The Word Gang

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Categories: Young Adult
Publisher: Precipitation Press/Precipitation Press | Date published: 03/28/2011


"The Word Gang" is the story of three kids in school who start using big words to be disruptive. Kalisha Jackson is a girl with a stomach-churning secret - she cut school for a year and never got caught! A new school year begins. Kalisha decides to return to school. While waiting for the bus she sees an old man struggling with a heavy grocery cart. She stops to help and meets Albrecht Spinoza, a man who can speak seventeen languages, but who's had no one to talk to since the death of his beloved wife, Rosa. Kalisha is late the first day setting off a conflict with her teacher, Jack Ralston. She's been stuck in something called "Project Restart," a strange new program in which the penalty for not doing well is a classroom in Juvenile Hall. Mr. Spinoza gives Kalisha a copy of the "Compact Oxford" dictionary. But the more "big" words Kalisha learns, the less everyone understands her, and the madder Jack Ralston seems to get. Which to Kalisha and her new friends sounds like fun - and a great way to destroy Project Restart! That is, if they don't get "trammeled," "proscribed," or "incarcerated," first!

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