A National Book Award Finalist, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak tells the heartbreaking but inspiring story of one high school girl’s quest to be heard. Speak offers readers with a fictional story that’s all too realistic, as it discusses the darker aspects that students often face in high school today. Not only does Anderson craft an emotional story, she also introduces a heroine that readers will not become immediately attached to.
Melinda does not start off her freshman year well – not at all. Though everyone tells her going into high school that what she has to say has value, no one wants to listen to her. Melinda has become an outcast at Merryweather High, ever since she called the cops at a party before the school year started. No matter how much she tries to be heard, no one pays her any mind, so she gradually loses her voice more and more, only finding an outlet through her art. Yet, what everyone doesn’t know – since no one will listen – is that something awful happened to her at that party. It isn’t until the awful incident seems to be repeating itself that Melinda starts to regain her voice – and hopefully vindication.
With themes of violence and social issues, this title is recommended for readers twelve years and older.
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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
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