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SAGEBRUSH Corporation, Oct 1, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 197 pages
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From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She retreats into her own world to escape the lies and hypocrisies of high shool. But there is a terrible incident from her past which just won't go away.

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Hated, hated, hated the ending. - Goodreads
I loved this blunt choppy writing style. - Goodreads
This book was very intense and difficult to read. - Goodreads
Another good one by LHA. I love her prose. - Goodreads
The plot may have an occasional slow patch, but overall - Goodreads
I love the narrative voice of this powerful novel. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Maureen - Goodreads

This is such an important book for the content and message it presents. The writing was fantastic and Melinda was such an interesting character to read. I didn't totally LOVE everything about it, but overall it was a fantastic book. Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica Walton - Goodreads

Speak is about a freshman girl, Melinda, who enters high school as an outcast. Despite her desire to speak up, she finds no one who will listen. Her peers blame her for prematurely ending a summer ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Laurie Halse Anderson was born in Potsdam, New York on October 23, 1961. She received a B.S.L.L. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1984. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a freelance reporter. Her first book, Ndito Runs, was published in 1996. She has written numerous books for children including Turkey Pox, No Time for Mother's Day, Fever 1793, Speak, Catalyst, Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution, Chains and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She also created the Wild at Heart series, which was originally published by American Girl but is now called the Vet Volunteers series and is published by Penguin Books for Young Readers. Anderson has been nominated and won multiple honorary awards for her literary work. For the masterpiece Speak, Anderson won the Printz Honor Book Award, a National Book Award nomination, Golden Kite award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her book Fever 1793 won the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults selection and the Junior Library Guild selection. In 2008, Chains was selected for the National Book Award Finalist and in 2009 was awarded for its Historical Fiction the Scott O'Dell Award.

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