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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Jun 12, 2010

it was amazing
Read in March, 2004

Author Laurie Halse Anderson, the recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award pens the fictional story of soon-to-be freshman Melinda. Melinda and her friends are invited to a party shortly before high school begins. At the party Melinda is raped, which prompts her to call the police on the party. Melinda ends up alienated by everyone at her high school discovering that Melinda broke up the party by calling the police. Melinda keeps the rape a secret from her friends and family, which sends Melinda into a depression that shapes the beginning of her high school career. Whether Melinda can recover from the damage done to her and her reputation remains a mystery throughout the book. Speak is a National Book Award Nominee for Young People's Literature (1999), a winner of the Golden Kite Award for Fiction (1999), Horn Book Fanfare Best Book Winner (2000), BCCB Blue Ribbon Book Winner (1999), Edgar Award Nominee for Best Young Adult (2000), received the Printz Honor (2000), and won the South Carolina Book Award for Young Adult Book (2002). The contemporary issue of sexual violence, the interpersonal and inner-personal struggle for Melinda is unfortunately a theme that many young adults can relate to that will keep them reading to see how Melinda’s story ends.
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