Defining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT

Defining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT

by Brian Leaf


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Can you resist the allure of Edward’s myriad charms—his ocher eyes and tousled hair, the cadence of his speech, his chiseled alabaster skin, and his gratuitous charm? Will you hunt surreptitiously and tolerate the ceaselessdeluge in Forks to evade the sun and uphold the facade? Join Edward and Bella as you learn more than 600 vocabulary words to improve your score on the *SAT, ACT®, GED®, and SSAT® exams!

Use this workbook side-by-side with your own copy of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight!

  • Each chapter of the workbook gives you eight words taken from Twilight, with page references for you to read the words in the context of your favorite novel
  • Define the words on your own before turning back to the workbook for their actual definitions
  • At the end of each section you’ll take SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT drills and quizzes to review and integrate what you’ve learned
  • Plus, you’ll learn synonyms, Latin word parts, and memorization tools throughout the workbook

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470507438
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/14/2009
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

BRIAN LEAF, M.A., is the owner and Director of New Leaf Learning Center. In his eighteen years of private teaching and tutoring, Brian has provided SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT instruction and preparation to thousands of students. In 2008, he was chosen as an English and Mathematics Expert for

Table of Contents

About the Author.

How to Use This Book.

Group 1: Noble Death?

Group 2: A Pallid Reflection.

Group 3: A Precarious Niche.

Group 4: Apprehensive Stammering.

Group 5: Surrepeptitious Glances.

Quiz 1.

Group 11: Bedlam.

Group 12: Livid Angel.

Group 13: Chagrin.

Group 14: Muted Purgatory?

Group 15: Prudent Friendship?

Quiz 3.

Group 6: Tousled Hair.

Group 7: Subtle Hints.

Group 8: Inexplicable Frustration.

Group 9: Ocher Eyes.

Group 10: A Peripheral Peek.

Quiz 2.

Group 16: Impenetrable Eyes.

Group 17: Ominous Blood.

Group 18: Appeasement.

Group 19: Ceaseless Questions.

Group 20: An Alluring Menace.

Quiz 4.

Groups 1–20 Review.

Group 21: Judicious Camaraderie?

Group 22: Plausible Explanations?

Group 23: Morbid Thoughts.

Group 24: Euphoria.

Group 25: Desolation.

Quiz 5.

Group 31: Conspicuous Indulgence.

Group 32: His Topaz Eyes.

Group 33: A Deluge of Questions.

Group 34: A Growing Proximity.

Group 35: Incandescence.

Quiz 7.

Group 26: Raucous Run-In.

Group 27: A Dazzling Rescuer.

Group 28: Convoluted Theories.

Group 29: Enigmatic Answers.

Group 30: Unconditional Agreement.

Quiz 6.

Group 36: Abstinence?

Group 37: Vampire Etiquette.

Group 38: A Poignant Past.

Group 39: An Ominous Gait.

Group 40: Thwarted Enmity.

Quiz 8.

Groups 21–40 Review.

Quiz and Review Solutions.


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Defining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
It's hard to give a review to a book that is actually more of a workbook. But really the author is capitalizing on something that is huge right now. And I believe it would actually help students to study for standard exams. I worked though it and was amazed at how the information is presented. It's not overwhelming. And Twilight isn't the only thing referenced. I saw Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, and Terminator to name a few. I'm not able to test my new found vocabulary knowledge, but I would recommend this to any parents trying to get their high schoolers to study for an exam!
alisons-bookmarks More than 1 year ago
Petulance. Providentially. Surreptitiously. Insolent. Omnipresent. Did you notice that these are SAT vocabulary words? Did you notice that they are can also be found in Stephenie Myer's <em>Twilight</em>? I recently read a review of Twilight, and the reviewer stated how the language felt like a teenager showing off what they learned in their last SAT prep class. I'm not sure I agree, but if it feels like SAT prep, and it looks like SAT prep, then, by all means, let's make it SAT Prep! And that is precisely what Brian Leaf does in his book, Defining Twilight, a vocabulary workbook for unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT. What better way to make the connection between vocabulary and writing than to choose a book that teens already love to read? I have to say, Brian Leaf's workbook is relatively painless. The layout of the book is great. No, I didn't do the entire workbook, and I was glad to see I knew the majority of the words highlighted in the book, but I had fun finding a few words that aren't currently a part of my everyday vocabulary. I am by no means a wordsmith, but I do enjoy building my bucket of 5-cent words. If you are preparing for one of those dreaded standardized tests, and want to start out with something a lot less painful than the workbooks I had in high school, you should try Defining Twilight. (for less than $10!) Now, I'm off to surreptitiously give my son some cough medicine.
Taste_Life_Twice More than 1 year ago
Brian Leaf was kind enough to send me a review copy of his vocabulary workbook Defining Twilight. The basic premise of this workbook is pure genius. You look up a word in Twilight, guess what it means based on context, then check to see if you were right. Then you take quizzes on the words. Honestly, I feel like I don't really have a grasp on a word until I see it in context, so this kind of vocab book is perfect for me. It really drives the definitions home. There was only one concern I had with this book. I thought that if it only pulled words from Twilight, I wouldn't be learning much. But just flipping through, I saw plenty of words I didn't know. If you're looking for a vocab book, this is as good as any. Actually, it's better because you'll probably grasp words easier if they're connected to something you're interested in. Every word counts, and you never know what collegeboard will throw at you. Also, Defining New Moon comes out in October, for all the Jacob-lovers like myself out there. I really hope they start to Define the Classics, like Defining Crime and Punishment. If you'd like this book, go to to find out how to snag my copy! Contest ends September 20th! Tashi <3 P.S. Free Rice is a great study tool, and for every word you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice to the needy. Also, it adjusts difficulty as you get words right or wrong.
Ziaria on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know that there are folks that have had enough of anything Twilight, but I have to say this is an interesting concept. What a fun way to learn some new vocabulary, whether you are studying for a test or just want to learn something new. I think one can never have enough tools available to increase one's knowledge.The book is easy to work through and understand. You can pick up the book and literally start on page one and know what you need to do, it's that simple. There are page references back to the Twilight book if you want reference points, etc.In short I think whatever gets someone excited to learn is a good thing. If you have a Twilight fan or are one and want to pick up some more vocabulary, this is a great, fun way to do so.
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Yulinda Loomis More than 1 year ago
This it what it called if it not plees holpe me!!!
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Sara Franco More than 1 year ago
this is a great book! i love it. it is so informational!
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Generation-Werewolf More than 1 year ago
Sorry to say, this book looks like it is using the twilight books as advertisement. :(?
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I can't wait to try this out! It's going to be so cool to be able to study AND read some Twilight at the same time!!!=D
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