Word choice: Activity 2

Read this extract from a novel and think about the ways in which the writer has chosen specific words to convey his description.

My earliest memories are a confusion of hilly fields and dark, damp stables, and rats that scampered along the beams above my head. But I remember well enough the day of the horse sale. The terror of it stayed with me all my life.

From Michael Morpurgo, Warhorse

Read this extract from the blurb on the back of a novel and think about the word choices that represent this book in a positive light.

An exceptionally funny and generous book that is also a tightly plotted detective novel.

From Louis Sachar, Holes

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