This book is so well known that I feel silly that I didn’t read it till now. Speak is a great novel that follows its main character, Melinda, through her freshman year of high school. Melinda faces a lot of issues throughout the book all stemming from an event that occurred the summer before the book starts. I felt like this book opens up important topics for discussion. As usual Anderson captures the voice of American teens with great accuracy.
I know there are school districts that have all of their freshmen read this book. I would not hesitate to use it in my classroom or to recommend it as independent reading to a student. I think that this book is appropriate for grades 8-12.
A 2000 Printz Honor Book
A 1999 National Book Award Finalist
An Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist
Winner of the Golden Kite Award
An ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
An ALA Quick Pick
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Top Ten First Novel of 1999
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
An SLJ Best Book of the year
A Horn Book Fanfare Title
2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award (for this and other novels)
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