Tooth and Nail: A Novel Approach to the SAT

Tooth and Nail: A Novel Approach to the SAT

by Charles 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547545899
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 348,702
File size: 651 KB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface vii
Tooth and Nail: The Novel
Exercises 284(31)
Glossary 315

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Tooth and Nail: A Novel Approach to the SAT 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
jacketscoversread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My mom picked up Tooth and Nail as a way for me to learn vocabulary for the SAT in context rather than use flashcards for memorization.However, I found that I knew most of the vocabulary. For example, on page 101, the words are thesis, advocates, ridicule, contempt, fabrication, pompous, obscure, virtually, alludes, and allegedly. Maybe I have a stellar vocabulary but this book didn¿t help me at all.As for the story it¿s self, the word ¿childish¿ comes to mind. Or perhaps, you would prefer ¿adolescent,¿ ¿infantile,¿ or ¿juvenile.¿ The book claims to be a ¿mesmerizing mystery¿ yet it too nineteen chapters for the ¿mesmerizing¿-ness to start. And it was quickly wrapped up by chapter twenty-three with a bow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tooth and Nail es un asombroso libro. Esta novela me ayudó como un escritor. Yo era capaz de aprender una riqueza de nuevas palabras. He usado estas nuevas palabras cuando esto viene a informes, hablar, y leyendo. Amo el complot. Es fácil contar como la contratación de los carácteres es cuando ellos afrontan su desafío de solucionar el misterio. Me han dicho muchas personas que SE SENTARON los libros preparatorios parecen ser aburridos debido al número de masas de nuevas palabras. Sin embargo, el argumento interesante que implica el misterio de a quién Shakespear realmente era es muy emocionante. Ellos la historia puede ser ficticia, pero era muy interesante seguir a lo largo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is so captivating in its story and the mystery that you hardly notice that you are learning new vocabulary at the same time. It is well written and it is all about Shakespeare, who I love, and gets you hooked right away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a required reading for an SAT prep class. I have never enjoyed a novel that I have been forced to read so much. If I had found the book on my own and given a recomendation by a friend I would have read it and fallen in love with just like I really did. It's helpful and really enjoyable. I found some words challenging but others I didn't have to look up. Words like smirk and justification I knew. So if you are afraid to read this book because it would be too much of a bother, get off your butt and go get it because it will be worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this 2 times just to understand why a person would right this im better off gettin a dictionary and looking at words then reading a book that crams words in page after page the plot came to late
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Now when I am reading a book I understand more words. Reading the words in context over and over again helps a lot. The only 2 problems I find with this book is that flipping to the glossary is kind of annoying and the book is a bit dated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so pointless to try and read, all the words are stuffed into a tiny little book and if you dont know what the word means then you have to keep switching back and forth to the glossary. Also the plot is horrible.You have to keep reading the same part over and over again because some of the parts are hard to grasp.UNLESS YOU HAVE TO READ IT..DONT! The only good thing in the book is the glossay becuase it has alot of common sat words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm in 9th grade right now and I'm far from taking the real SAT. I read this book last year and boy it was AWESOME! The story's good and plus its a great way to become familiar with a lot of vocabulary words. Plus, the book is so good you might even wanna read it a second time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first it was a little boring but then it started to get interesting. After the first 5 chapters I couldn't put it down. It has really great vocab content, and the questions are helpful to review. I suggest buying this book, and reading it multiple times to truly understand and receive the vocab.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first glance, this book seemed to have a stupid story. I bought it anyway since I was after the vocab and didn't mind a boring read. My attitude towards the book changed after a few chapters and was actually attached to it. It was not a classic novel but it was decent. I would endorse this book to be read and reread to absorb the vocab.