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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Defining Twilight

Defining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT by Brian Leaf (July 14, 2009--Cliffs Notes)

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “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 ceaseless deluge 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”

Review: For those of you who poo-poos Twilight all I have to say is now what!? Just like with #beatcancer on twitter, Twilight has found its usefulness. You may think that ‘oh there’s nothing you can learn from Twilight’ well I’ll have you know I’ve tested this book out. It does work. Granted one of my friends flew by this book without any help, another one found this book useful and challenging. Shocker isn’t it.

This book is innovative, clever, and fun at times. Pick up your copy of Twilight and correspond the word to the sentence and there is your context clue. It makes the person read and help them learn at the same time. Don’t be too judgmental that it had the words “TWILIGHT” on it.

Here’s a way to look at this. My friend made a comment that she would definitely something like this if it was Harry Potter based. (She didn’t really like Twilight but loves Harry Potter). So I thank you Brian for letting me and my friends have a little giggle but surprising us by how effective it was.

Overall: Resourceful. Try this book with a group of friends who enjoyed. You’ll find yourself having fun learning.

Cover C+
Love the play with the hands and key. Very similar to the hands and apple. However I wish that the skin tone wasn’t so zombified.


  1. I just won this book in a contest! I am really excited to use it! I dont really have time to try it now, but over Christmas break I plan on "studying" this book. It seems pretty cool! Awesome review of the book!


  2. I am curious about this one, wonder how useful it can be. :O

  3. Great review. This book will be an important resource for a great many people.