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Defining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT (Defining Series)

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Can you resist the allure of Edward’s myriad charms—his ocher eyes and tousled hair, the cadence of his speech, his chiseled alabaster skin, and his gratuitous charm? Will you hunt surreptitiously and tolerate the ceaseless deluge in Forks to evade the sun and uphold the facade? Join Edward and Bella as you learn more than 600 vocabulary words to improve your score on ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published June 26th 2009 by Cliffs Notes (first published January 1st 2009)
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cherise kachelmuss
Nov 01, 2009 cherise kachelmuss rated it it was amazing
Do the SAT, ACT, GED and SSAT have anything in common with the book Twilight? They do now thanks to author Brian Leaf, who is the author of the new book “Defining Twilight.” Brian Leaf is originally know for his four-book SAT and ACT test-prep series McGraw-Hill’s Top 50 Skills.
“Defining Twilight” is a workbook that contains 40 groups of vocabulary words selected from Twilight. Many of the words will show up throughout SAT, ACT, GED, or SSAT tests and his book makes it easier to learn 600 vocabu
Oct 13, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, educational
I first discovered this book through They had a preview of the book. After I saw the preview, I borrowed a copy from my library. I was going to have my 13 year old daughter (who loves Twilight) to just copy her answers on notebook paper. After seeing the whole book, I decided I would go ahead and buy both "Defining Twilight" and Defining New Moon Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT for her. They are only $9.99 each which is a very small price to pay if she ...more
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
Sep 07, 2009 Sab H. (YA Bliss) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autographed, own
The success that is Twilight is beyond limits. It was a defining point that separates the industry in before or after Twilight. It certainly made teens and young adults everywhere discover or rediscover an interest (or in my case, passion) for reading. And I believe it gave YA books the wonderful momentum we are now enjoying.
What an incredible and creative idea had Brian Leaf to make another learning experience out of an opportunity like this. I'm really hoping this workbook has an impact close
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Sep 29, 2009 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Students for the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: Brian Leaf
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Defining Twilight is a vocabulary book for young adults. The author, Brian Leaf, shows the reader important vocabulary words from within Stephanie Meyer’s immensely popular book Twilight. These words have value for a variety of standardized tests in the US - the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT.

Taken from the book there are eight vocabulary words placed into each of eight sections. With reference to the context of the novel, the student is asked to give a definition for each word. Pa
I am not a Twilight fan (I haven't read the series, nor have I seen the movie). In fact, the Twilight craze drives me bonkers. I feel it is overexposed and, frankly, annoying. But my disapproval of Twilight fandom did not stop me from accepting the opportunity to review Defining Twilight--and it's one decision I am glad I made!

When this workbook came on the scene, many eyes rolled (mine included), but with or without the Twilight name, this book is a useful resource. I am not a student preparing
Apr 08, 2010 Loralee rated it really liked it
My sixteen year old daughter and I both have read and enjoyed the Twilight books. When I saw this vocabulary workbook, I knew that this would be a fun way for her to prepare for the SAT and ACT tests.

This workbook encourages the user to pull out their well-loved (and most likely dog-eared) copy of Twilight as they test their knowledge of vocabulary. There are 40 groups of eight words that are used in the book. First you are asked to look up certain page numbers and look for that word. Using cont
Sep 26, 2009 Yan rated it liked it
For those of you who poo-poos Twilight all I have to say is now what!? Just like with #beatcancer on twitter, Twilight has found its usefulness. You may think that ‘oh there’s nothing you can learn from Twilight’ well I’ll have you know I’ve tested this book out. It does work. Granted one of my friends flew by this book without any help, another one found this book useful and challenging. Shocker isn’t it.

This book is innovation, clever, and fun at times. Pick up your copy of Twilight and corres
Sep 25, 2009 Faye rated it it was amazing
O.K. so we all know Twilight is EVERYWHERE. Who hasn't read it? Some people liked it some people didn't. But i think that since most teens are Twilight fans, it would make studying fun. Defining Twilight is brilliant!

