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Contributor(s): Anderson, Laurie Halse, Carroll, Emily (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374300283     ISBN-13: 9780374300289
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
    OUR PRICE: $17.99  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: February 2018
Annotation: A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Teenage girls; Fiction.
Emotional problems; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Dewey: 741.5/973
LCCN: bl2018002804
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.75" W x 1.25" (1.55 lbs) 371 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q19822
Reading Level: 7.1   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 8.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #3)
In this new graphic novel adaptation of Anderson's Speak (rev. 9/99)—a powerful narrative of a high school freshman's year of self-preservation after a brutal sexual assault—artist Carroll starkly renders protagonist Melinda's pain and healing in black and white, expertly deploying visual perspective and tension to sharpen the emotional impact. As she withdraws further and further under the strain of coping with her classmates' cruelty and the terror of crossing paths with the senior who raped her at a party, silence becomes sanctuary. Art becomes a means of expression for her, making the graphic novel format especially resonant with the original theme. Much remains the same narratively as Melinda moves through a world and relationships that cannot be as they were but that still offer tentative hope. The addition of smartphones and social media provides some modern window dressing, and the juxtaposition of a tumultuous first-person narration with the third-person visual perspective will give even longtime devotees a new way to experience Melinda's story. anastasia m. Collins Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

Gr 7 Up—Melinda is already a pariah on her first day as a freshman at Merryweather High. She involved the police in an end-of-summer party, and now everyone shuns her. Unable to tell anyone what actually happened at the party, Melinda withdraws more and more into herself. Rarely speaking, ditching classes, and ignoring school assignments, she spirals downward into apathy and depression. One of the few people to reach her is her art teacher, who helps her express with art what she has so deeply and painfully buried. This potent retelling of the modern classic Speak blends words and images to create magic: a new representation of a teen whose voice is ripped from her, the battles she must wage to find it again, and the triumph of finally being able to speak out. Carroll's grayscale artwork perfectly depicts the starkness of Melinda's depression through strong ink lines and striking panels that rely on pencil and charcoal textural effects for the backgrounds. The characters are distinct and the action flows naturally; it is amazing how closely this version evokes the style and feeling of the original. The dialogue is pulled directly from the novel and enhances the progression of the story and of Melinda's emotions. VERDICT This gripping, powerful work will introduce Speak to a brand-new audience and enthrall longtime fans. Admirers of Carroll's Through the Woods will also appreciate this timeless tale.—Kelley Gile, Cheshire Public Library, CT

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.