“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Penguin Group, c. 199.
Reading Level: 690L
Synopsis: Melinda Sordino did not expect the summer before her first year of high school to end this badly. She called the cops to bust an end-of-summer party, and now she is an outcast. She does not speak to anyone, except her new friend Heather and her art teacher, Mr. Freeman, who helps her find her voice. Melinda has to make the choice to either speak the truth about what really happened that night of the party or remain silent.
Rationale for Use: Great message for young adults, exposes students to something they may not be aware of and is not frequently talked about.
Content Area Connections: High school, young adults, real-life situations
Possible Problems or Concerns: May be hard for some students to relate to the character of Melinda and what she is going through.