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Format:
Book (regular print)
Title:
Speak
ISBN:
9780374371524

9780312674397

9780141310886

9780142407325

9781448776900

9780756970987

9780142414736

9781404610729

9781613834527

9780844672922
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999.
Physical Description:
197 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2000.
Summary:
"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 that 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 is 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 this powerful novel, an utterly believeable 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.
Reading Level:
Young Adult.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 4.5 7.

Accelerated Reader UG 4.5 7.0 32480.
Subject(s):
High schools -- Fiction.

Schools -- Fiction.

Emotional problems of teenagers -- Fiction.

Rape -- Fiction.

Emotional problems -- Fiction.
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