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Laurie Halse Anderson's first novel is a stunning and sympathetic tribute to the teenage outcast. The triumphant ending, in which Melinda finds her voice, is cause for cheering (while many readers might also shed a tear or two). After reading Speak, it will be hard for any teen to look at the class scapegoat again without a measure of compassion and understanding for that person--who may be screaming beneath the silence. (Ages 13 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Somewere out there there are girls like Melinda and they need every one to know that this kind of thing can happen.
Melinda Sordino and her friends are invited to a high school party the summer before her freshman year . . . Imagine their excitement to be invited to a senior party!
Anderson's unique writing style of having Melinda's story written in a "journal" format held my interest from the very beginning and I could hardly put it down!
Wonderful book I couldn't put it down. I teach middle school English and one of my students recommended this to me and I fell in love with it. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by nook
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Why I chose this book:
In the spring of 2015, I am going to be taking a Lit for Young Adults class in grad school. Read more
I have read this book a few times now and it has let a different impression each time I read it. I had to read it for a class and was glad to have the actual book in hand.Published 5 days ago by regates
This is a very powerful book to teach adolescent girls and boys about consensual sex and the shame that rape victims feel after their attack. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jessica Davis
Melinda starts ninth grade as an outcast. She called the cops at a party over the summer and now none of her friends will speak to her, ignoring her on the bus and in the hall... Read morePublished 17 days ago by milan fila