Throughout college I babysat ages baby on up. I changed diapers. After college I worked on a friend’s farm. I scooped pony, goat, sheep and (stepped in) chicken poop. After starting at the Northshire Bookstore I sold a book called Everyone Poops. (I think I’m noticing a trend…..). But this is not a bad thing. It is character building.
Therefore, it probably is not surprising my favorite books are ones with character. These books will be in public, school and home libraries for years to come. Resonating long after the book is closed.
No matter how many years pass or how many wonderful books come out of her pen, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, will always speak. What do you do when you are a high school freshman and want to fit in? You go to a party. What do you do when a popular senior seems interested in you? You speak to him. What do you do when he rapes you? You call the police. But what happens when you cannot speak about what happened? The police come and break it up and your peers blame you. Never bothering to learn why you did what you did. What do you do when the only person speaking to you is your rapist? This is the world that Anderson created for Melinda. A world where not only a powerful subject is introduced to our consciousness, but a world that is all too common: the shunning of a fellow student simply because no one takes the time to know the person behind their actions. Anderson shows that words (or lack of them) can harm. (READ MORE)