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Average rating
4 out of 5
Based on 113,220 Ratings and 11,205 Reviews

Book Description
Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud: "My throat is always sore, my lips raw.... Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze.... It's like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis." What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact ... More
Book Information
PublisherFarrar Straus & Giroux
BindingHardcover (42 editions)
Reading LevelYoung Adults
# of Pages208
Publication Date10/22/1999
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About Laurie Halse Anderson (Author) : Laurie Halse Anderson is a published author of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Laurie Halse Anderson include Chains.
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7/31/2015 Angela Sargenti said: I loved this book. It
tags: I recommend, ya_fiction, I read, I'm reading

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2/24/2014 Lola Perkett tagged as: I read

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1/27/2013 Jerry Davis said: This is a fun take on the trials and tribulations of school age kids and how they view the world of high school.
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11/8/2012 William Yu tagged as: I recommend

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12/14/2011 Alyssa Rixe

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9/30/2011 Grier Cooper said:
Something horrible happened to 9th grader Melinda Sordino. It was bad enough that she called the cops during a party and ruined any hope of having friends in high school. She withdraws from school, family and life, finding solace in art and an abandoned janitorial closet at school. Will she find her... more

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9/25/2011 Allison Hunter-Frederick said:
Why? This question ran through my mind as I read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. For example, why did Anderson portray her main character Melinda as a sarcastic and therefore sometimes unlikeable teenager? Or, why did Anderson keep readers in the dark until partway through her novel about the incide... more

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3/14/2011 Bronwyn Scott-McCharen tagged as: I recommend

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5/11/2010 Kathleen S. Wilson tagged as: I read

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5/3/2010 Sara Scribner tagged as: I read

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1/25/2010 Kelli Williamson said: I loved this book. I recommend watching the movie also.
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11/24/2009 Tonya Fitzharris tagged as: Inspired me

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11/19/2009 Mary Sandford said: Compelling YA with fantastic pacing and voice.
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11/14/2009 Juli Jones said: Very disturbing, but can see why it won an award.
tags: I read

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9/8/2009 Trisha Slay said: Another one of the greatest YA novels ever written. The dark humor just kills me! This book should be required reading for all 15-year-old students and their parents.
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6/22/2009 julia b tagged as: I read

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5/29/2009 Pamela Kevern said: Every middle grade girl should read. It deals with the difficult subject of rape.
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5/2/2009 Nicole Green said: Excellent book. Well-written and thought provoking. It should be required reading for - well - life in general.
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2/28/2009 Kristi Combs tagged as: I read

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12/25/2008 Jeannine Garsee tagged as: I read, I recommend

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12/23/2008 Ali B said: 89200
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10/16/2008 Brenda Durham said: This is my favorite book of all-time. I think it should be a must-read for all teen girls.
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7/14/2008 Samantha Tai tagged as: I'm reading

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7/9/2008 Edith Cohn tagged as: I recommend, Inspired me

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6/29/2008 Michelle McCorkle said: I love this book and my students do too! A must read.
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6/27/2008 Holly Cupala tagged as: , Inspired me

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5/25/2008 Kristin Walker

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3/17/2008 Carmela Martino said: Finally got a chance to read this highly-acclaimed novel. Great read!
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2/9/2008 Marley Gibson

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2/8/2008 Kristen Painter said: Awesome book.

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