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Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Published: 2006-06-30
Hardcover : 0 pages
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Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not ...
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(Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

Awards for Speak

A 2000 Printz Honor Book
A 1999 National Book Award Finalist
An Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist
A 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
Winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Quick Pick
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Top Ten First Novel of 1999
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Horn Book Fanfare Title

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by [email protected] (see profile) 10/20/18

Gave me a different point of view as to how a young girl might react to this kind of situation.

 
  "An important book"by stgarzon (see profile) 06/11/13

This book generated a good discussion of the issues surrounding the high school years and the ways parents respond.

 
  "I liked the book"by melissa218 (see profile) 11/15/10

 
  "Easy read"by mylife580 (see profile) 11/05/10

 
  "Intense and involving..Loved it"by Kathy E. (see profile) 08/25/08

This book is a must read. The author made Melinda come to life for me. It may sound stupid but I will admit that I talked to the book. Every time IT came around her I would feel the same panic. At the... (read more)

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