The Mystery of the Flashing Lights By Tim Arnold
sequence • N. The following of one thing after another; the order in which something follows • When baking a cake, it is important to following the sequence of the recipe. If you don’t you could end up with a disaster.
adjacent • Adj. Lying near or close to something • The new school was adjacent to my house, so I was able to walk to school.
repulsive • adj. Something that is completely disgusting; something causing a person want to stay away • The smell of eggs were so repulsive to the woman that she had to leave the room so she wouldn’t get sick.
eerie • Adj. Something that is creepy or causes fear • There was something about that old abandoned house that gave me an eerie feeling.
despised • V. To dislike something in an extreme way • I despised doing homework on the weekends! I can’t believe my teacher used to do that to us, she was so mean!
navigated • V. to move on, over, or through (water, air, or land) in a ship or aircraft • The woman navigated her kayak through the rough waters of the Colorado River.
scoundrel • N. a person who does note have good intentions; villain • That dirty rotten scoundrel stole the money that was raised to help feed the poor.
cargo • N. The goods carried by a ship, train, plane, or vehicle • The ship carried cargo from countries overseas to the United States.
Misled • V. to lead or guide incorrectly • The root word “mis” means bad or wrong (examples mistake or misbehave) • The man felt misled because the directions given to him were inaccurate.
mimic • V. to imitate or copy • Some people mistakenly think that parrots can actually talk. In reality, they mimic the sounds that they hear.
plundered • V. to rob or steal • The pirates plundered gold from the Spanish galleons.
semidarkness • N. partial darkness • The root word “semi” means half or partial(examples: semicircle, semiannual, semisweet) • In semidarkness, my dad was determined to play the last few holes of the golf game.
decade • N. a period of ten years • The root word “deca” means ten (examples: decagon, decathlon) • After turning ten years old, the boy could finally say that he was a decade.
century • N. a period of a hundred years • The root word “cent” means one hundred (for example: centipede, centennial) • There have been many changes in technology over the past century.
obvious • Adj. easily seen, recognized, or understood • After studying for the math test, the answers seemed obvious to me.
coincidence • N. A sequence of events that although accidental seems to have been planned or arranged. • It seemed like an odd coincidence that my friend and I both showed up to school wearing the same shirt.