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    Laurie Halse Anderson the author of the book Speak speaks through a young girl who has no friends and suffers through desperation as a freshman in high school. Anderson is well known for children and young adult books and has even earned the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2009 and was recognized after writing the book Speak in 1999. “Laurie Halse Anderson was born on October 23, 1961 in Potsdam, New York where she loved the fact that they lived near Canada.” As a child she showed of her impressive righting skills especially with haikus in the second grade. But other than that she was tribal in math and as a teenager she didn’t really dream of being a writer but a doctor. Even though that she had dreams of being a doctor her grades in Biology and Chemistry could not live up to such a demand. Anderson not only was interested…

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    Art gives people who cannot “Speak” a chance to express their own voice and speak to the world. Laurie Halse Anderson, in writing Speak, gives kids hope that there always is someone there to help. Melinda expresses her deep emotion that she doesn’t show anyone, without trying to in her artwork. “I see a girl caught in the remains of a holiday gone bad, with her flesh picked off day after day as the carcass dries out.” Pg.64 Mr. Freeman said this to Melinda after looking at her turkey bones…

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    Silence is uncommon today when sharing what is on everyone’s mind is just a click away. Malala Yousafzai expresses that, “We realize the importance of our voice only when we are silenced.” Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson follows the freshman year after the rape of Melinda Sordino who struggles between keeping her mouth shut and using her voice against her attacker. The novel explores the crippling power of being voiceless to illustrate the importance of speaking up. Melinda demonstrates the…

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    The book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is about Melinda Sordino, a ninth-grader in Merryweather High School in Syracuse, New York. From the outside, she might have looked like an ordinary girl, but inside she held a secret that had withdrawn her to a life of silence and melancholy. She had gone through a traumatizing event that had changed her whole life to the point where she had lost all hope and became self-destructive. Melinda was raped by Andy Evans, a senior, at a party before the start…

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    Melinda’s surrounding of people creates her fears of speaking out about her rape case. At the beginning of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, the freshmen are gathered up together in the auditorium, where she see’s her ex-best friend, Rachel, “This was the girl who suffered through Brownies with me... If there is anyone in the entire galaxy I am dying to tell what really happened, it’s Rachel. My throat burns. Her eyes meet mine for a second. “I hate you,” she mouths silently. She turns her back to…

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    “Control”, this piece of artwork, illustrates how the protagonist of Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, feels and sees the world after she was raped and abused. Both the issue of bullying and sexual abuse in Speak are worldwide issues that affect people on a daily basis, and need to be prevented.The words in blue are her thoughts as she tries to decipher if she was raped last summer when she blacked out at a party, and if she should tell her parents what happened to her. The words in red are the…

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    small incident altering their lives. For the unlucky few who have their lives changed negatively, it is always hard. Weather it is winning a lottery ticket or not getting a job that was worked so hard for, it changes the course of a person’s plans. The classic novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne shows a prime example of how one’s mistake, set in the seventeenth century, alters a woman 's life dramatically. The contemporary novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson also take a look at what…

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    Tom Hooper once said, “I think we all have blocks between us and the best version of ourselves, whether it’s shyness, insecurity, anxiety, whether it’s a physical block, and the story of a person overcoming that block their best self. It’s truly inspiring because I think all of us are engaged in that everyday.” A constant reason of barricade is the insecurity we feel in certain times of our lives. In the novel, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, many characters experience self-doubt and worry. The…

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    Fever 1793, a historical fiction novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson, takes place in the city of Philadelphia during the year 1793 as an epidemic races through the area. Fourteen year-old Mattie Cook is caught right in the middle of it and has to struggle to survive as fever and panic take over the city. This disease causes many changes and challenges in her life that she must overcome. By using certain instances of description and inner thoughts, Anderson effectively develops the theme…

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    Nothing but Quiet Preston Frisch Ms.Bell English 9 10 May 2018 In the book Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, we see the positive and negative qualities of Heather, Rachel, and Melinda.The qualities of each person affects them each personally. The first quality of Melinda “It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.”(Melinda,…

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