Title:   Speak

Author:  Laurie Halse Anderson



 About the author: 


Critical Evaluation— 

Melinda Sordino is raped and as a result, becomes silent. She needs speak again to heal. 

Reader’s Annotation— 


Storyline:Character-driven; Issue-oriented
Tone:Disturbing; Emotionally intense; Serious
Writing Style:Compelling; Conversational”

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Challenge Issues

Challenge Resources 

  • Library Selection Policy
  • Rationale explaining why the item was chosen for the collection
  • Active listening skills
  • Awards
  • Reconsideration form (as a last resort)
  • National Council of Teachers of English “Right to Read”
  • Positive and negative reviews: expert, parent, student
  • ALA Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges to Library Materials
  • ALA Bill of Rights on Intellectual Freedom
  • Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  • Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

Why did you pick this for your collection?  

  • Booklist Editors’ Choice – Books for Youth – Older Readers Category: 1999
  • Carolyn W. Field Award (Pennsylvania)
  • Garden State Teen Book Awards (New Jersey): Fiction (Grades 9-12)
  • Golden Kite Award: Fiction
  • Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature (1996-2010)
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award: Grades 9-12
  • School Library Journal Best Books: 1999
  • Sequoyah Book Awards (Oklahoma): Young Adult Books
  • South Carolina Book Awards: Young Adult Books
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults: 2000
  • YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound – Literature and Language Arts: 2004
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: Book to Movie: Ripped From the Pages (2015)
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: 2000