SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda Sordino is having a terrible first day of High School.  Everyone hates her, and it’s not just in her head.

That’s because last summer, Melinda broke a sacred code: she called the police during a party.

Rejected by her former friends and neglected by her parents, Melinda retreats inward.  She speaks less and less, eventually becoming a selective mute.  But as her freshman year progresses, Melinda finds that her own thoughts keep leading her back to last summer, back to the incident that made her who she is.

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About Allie Jane Bruce

Children's Librarian, Bank Street College. Librarian, We Need Diverse Books. Co-creator of Reading While White (readingwhilewhite.blogspot.com). Newbery Committee 2016. Addicted to children's literature and chocolate.
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