Tooth and Nail: A Novel Approach to the SAT

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byCharles Harrington Elster, Joseph Elliot

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An SAT and ACT vocabulary-building program in the lively form of a mystery novel. Now students who take these entrance exams can learn more than 1,300 vocabulary words, improve reading comprehension, and enjoy a good story all at the same time. Includes exercises, glossary with page references.

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An ingeniously imaginative alternative to stale word list books for building a strong vocabulary for the verbal sections of the SAT. The authors have created a mythical college and entangled the characters with a mystery reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe. A truly novel approach to SAT preparation

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An SAT and ACT vocabulary-building program in the lively form of a mystery novel. Now students who take these entrance exams can learn more than 1,300 vocabulary words, improve reading comprehension, and enjoy a good story all at the same time. Includes exercises, glossary with page references.

CHARLES HARRINGTON ELSTER is a writer, broadcaster, and logophile-a lover of words. He is the author of several books, including The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations, Verbal Advantage, and There's a Word for It. He is also a guest contributor to the On Language" column of the New York Times Magazine. He lives in San Diego. "

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.83 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN - 13:9780156013826

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An ingeniously imaginative alternative to stale word list books for building a strong vocabulary for the verbal sections of the SAT. The authors have created a mythical college and entangled the characters with a mystery reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe. A truly novel approach to SAT preparation

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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."