

3. adopted 7. sweetly

4. released 8. cowardly (page 46)

Answers will vary. Possible answers: 1. Zoe was a free spirit, and Wesley was uptight; Zoe introduced him to offbeat experiences he hadn’t had before. 2. He was respectful, hardworking and successful. 5. Pictures of him were all over the house; his laundry was clean and folded; there were plenty of snacks. Prim-Ed Publishing

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