The Resource Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

Label
Speak
Title
Speak
Statement of responsibility
Laurie Halse Anderson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 1999
  • Garden State Teen Book Award (New Jersey), Fiction (Grades 9-12), 2002.
  • Carolyn W. Field Award (Pennsylvania), 2000.
  • Golden Kite Award for Fiction, 1999.
  • Heartland Award, 2001.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Grades 9-12, 2001.
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 1999.
  • Sequoyah Book Awards (Oklahoma), Young Adult Books, 2002.
  • South Carolina Book Award, Young Adult Books, 2002.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2000
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2015.
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2000
Review
  • In a stunning first novel, Anderson uses keen observations and vivid imagery to pull readers into the head of an isolated teenager. Divided into the four marking periods of an academic year, the novel, narrated by Melinda Sordino, begins on her first day as a high school freshman. No one will sit with Melinda on the bus. At school, students call her names and harass her; her best friends from junior high scatter to different cliques and abandon her. Yet Anderson infuses the narrative with a wit that sustains the heroine through her pain and holds readers' empathy. A girl at a school pep rally offers an explanation of the heroine's pariah status when she confronts Melinda about calling the police at a summer party, resulting in several arrests. But readers do not learn why Melinda made the call until much later: a popular senior raped her that night and, because of her trauma, she barely speaks at all. Only through her work in art class, and with the support of a compassionate teacher there, does she begin to reach out to others and eventually find her voice. Through the first-person narration, the author makes Melinda's pain palpable: "I stand in the center aisle of the auditorium, a wounded zebra in a National Geographic special." Though the symbolism is sometimes heavy-handed, it is effective. The ending, in which her attacker comes after her once more, is the only part of the plot that feels forced. But the book's overall gritty realism and Melinda's hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
  • Gr 8 Up-A ninth grader becomes a social pariah when she calls the police to bust a summer bash and spends the year coming to terms with the secret fact that she was raped during the party. A story told with acute insight, acid wit, and affecting prose. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Awards note
Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2000
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
076921
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Young Adult
Interest level
  • UG
  • UG
LC call number
PZ7.A54385
LC item number
Sp 1999
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
NLM call number
Anderson, L.
Reading level
  • 4.5
  • 4.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning
  • Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Emotional problems of teenagers
  • Rape
  • Emotional problems
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Rape
  • Emotional problems of teenagers
  • High schools
  • Rape
  • Schools
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
Link
http://www.teenreads.com/authors/au-anderson-laurie.asp
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2000
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm40298254
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
197 pages
Isbn
9780142414736
Lccn
98031933
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)40298254
Label
Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
Link
http://www.teenreads.com/authors/au-anderson-laurie.asp
Publication
Note
Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2000
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm40298254
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
197 pages
Isbn
9780142414736
Lccn
98031933
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)40298254

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