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The first ten lies they tell you in high school."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."Speak "was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 197 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 17.78mm | 204.12g
  • Palgrave USA
  • Square Fish
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312674392
  • 9780312674397
  • 3,097

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A "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year

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About Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a "New York Times" bestselling author of books for kids of all ages--including "Fever 1793," "Chains," "Twisted," and many others. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, "Speak" and "Chains," were National Book Award finalists. Anderson was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the YALSA division of the American Library Association for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature."Anderson was born in Potsdam, New York in 1961. Growing up, she loved reading and listening to family stories. She graduated from Georgetown University in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was freelance journalist, and then worked part-time at a bookstore to earn money while working on her fiction. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes.

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One of the most powerful novels I have ever read. I absolutely loved the writing style of this book and can definitely see Anderson as one of my favorite authors in the future. The writing was just so beautiful and everything was described so well and it was also really funny. The main character of the novel made me laugh and cry and I felt so much for her. I was rooting for her and wanted everything to end up we'll for her. Her story is really tragic and Anderson's writing helps you to understand and feel what she is feeling. Definitely one of my new favorites and I recommend this to everyone and cannot wait to read more works from this author.show more
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