by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak is a book about a girl named Melinda who has gone through some pretty rough things. Right before she starts the hardest 4 years of her life, high school. Everybody blames her for past things that have happened, when they don't know the real story. Melinda just needs to use her voice and let people know. What do you think? Will she speak up?
“When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”
Poor Melinda, nobody knows the real story. But she doesn't want to tell anyone. She feels so alone and like nobody understands.
In 2000, Speak was an Edgar Allan Poe best young adult award finalist.