Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak.  Square Fish, 1999. 197 pages. Paperback. $9.99, ISBN 978-0-312-67439-7

What if something happened to you that was so horrible that you couldn’t talk about it? What if you just thought you could pretend it never happened? What if it just kept eating away at you?

That’s what happened to Melinda. Something horrible happened the summer before her freshman year of high school, something she could not tell anyone, not her best friends or her parents.

Speak  is the story of Melinda’s withdrawal from life throughout her freshman year. Her only solace is found in her art class. The only person who seems interested in helping her is her art teacher. Read for yourself to see if Melinda can speak out and move forward with her life.

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A National Book Award Finalist

A Michael L. Printz Honor Book

An Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist

A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award

An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Quick Pick

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Booklist Top Ten First Novel of the Year

A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A Horn Book Fanfare Title

Winner of eight state book awards, Finalist for eleven


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