Test Of Time

Test Of Time

by Charles Harrington Elster
     
 

Q: What's better than a whole pile of those loathsome test-preparation books?
A: The captivating novel you're holding in your hands.

That's right: You can actually study for the SAT and ACT by reading this time-travel adventure novel. As you enjoy Test of Time, you will encounter more than 2,000 words commonly found on

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Q: What's better than a whole pile of those loathsome test-preparation books?
A: The captivating novel you're holding in your hands.

That's right: You can actually study for the SAT and ACT by reading this time-travel adventure novel. As you enjoy Test of Time, you will encounter more than 2,000 words commonly found on both tests, each one highlighted in boldface and defined in a handy back-of-the-book glossary. The best part is, you'll remember the words better because you've learned each one in context —in relation to the other words around it. And one thing the SAT and ACT will always test is your ability to comprehend what you read and your knowledge of words in context .
Did you ever imagine you could study for the SAT and ACT and have fun at the same time? If that sounds like a better way to go, look inside.

Charles Harrington Elster, a graduate of Yale University, is the author of various popular books about language and vocabulary, including Tooth and Nail: A Novel Approach to the SAT. He co-hosts a weekly public radio show on language in San Diego, where he lives with his wife and daughters.

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PRAISE FOR TOOTH AND NAIL
“A mystery story, at once whimsical and elucidating, filled with hundreds of SAT examiner’s favorite test words.”
—LOS ANGELES TIMES
“An SAT prep tool that practically spoon-feeds a plenitude of . . .
beneficial vocabulary to a plethora of adroit high school students.”
—HOUSTON CHRONICLE
“A superlative SAT strategy.A unique ... guide toward an SAT score of which you can be proud.”—COLLEGE BOUND
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Flashing back and forth between the present and late-19th-century Connecticut, Test of Time stars Mark Twain, whose Huckleberry Finn manuscript mysteriously vanishes into thin air from his desk, only to be replaced with the laptop computer belonging to modern-day university student Orlando Ortiz. Such an intriguing plot twist could potentially evolve into a quirky, suspenseful time-travel mystery in which Orlando and Twain devise a plan to retrieve their respective belongings. But the book also hopes to serve as a learning tool for the verbal portions of standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. Unfortunately, readers get bogged down not only by a flat narrative, but also by oddly placed, boldface vocabulary words embedded into the text. These test words, which repeatedly number well over a dozen per page, render the novel virtually unreadable and negate the attempt to promote vocabulary improvement through pleasure reading. Often three to five bold words are lumped into a single sentence, which could hamper readers' ability to deduce definitions from their context. And even though there is some interestingly believable teen speak scattered throughout, the book will still take almost as much work to get through as the usual SAT or ACT study manuals.-Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156011372
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
359,209
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.96(h) x 1.08(d)
Lexile:
1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

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