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Speak: the graphic novel
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Call Number: 741.5 A5472 2018

Melinda is an outcast. She has no friends, her grades are plummeting, and she can’t even think about coping with whatever her parents have going on. Last summer she called the cops while at a party. They came, broke it up, and made some arrests. Cue Melinda being cut off from her entire school.


But nobody knows why Melinda called the police. Melinda is a survivor, raped by a popular upperclassman. She could begin to recover if she could only put what happened into words.


Laurie Halse Anderson’s award-winning novel finds new life as a graphic novel illustrated by Emily Carroll. The story is as fierce and poignant as ever, but the artwork breathes new elements of horror and hope into Melinda’s tale, while bringing Speak into modern times. If you can handle the subject matter, this is a book that should not be missed.

John L.
May 21, 2018
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