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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: Hardback
    Number of pages: 198
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780374371524
    ISBN 10: 0374371520
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    BIC E4L: NFXX
    BIC subject category V2: YFB, YXZ
    BIC E4L: PEO
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12500
    B&T Merchandise Category: JUV
    B&T General Subject: 217
    B&T Book Type: JF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: CK
    Libri: I-CK
    Ingram Theme: APPR/AWARD
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP034
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ADOLES
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039020
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP058, TP086
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/GIRLIN, TOPC/TEEN
    BISAC V2.8: JUV035000
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Theme: CURR/LANGAR
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    B&T Approval Code: X11824000
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039010
    Ingram Theme: CTHD/LANGAR
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039240, JUV039210
    B&T Approval Code: X05011325
    LC classification: PZ7.A54385 SP 1999
    Publisher
    Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
    Imprint name
    Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
    Publication date
    22 October 1999
    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
    "Speaking out at the 'wrong' time-calling 911 from a teen drinking party-has made Melinda a social outcast; now she barely speaks at all. . .While Melinda's smart and savvy interior narrative slowly reveals the searing pain of that 911 night, it also nails the high-school experience cold. . .An uncannily funny book even as it plumbs the darkness, Speak will hold readers from first word to last." --Starred, "The Horn Book"