by Laurie Halse Anderson
"You're a good kid. I think you have a lot to say. I'd like to hear it." (p.122) - Mr. Freeman
"Don't get me wrong. I think what you did was kind of cool and getting stuck in MISS wasn't fair. But don't expect to make a difference unless you speak up for yourself." (p.158) - David Petrakis
This is what Melinda works on during her art class with Mr. Freeman.
Melinda doesn't socialize with many people throughout the story.