What would happen if you took half a word, half of a different word, and stitched them together? You’d create a monster! Or, more accurately, a Frankenword.
These wordy mashups (also known as portmanteau) are generally harmless, always fun to say, and sometimes so sneaky, you’d never know they started off as two separate pieces to begin with.
A guesstimate is when you make an estimate without any real data to back it up. It’s kind of like playing The Price is Right, but there are no prizes. It’s a guessed estimate! Get it?
Friend? Enemy? Why not both? Both is good. Or maybe not. If you’re on friendly terms with a person you’re also in rivalry with, you’re probably frenemies.
The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper – Pixie’s knack for writing poems doesn’t seem very special until she learns about her magical heritage.
The Bag of Bones – Everyone is eager to hear whom Queen Bluebell will declare as her heir, especially the scheming Truda Hangnail, an illegal Deep Witch.
Charmed Life – Cat and his gifted sister, Gwendolen, are brought to Chrestomanci Castle to learn from the world’s greatest enchanter—but Cat can’t do any magic.
What are you reading?
Monsters were crawling from the ruins of Bath, the whispers said, bone-thin fiends and giants as tall as the hills. On the nearby farms, people nailed herbs to their doorposts and tied their shutters closed with red ribbons.