From the Publisher
The first ten lies they tell you in high
"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
Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for
Young People''s Literature.
About the Author
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.
About the Book
In this powerful novel, a teenage heroine delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: May 10, 2011
Publisher: Square Fish
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312674392
ISBN - 13: 9780312674397