Speak

By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Are you afraid to make mistakes or speak up?

"Art is about making mistakes, and learning from them"

(Anderson 122).

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Speak up for what you believe in, rather if that's against someone, or for something. Let your voice be heard.

Summary:

Speak is about a girl named, Melinda Sordino, who is hated by many people because she called the cops on a party, but no one really knows what happened. She was taken advantage of by a senior and he ruined her life. She was afraid to speak up and tell everyone what he did, and when she finally did, everyone listened. Speak is a good book about over coming fears and speaking up for what is right.

Reviews:

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


"A stunning first novel....Anderson infuses the narrative with a wit that sustains the heroine through her pain and holds readers' empathy....Melinda's hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

Awards:

A Micheal L. Printz Honor Book

A National Book Award Finalist

A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award

A New York Times Best Seller

A Publishers Weekly Best Seller

An ALA Top Ten Book For Young Adults

An ALA Quick Pick

Winner of eight state book awards-and a finalist for eleven

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