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National Book Awards Finalist
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781429997041208 Pages, Ages 12-18
The first ten lies they tell you in high school.
"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 oneself.
Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Booklist Editors' Choice, Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Michael L. Printz Award - Honor, School Library Best Books of the Year, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, NYPLT Books for the Teen Age, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, NY 3 Apples Book Award Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, Golden Kite Award for Fiction, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, National Book Awards Finalist, Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, American Library Association Quick Picks for Young Adults, PA Carolyn W. Field Award, California Young Reader Medal, Golden Kite Award Winner
FIRST MARKING PERIOD
WELCOME TO MERRYWEATHER HIGH
It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.
The school bus wheezes to my corner. The door...