By Laurie Halse Anderson


In a way, Melinda is just like any other freshmen. She is young, new, and afraid. She has a story, but no one knows. Melinda is constantly aware of IT. IT raped her. IT costed her everything. Including grades, friends, confidence, security, her family and most importantly, her voice. Join Melinda on the journey back to everything she lost. How will Melinda find her words again? Find out in this gut-wrenching tale about more than just a rape story, but a self discovery for Melinda and for you.

Millions of Teens in the United States think just this...

"It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing your feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say."(anderson9). Don't let them think that. Read this book to understand their struggles, and do something about this horrible mindset many teenagers have in this day and age.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie H. Anderson is author of many popular books such as Winergirls, Catalyst and Twisted. She is very passionate about the subject of depression, rape and abuse, and is not afraid to express how horrible the problem is. In the book Speak, Laurie includes helpful websites for Rape victims included below. Please if you ever need help, GET HELP!

Praise for Speak

"Extremely well-written... with a fresh and authentic eye... This powerful story has an important lesson: never be afraid to speak up for yourself." -VOYA

" An uncannily and funny book even as it plumbs into darkness, Speak will hold readers from first word to last." - The Horn Book


A National Book award finalist, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and Winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award.