How about 500+ vocabulary words to painlessly prepare you for the SAT & ACT?
Ahead of Her Time was written, first and foremost, to be wildly entertaining. The book centers around Noor Cunningham, a headstrong teen whose parents disappeared after discovering Cleopatra's palace at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
When an overlooked clue indicates her parents might still be alive, Noor travels to the edge of time to get them back. On the journey, she's thrown in Cleopatra's dungeons, wooed by a handsome Roman soldier, and forced to use every ounce of her (not inconsiderable) wits to survive.
Studying for the SAT or ACT doesn't have to be so hard.
Our brains are biologically wired to learn through stories. The problem is, the vocabulary in most of the stories we read stagnates before we're done learning all the "big" words.
That's where Ahead of Her Time comes in. Kicking mountains of flashcards and tedious 900-page study guides to the curb, the novel spins a compelling story and plants 500+ potential SAT/ACT vocabulary words in your brain before you even know what's happened.
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Erica Abbett founded Vocabbett in 2019 in an attempt to make improving your vocabulary for the SAT/ACT less unpleasant. A former teacher, she holds her B.A. and M.L.S. from Southern Methodist University. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and son.
The intrepid group of time travelers must survive the battle and its aftermath until the classroom portable returns to rescue them. In the ensuing weeks, as they witness historic events, they also work as nurses, grave-diggers, and more—and find themselves in the midst of a war that doesn’t just divide the country, but also their team. Victor soon encounters legendary notables such as Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Confederate General George Pickett, while Bette and Minerva cross paths with Union General George Meade, Minerva meets noted Gettysburg diarist Sarah Broadhead, and Mr. Greene overhears a conversation between General Lee and General Longstreet regarding battle tactics.
Can the teacher and his students make it through one of the most dangerous times in U.S. history to hear Lincoln’s famous speech? And, more importantly…can they make it safely home to their own time?
“Mr. Greene,” Victor Bridges called out. “Tennessee is missing!’
Greene’s jaw dropped. Where Tennessee had once proudly been, there was now “Franklin.”
Had Greene and his high school students inadvertently changed history with their field trip to the Philadelphia of 1776? There had been no such repercussions the previous spring when Greene took his class to Ford’s Theater for the fateful performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater on the evening of April 14, 1865. That spring trip had been such a success that his students fell in love with history and begged for another trip for their junior year.
But somehow the Philadelphia field trip had caused a “butterfly effect” in the historical timeline evicting John Adams and John Quincy from the White House and erasing the prominence of the Adams family from American history. The ghost of Harvard Historian Henry Brooks Adams, great-grandson of John Adams, was pitching a fit and now Greene was facing an inquiry by a panel of dead historians led by Thucydides himself. Greene was beginning to rue the day he purchased a strange box at a rummage sale at the Cassadaga Hotel, the cosmic center of Cassadaga, Florida, “The Psychic Capital of the World,” and home to scores of psychics and mediums and a plethora of phantasms, including an overabundance of the ghosts of forgotten historians from Henry Adams to Howard Zinn.
How was Greene to know that the box he bought was a duplicate of Pandora’s? How was he to know that the box contained Nikola Tesla’s prototype for a time travel device that jealous rival Thomas Alva Edison had stolen from the Serbian-born inventor and hidden in the basement of the Cassadaga Hotel shortly after “The Wizard of Menlo Park” received an honorary degree from nearby Rollins College in February of 1930? Tesla’s assembly instructions were a snap to follow, and the initial field trip had gone so well that Greene decided to try a fall field trip to colonial Philadelphia. But something had gone wrong; what had they done? Therein lies the tale.
As Greene and his students trek across a grassland in the direction of the English settlers’ landing site, Chief Opechancanough and his warriors surround the time travelers and take them hostage, leading them to Powhatan’s village where Mr. Greene faces execution.
So begins the third adventure of the students of Cassadaga Area High School, whose latest trip includes meeting the famed adventurer John Smith and witnessing the beginning of the first English colony in North America, all while being chased through time by the most dangerous Native of the 17 century.