speak 2

by Jesnelson
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Language Arts
Reading Comprehension

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speak 2

From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda finds herself friendless and an outcast. After being raped she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. As the school year progresses she becomes more isolated and eventually stops talking altogether. the only place she feels comfortable at school is in her art class. And it is through her art teacher and hard work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party. By the end if the book Melinda realizes that nothing was her fault and to speak out about what happened to her that night.


By: Laurie Halse Anderson

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What you don't know ...

About the Author

1) Laurie Halse Anderson was born on October 23, 19612) She enjoys writing books geared towards children and young adults3) She gained alot of recognition for this book because she talks about real concerns fears and frustrations of the average teenage female4) She likes to tackle hard topics through humor and sensitivity5) Ms. Anderson came up with the idea of speak because of a dream or nightmare as she referred about a girl sobbing.

SPEAK is considered a trauma novel

the censorship of this book made it land a spot on the 100 banned books list

this book has been translated in 16 different languages

In 2004 this book was translated into a movie starring Twilight star Kristen Stewart

This book was a New York Times best seller 2 years in a row



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