Humans have been trained to acquire language through incidental contact with new words.
Think about how you learned your mother tongue. Was it primarily through flashcards and computer programs, or did you learn it through living?
Your brain prefers to repeat what it already knows, which is why we often find new language acquisition methods tedious or annoying. Your brain is trying to tell you, "Hold the phone! This isn't how I've been trained!"
One of the easiest ways to supercharge your brain's memorization abilities while still utilizing this framework? Putting those new words in story form.
Noor Cunningham's 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.
There are more than 500 potential SAT/ACT words in Ahead of Her Time. Among them, you'll find:
Most digital readers have a "look up" feature, which enables you to click on a word to define it.
And for the paperback version, you'll find the definitions at the bottom of each page.
Both versions also have a glossary of more than 500 words at the back of the book.
A former travel fanatic, Erica spent years of her life studying abroad in places like Italy, Egypt, and Israel before settling down to teach middle school English and history.
She founded Vocabbett in 2019 in an effort to mitigate some of the tedium of studying for the SAT/ACT.
Ahead of Her Time is her debut novel.