Niagara FallsNiagara Falls are large waterfalls that are on the border between New York and Ontario, Canada.
A prairie dogA prairie dog is a member of the squirrel family. This rodent lives in underground burrows chiefly in the central and western United States.
The Wonders of the WorldThe Wonders of the World are seven works of art and architecture regarded by ancient Greek and Roman observers to be the most outstanding structures of antiquity. Included among them are the Pyramids of Egypt and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein, a German-American physicist, developed the theory of relativity. He is considered to be the most well- known scientist of the 20th century.
Yellow jacketsYellow jackets are small wasps that can sting painfully and repeatedly.
Vocabularyveering—changing directionvacant—empty or unoccupiedpropel—to drive forwardhibernating—being inactive or dormantslithered—slid like a snakeincredible—unbelievablecontortion—twisted expressionpitiful—deserving sympathyopponent—one with an opposite position in a contestdistraction—something that takes your attention away from what you’re doing
Questions to Think About1. Why do people begin to dislike Maniac?2. Does Maniac continue to live with Amanda and her family?3. Does Amanda help Maniac become more popular?4. Is Amanda helped or hurt by her association with Maniac?5. Why does Maniac leave town?
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