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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    Speak
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Laurie Halse Anderson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 197
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780312674397
    ISBN 10: 0312674392
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.2
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC subject category V2: YXA
    BIC E4L: NF13+
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: JUV
    B&T General Subject: 217
    B&T Book Type: JF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: YXK
    Libri: ENGM3000, ENGL2030, KIND1415
    BIC subject category V2: YFS
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039020
    BIC subject category V2: YXC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP058, TP086
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/GIRLIN, TOPC/TEEN
    Libri: KIND1443, AMER3795
    BISAC V2.8: JUV035000
    LC subject heading: , , , , , ,
    B&T Approval Code: X11824000
    Ingram Subject Code: YS
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039240, JUV039210
    B&T Approval Code: X05011325
    LC classification: PZ7.A54385 SP 2011
    Thema V1.0: YFB, YXQ, YXK, YFS
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Palgrave USA
    Imprint name
    Square Fish
    Publication date
    05 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "In a stunning first novel, Anderson uses keen observations and vivid imagery to pull readers into the head of an isolated teenager. . . . Yet Anderson infuses the narrative with a wit that sustains the heroine through her pain and holds readers' empathy. . . . But the book's overall gritty realism and Melinda's hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired."--"Publishers Weekly", Starred Review "An uncannily funny book even as it plumbs the darkness, "Speak" will hold readers from first word to last."--"The Horn Book", Starred Review "A frightening and sobering look at the cruelty and viciousness that pervade much of contemporary high school life, as real as today's headlines. . . . The plot is gripping and the characters are powerfully drawn . . . a novel that will be hard for readers to forget."--"Kirkus Reviews", Pointer Review "Melinda's pain is palpable, and readers will totally empathize with her. This is a compelling book, with sharp, crisp writing that draws readers in, engulfing them in the story."--"School Library Journal" "A story told with acute insight, acid wit, and affecting prose."--"Library Journal" "Melinda's voice is distinct, unusual, and very real as she recounts her past and present experiences in bitterly ironic, occasionally even amusing vignettes. . . . Melinda's sarcastic wit, honesty, and courage make her a memorable character whose ultimate triumph will inspire and empower readers."--"Booklist" A Michal L. Printz Honor Book A National Book Award Finalist An Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist A "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize Finalist Winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Quick Pick A "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year A "Booklist" Top Ten First Novel A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book A "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year A "Horn Book" Fanfare Title A "New York Times" Bestseller A "Publishers Weekly" Bestseller