A Little Light in the Darkness


I think The Book Thief was a great book despite all the swearing and the sadness. The swearing adds realism to the book, a nice touch. What did we expect? Them to be singing I am a Child of God? No. There is always a light in something or someone, even if you can’t see it, it’s there. The Book Thief was worth all of the darkness because of the result: a light, a spark, satisfaction. The positive outweighs the negative by a lot. Most of the darkness, or, all of it, goes to the movie. Are we gonna think of The Book Thief as a cry fest? Why not find some positive things about the book?

Word Nerds 2.5


Word: Apartheid

Source: It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime, Page 2

Author: Trevor Noah

“I was born during Aparthied.”

Definition: (in South Africa) a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race.

In my own words: segregation

Word Nerds 2.4


Word: Asphyxiate

Source: It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime, Page 77

Author: Trevor Noah

“If you were a Zulu, the Xhosa would have no mercy and would Asphyxiate you”

Definition: kill (someone) by depriving them of air.

In my words: choke someone


Word Nerds 2.3


Word: Angst
Source: It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Page 69
“I couldn’t help but feel this, angst deep in my stomach”

Definition: an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety
In my words: anxiety

Secret Secrets Are No Fun; Secret Secrets Hurt Someone


Secrets. Sometimes they hurt people, sometimes they bring envy, and sometimes they are for the better. A time a secret would be okay, is if your life is at stake. Just like the Hubbermans; Max was their secret, their burden to bear. A good secret to keep is something personal. Like your crush. Trying to cover-up something, like murder, or you cheated on your stuffed animal, doing drugs. Those are bad secrets; not okay. Sometimes secrets are better for someone. Like “Hey mom, where do babies come from?” Better to keep that hidden. Or telling your child he’s adopted. That’s hard. So you keep it a secret.

Word Nerds 2.2


Word: Acrimony
From: It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

“The Xhosa would use this term acrimoniously
Definition: a rough and bitter manner
In my words: ungrateful spoiled children talking back to their mom because they couldn’t buy a video game.

Word Nerds 2.1


Word: Sparingly

Source: It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime By Trevor Noah on page 47
“I ate my veggie sparingly as a kid.”
Definition: in a restricted or infrequent manner; in small quantities.
In my words: eating less junk food