Laurie Halse Anderson

“I wonder how long it would take for anyone to notice if I just stopped talking.”

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All Melinda wants is for everyone to forget what happened with IT and the party at the end of summer. At the beginning of the year she meets Heather, a new girl, someone who will finally start new with her. When Heather leaves her to become popular, Melinda falls in love with art. She learns how to use it as her outlet and puts a lot of her time into it. Later in the year she finds out her ex-best-friend has recently started dating IT. Finally, Melinda remembers all that happened at the party and why she was afraid to remember.

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Praises For Speak

"Once I finished reading the last word I knew I was going to reread it."

"Honest. Authentic. Real. Use all those words and their synonyms and you have this book."

"Speak is a moving and heartbreaking tale about a young girl who is keeping a dark secret from everyone"

" It is dangerously, fantastically gripping, not necessarily because the plot is so amazing, but because Anderson gets Melinda's voice so very, very right. "

"SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson is a riveting, compassionate book"


Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of Speak. After writing Speak, she won the Printz Honor Book Award, a National Book Award nomination, Golden Kite award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She has written more young adult books, historical novels and many childrens books. In 2009, she recieved the Margaret A. Edwards Award and was praised for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature."

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