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... show more
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 SpeakA 2000 Printz Honor BookA 1999 National Book Award FinalistAn Edgar Allan Poe Award FinalistA 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize FinalistWinner of the SCBWI Golden Kite AwardAn ALA Best Book for Young AdultsAn ALA Quick PickA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A Booklist Top Ten First Novel of 1999A BCCB Blue Ribbon BookA School Library Journal Best Book of the YearA Horn Book Fanfare Title
Publish date: April 1st 2001
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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Speak by L.H. Anderson was a short book (143 pages), but it delivered a strong message. The protagonist, Melinda, doesn’t say much and as the novel progresses says even less. As the novel is written in deep POV we’re only privy to past details if the protagonist is thinking about them in the present...
I did not enjoy high school. When I hear about those who had 'fun', I always wonder how they managed to avoid bullying, lousy teachers, academic pressure, or the general angst adolescence brings. But some enjoy it. Maybe they had the steel to survive the bullshit. Everyone is different. Most kids w...
This is one of the books i read in high school and actually enjoyed. I think it's really well-written. Melinda has a unique voice that, in my opinion, is sullen, but not whiny. I think the mystery is really well-developed. It's mentioned every now and then that there's more to Melinda's story than w...
Not an easy book, what with the underlying trauma. But I can see how this issue book has become a staple of high-school curricula.
One of my goals for 2016 is to seriously pare down my collection of books. I know, I know, it's a blasphemous thing to say on a site for book lovers. It's taken me a loooong time to feel comfortable with letting my books go, but I want to travel light for awhile. I've been rereading some old copies ...