Laurie Anderson

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Do you think you'd be the one raped in high school?

"I am outcast." (Anderson 4)

Freshman year starts terribly for Melinda Sordino. She called the cops at a end of summer party, and now has no friends to start her first year of high school. School goes by and nothing changes, everyone still hates her. Eventually she'll let everyone know what really happened at the party. When she finally speaks her life completely changes.


" An uncannily funny book even as it plumbs the darkness, Speak will hold readers from first word to last." - The Horn Book (starred review)

"Melinda's voice is distinct, unusual, and very real as she recounts her past and present experiences in bitterly ironic, occasionally even amusing vignettes.... Melinda's sarcastic wit, honesty, and courage make her a memorable character whose ultimate triumph will inspire and empower readers." - Booklist (starred review)

Did you know?..

Every 2 minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. Each year there is about 237,868 victims of sexual assault.

44% of victims are under age 18.

80% are under age 30

60% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.

97% of rapist wont spend a day in jail.