"A Child Called 'It', One Child's Courage to Survive" by Dave Pelzer November/December 2016 AR Biography Acitivity

"Outside, she would meticulously tend a small flower garden, which was the envy of the neighborhood." (p. 19)

Based upon the context clues, the word "meticulously" means to show a lot of attention to details.

"When she yelled at us, her voice changed from the nurturing mother to the wicked witch. Soon, the sound of Mother's voice began to send tremors down my spine" (p. 30)

Based upon the context clues, the word "tremors" means a quivering movement.

"I would stand there with my hands locked to my sides, weaving back and forth, dreading the moment when the second commercials aired. I knew Mother would soon be stomping down the hall to see if my face was still against the mirror, and to tell me what a sickening child I was" (p. 31)

Based upon the context clues, the word "dreading" means with great apprehension of fear.

"Standing there with my hands in the scalding water, I could smell the scraps from dinner in the small garbage can. At first my idea was nauseating, but the more I thought about it, the better it seemed. It was my only hope for food." (p. 62)

Based upon the context clues, the word "nauseating" means a feeling of disgust.

"At that moment I hated Mother to no end, but I hated Father even more. The man who had helped me in the past, just stood like a statue while his son ate something even a dog wouldn't touch. After I finished the bowl of regurgitated hot dogs, Mother returned in her robe and threw a wad of newspapers at me." (p. 67)

Based upon the context clues, the word "regurgitated" means bringing swallowed food back up.

"Mother got up and strolled over to the kitchen sink. She knelt down , opened the sink cabinet and removed a bottle of ammonia. I didn't understand. She got a tablespoon and poured some ammonia into it. My brain was too rattled to think. As much as I wanted to, I could not get my numbed brain into gear. With the spoon in her hand, Mother began to creep towards me." (p. 74)

Based upon the context clues, the word "ammonia" means a colorless gas.

"She had set a quota on my earning and ordered me to return the money to her. The quota was impossible for me to meet, so, in desperation, I once stole nine dollars from the piggy bank of a small girl who lived in our neighborhood." (p. 109)

Based upon the context clues, the word "quota" means a limit on money.

"Again, her vioce was monotone- completely without emotion." (p. 93)

Based upon the context clues, the word "monotone" means completely without emotion.

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