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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Speak up for yourself - we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows that this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Realistic fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0374371520 9780374371524 9780312674397 0312674392 9780141310886 014131088X 0142407321 9780142407325
OCLC Number: 40298254
Notes: Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2000.
Awards: Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2000
Target Audience: Young Adult.
Description: 197 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Laurie Halse Anderson.
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"Speak up for yourself - we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows that this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and is is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In this powerful novel, an utterly believeable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

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A nice addition to any library.

by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2009-06-09) Good Permalink

     One of the very best YA novels I have ever read. Speak deals with the subject of rape and the great inward pain that results. There are virtually no slow spots in this YA novel. Will  recommend it to 8th grade and up, as well as teachers. 

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"You are getting better at this, but it's not good enough. This looks like a tree, but it is an average, ordinary, everyday, boring tree. Breathe life into it. Make it bend - trees are flexible, so they don't snap. Scar it, give it a twisted branch - perfect trees don't exist. Nothing is perfect. Flaws...
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