By: Laurie Halse Anderson

How would it feel to go to school everyday and be afraid to speak?

"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 feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say." (Anderson 9).


ALA Best Book for Young Adults

National Book Award Finalist.

IRA Young Adult Choice


“The book's overall gritty realism and Melinda's hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired.’” —Publishers Weekly

  • “Melinda's sarcastic wit, honesty, and courage make her a memorable character whose ultimate triumph will inspire and empower readers.” — Audiofile
  • “An uncannily funny book even as it plumbs the darkness, Speak will hold readers from first word to last.” — The Horn Book *Starred Review*
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    Speak is all about a girl named Melinda who has a rough freshman year in high school.

    Everyone is against Melinda because of her calling the cops this summer on a party. Melinda is quiet and afraid to speak, she must find a way to stand up and speak.