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Speak (Mature Teen)
By Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda is a struggling freshman trying to fit in, but students have turned against her, treating her as an outcast for calling the police during a summer party. Melinda has lost her voice and wants to speak out, to tell her story. What happened the night she called the police and will she find her voice again?


Contemporary Setting, Serious Societal Issues, Philosophical Issues

Why this is a Good Book For Teenage Girls

When Melinda Sordino's friends discover she called the police to quiet a party, they ostracize her, turning her into an outcast -- even among kids she barely knows. But even worse than the harsh conformity of high-school cliques is a secret that you have to hide.

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson lives in upstate New York.