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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374371520
ISBN-13: 9780374371524
Sku: 30486191
Publish Date: 9/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 0.75T
Pages:  198
Age Range:  16 to 21
 
It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache. (from the first line)
Melinda finds herself an outcast at her high school for calling the cops on an end of summer party, and, although she finds comfort in her art class, she still holds a terrible secret. *Author: Anderson, Laurie Halse *Publication Date: 1999/10/22 *Number of Pages: 197 *Binding Type: School And Library *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 8.75
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The ninth graders are herded into the auditorium. We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Goths, Shredders. I am clanless. I wasted the last weeks of August watching bad cartoons. I didn't go to the mall, the lake, or the pool, or answer the phone. I have entered high school with the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, the wrong attitude. And I don't have anyone to sit with.|From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops a major infraction in high-school society so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won't go away, until there is a painful confrontation. Once that happens, she can't be silent she must speak the truth.|In this powerful novel, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.
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From the beginning of Melinda's freshman year of high school, she's labeled a snitch and a loser--she called the cops at an end-of-summer party, and a lot of kids got in trouble. But Melinda's holding a powerful, horrible secret, and it's eating away at her, taking away her voice along with everything else. Though she has no one to turn to, she soon discovers what she must do to help stop her suffering--and she refuses to remain silent anymore. A 2000 Michael L. Printz Honor Book.
Author Bio
Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson grew up in Syracuse, New York. Ever since she was a young girl, she loved to read books. Even though she tended to read many books at once (a habit that she still has!), her favorite book was J.R.R Tolkein's THE HOBBIT. Now that she's a role model for many young aspiring writers, Laurie has three important things that she thinks kids who want to write should know: 1.) Read everything you can get your hands on, 2.) Be kind to your English teachers, 3.) Don't be one of "those people" who just talks about being a writer--BE a writer! It seems that Laura followed her own advice, because her first young adult novel, SPEAK, was nominated for the 1999 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. When Laurie found out that she had been nominated, she felt "stunned, honored, grateful, giddy, bewildered, amazed, thrilled. And happy. Very happy." Laurie feels that the highest reward any author can receive is to know that he or she has written a good story. Besides this award-winning young adult novel, she has also written three picture books: NO TIME FOR MOTHER'S DAY, TURKEY POX, AND NDITO RUNS, all of which were received with praise. Laurie's favorite writers are Chris Crutcher, Francesca Lia Block, Karen Hesse, Karen Cushman, and Robert Cormier. A fun fact: her grandfather was a forest ranger.

Praise

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[This] book is also keenly aware of the corrosive details of outsiderhood and the gap between home and daily life at high school....[T]his is a gripping account of personal wounding and recovery." - Deborah Stevenson October 1999

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   12
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0198
Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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