Brian makes it easy to study. I mean, it was fun, i got my little Twilight book out and i was reading the sentences. Right now my life is revolving around ACT's and SAT's because you know it's my senior in high school. AND! i found out the i'm a FREAK"N YAY me *pant on
Sep 16, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I know that there has been a bit of surprise when this book came out. But I have to be honest, I was very much intrigued by a prep book based on Twilight.

Looking through this book, I've found that Twilight offered some interesting vocabulary words, ones that readers probably overlooked, pushed aside, or simply ignored. I love the way the book is set up. You try to define the words first on your own - the page numbers for where it is found in the book are provided. The words are then defined and
Sep 06, 2009 Ziaria rated it really liked it
I know that there are folks that have had enough of anything Twilight, but I have to say this is an interesting concept. What a fun way to learn some new vocabulary, whether you are studying for a test or just want to learn something new. I think one can never have enough tools available to increase one's knowledge.

The book is easy to work through and understand. You can pick up the book and literally start on page one and know what you need to do, it's that simple. There are page references bac
Page (One Book At A Time)
Sep 21, 2009 Page (One Book At A Time) rated it really liked it
It's hard to give a review to a book that is actually more of a workbook. But really the author is capitalizing on something that is huge right now. And I believe it would actually help students to study for standard exams. I worked though it and was amazed at how the information is presented. It's not overwhelming. And Twilight isn't the only thing referenced. I saw Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, and Terminator to name a few. I'm not able to test my new found vocabulary knowledge, but ...more
Apr 06, 2010 Eve rated it liked it
I volunteered to review this study guide, but it took me longer than anticipated to finish the assignment, mainly was boring. I don't find the whole Twilight experience to be that exciting, and I thought I might change my mind by reading this book. I must be too old to appreciate the young adult angst on which the Twilight stories depend. I did find the book interesting and useful to the extent that it was a good vocabulary builder.
Vicky N.
Mar 24, 2011 Vicky N. rated it it was amazing
I was dubious about this Twilight workbook, but it's actually helpful & I do think it could help increase someone's vocabulary. It is not large, so the amount of words are limited, but after finishing the workbook you will understand the words completely. With the help of Twilight references, that make the understanding easier. This workbook can be used as much for Twilight-lovers as it could be used by Twilight-haters.
Apr 07, 2010 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book is fun. I loved the Twilight series so it is a nice companion with the book. I'm a little to old for SAT's & etc. but I still love word games and this is fun one for that. I think it helps to have a copy of Twilight with you while reading this but really some could be done without it.
Jul 18, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
This book helped me to learn some new words and see how diverse Stephenie Meyer's vocabulary is! We often don't realize that we are seeing new words because when we read we just get that feeling out of the word without actually knowing the meaning of it.
May 16, 2011 Tarra marked it as to-read
Shelves: cheap-on-kindle
I'm not taking the SAT's or ACT's, but this is proof that if you slap "Twilight" on a product I will buy! Ok, I only bought it because it was a nickel! Maybe it will be useful to my daughter one day (or if I'm ever brave enough to return to teaching).
Barb S.
Apr 09, 2010 Barb S. rated it it was amazing
One of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read & look up words you come across that you do not know. This book makes this super easy. I am sure many young women are improving their standardized test scores with the help of Twilight and this book! :)
May 07, 2010 Elyse marked it as to-read
I'm studying for my GED test and, since I love Twilight, I think this will be a fun way to do it! So far it is.
Apr 10, 2010 Mariah rated it really liked it
Not your typical boring SAT/ACT review. I like how they put the page numbers with the vocabulary so that you can follow along in the book.
Marie Z. Johansen
Oct 02, 2009 Marie Z. Johansen rated it it was amazing
See my review about this book on Amazon. It's really an amazing study guide - or just a great work play book for those of us who love words !
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