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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Jun 19, 10

Read in June, 2010

At the end of her eighth grade year, Melinda Sordino broke an unwritten code and her friends turned against her. She started her freshman year of high school depressed and friendless, a condition that continued until the end of the year. Through her narrative, Melinda shared the agony she experienced as she sat alone in the lunch room, attended classes, and lived in a home with two disconnected parents. Melinda’s eighth grade incident weighed on her and she went through a grieving experience that changed her phycially, emotionally, and socially.

Melinda finds some peace and healing as she participates in an Art class under the instruction of a gifted and compassionate teacher. Her story is the story of far too many young women in our society; thankfully, the story is one of hope after a period of great pain. I loved the book and cried at the end for all those who have felt such sorrow.

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