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Tooth and Nail: A Novel Approach to the New SAT

by Charles Harrington Elster

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My mom picked up Tooth and Nail as a way for me to learn vocabulary for the SAT in context rather than use flashcards for memorization.

However, I found that I knew most of the vocabulary. For example, on page 101, the words are thesis, advocates, ridicule, contempt, fabrication, pompous, obscure, virtually, alludes, and allegedly. Maybe I have a stellar vocabulary but this book didn’t help me at all.

As for the story it’s self, the word “childish” comes to mind. Or perhaps, you would prefer “adolescent,” “infantile,” or “juvenile.” The book claims to be a “mesmerizing mystery” yet it too nineteen chapters for the “mesmerizing”-ness to start. And it was quickly wrapped up by chapter twenty-three with a bow. ( )
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Abate, abhor, abject, abridge, abstemious ... still awake? Good, because now there's a better way to learn all those words than plowing through those never-ending vocabulary lists devised by torture experts. Tooth and Nail: A Novel Approach to the New SAT is just what it says it is: a guide to the big, bad SAT words in the form of a mystery novel. Follow Caitlin and Phil's exploits as they wend their way through their first year of college and find intrigue behind the curtain of academia. As you do, you'll find a few words in boldface, each of which is defined and compared with other words in a glossary in the back of the book. Seeing the word in its context and immediately finding a definition is a much more satisfying way to learn than just to read word after unconnected word--you might as well read the dictionary! A preface explains in greater detail how best to use the book, and there are helpful SAT-style exercises in antonyms, analogies, and comprehension, so this makes a great all-around verbal package for the serious test-taker. If you must take the test, you might as well have a little fun doing it, and by the time you've finished Tooth and Nail, you'll be glad it doesn't end as a list: "...wizened, wreak, writhe, zeal, zealous." --Rob Lightner

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