Imported from USA
Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder
for her to speak out loud: "My throat is always sore, my lips raw.... Every time I try to talk to my parents or a
teacher, I sputter or freeze.... It's like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis." What could have caused Melinda to
suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and
got everyone busted at the seniors' big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it's because her parents' only form of
communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. While Melinda is
bothered by these things, deep down she knows the real reason why she's been struck mute...
Laurie Halse Anderson's first novel is a stunning and sympathetic tribute to the teenage outcast. The triumphant
ending, in which Melinda finds her voice, is cause for cheering (while many readers might also shed a tear or two).
After reading Speak, it will be hard for any teen to look at the class scapegoat again without a measure of compassion
and understanding for that person--who may be screaming beneath the silence. (Ages 13 and older) --Jennifer Hubert