Laurie Halse Anderson

A Brief Summary

Melinda Sordino is a new girl at Merryweather High School. Melinda doesn't have many friends because the summer prior to her freshman year she called the police when she was at a party because she had been raped. Since she decided not to tell anyone about the raping she lost all of her friends. Now Melinda is just fightening through the struggles of highschool by hiding in janitor closets. Eventually Melida faces her fears and describes the horrifying expience that no one knew she had encountered.

"you have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against."

Do you know what it feels like to be scared for your life and safety?

Laurie Halse Anderson
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  • 1999- Speak was a National Book Award Finalist
  • 1999- BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
  • 2000- SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Fiction
  • 2000- Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
  • 2000- ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • 2000- Printz Honor Book
  • 2000- Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
  • 2000- Fiction Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • 2000- Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Award Finalist
  • 2001- New York Times Paperback Children's Best Seller
  • 2005- New York Times Paperback Children's Best Seller