A Brawny Bookworm

A Brawny Bookworm
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.02

     challenging words:    countenance, defray, domicile, epigram, inextricable, linear, malady, meticulous, proffer, repository, rudimentary, unguarded, weird-Bruce, murderous, homely, peon
     content words:    Bruce Brockman, Tom Sawyer, Robin Hood, Alfred Hitchcock, Abe Lincoln, Cynthia Hopkins

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A Brawny Bookworm
By Laura G. Smith

1     Bruce Brockman stands at a handsome six feet, two inches tall and has the brain and brawn that just naturally attract his peers. As the star quarterback on the varsity football team, Bruce's popularity is no big surprise. But there is one thing about him that his friends think is a little weirdóBruce Brockman is a bookworm.
2     Every day during his free period, Bruce hangs out in the elementary school library, putting resources back in alphabetical order or reading classics like Tom Sawyer or Robin Hood to the students. His friends give him endless grief about it, calling him a peon. They insist that his obsession with reading is some sort of social malady.
3     Bruce's dad first began introducing him to the rudimentary steps of reading when he was barely four years old. When the vocabulary was over his head, his father would put it in the vernacular so he could grasp the meaning. Mr. Brockman was meticulous about finding creative ways to animate each story, encouraging Bruce to proffer ideas about what might happen next. The unguarded thoughts of this eager young reader allowed him to imagine he was right in the middle of the same dramatic circumstances the characters were facing.

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