"The Lost Boy:A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family" By Dave Pelzer November/December 2016 AR Biography Acticity

"I receive beatings or play another one of her "games," perform afternoon chores, then sit at the bottom of the stairs until I'm summoned to complete my evening chores." (p. 4)

Based upon the context clues, the word "summoned" means to call upon something specified.

"In a flash I bolt upstairs. I wait a moment for her command before I timidly open the door. Without a sound I approach Mother and await one of her "games." (p. 6)

Based upon the context clues, the word "timidly" means to be fearful and cautions.

"Suddenly Mother reaches over and seizes my right ear. By accident I flinch. With her free hand Mother punished my movement with a solid slap to my face." (p. 7)

Based on the context clues, the word "seizes" means to take hold of something hard.

"There," Mother triumphantly states The Boy did it. It's his decision. Don't force him." (p. 11)

Based on the context clues, the word "triumphantly" means to have victory or success.

"I stand in front of the officer in disbelief. I can't believe what I'm hearing." (p. 30)

Based on the context clues, the word "disbelief" the refusal to believe or to say something that is true but it really isn't.

"And David," the officer states, "treat your parents with dignity and respect. You don't know how lucky you are." (p. 30)

Based on the context clues, the word "dignity" means to have self-respect to people and somethings.

"Tell me Lilian began, with her hands glued on her hips, "tell me that you didn't convince this walking paramecium over here to drive by your mother's house." (p. 139)

Based on the context clues, "paramecium" means to have an oval shaped body and a long oval groove.

"As Rudy Catanze drove me to San mateo County Juvenile hall, I nearly blacked out from hyperventilation. The upper part of my chest felt as if a giant rubber band were tied around it." (p. 191)

Based on the context clues, "hyperventilation" means to get really nervous and you start to breath very quickly.

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