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Anderson, Laurie Halse - Speak

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Anderson, Laurie Halse - Speak : 224 pages, © 2006


Highschool freshman Melinda is labeled the class piraiah when she calls the police at a party, landing several popular students under arrest.  But readers gradually come to realize that Melinda called the police because she was date-raped by the school's most popular senior.  Unable to speak to anyone about her trauma, Melinda lapses into total silence, withdrawing into herself and her artwork.  Over the course of this powerful novel, Melinda comes to terms with what has happened to her, and finds the voice to speak out about what has occured. 


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Date rape; school bullying





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