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by 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 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 becom "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 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 it 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 Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable 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.

Laurie Halse Anderson

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Ask box is open, my friends! What do you want to know? UPDATE! The final book in my thrilling historical trilogy about the American Revolution, ASHES, will be published October 4, 2016! I recently answered all kinds of great questions over at Reddit. Check it out for loads about my writing process and my books:https://www.reddit.com/r/books/commen... For bio stuff: Laurie Halse Anderson is the New Yor

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Original Title Speak ISBN 014131088X (ISBN13: 9780141310886 ) Edition Language English URL http://us.macmillan.com/speak/LaurieAnderson Characters Rachel Honeybourne (Beauty), Ivy Hall, Heather, Nichole Smythe Burnell, Melinda Sordino...more , Andy Evans, David Petrakis, Mr. Freeman...less setting Syracuse, New York (United States) Literary Awards SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Fiction (1999), Edgar Award Nominee for Best Young Adult (2000), Michael L. Printz Award Nominee (2000), South Carolina Book Award for Young Adult Book Award (2002), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (2001) ...more Evergreen Teen Book Award (2002), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (2000), Lincoln Award Nominee (2005), National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature (1999), Oklahoma Sequoyah Award for YA (2002) ...less (87)