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lucy-coats's picture
Sep.26.2010
This may be the most difficult post I have ever written.  Be warned: some of it may not make easy reading.  But I want to speak out, because finally, after 40 odd years, I feel brave enough to do so.  First, though, I want to talk about Speak the book. You may have heard of it.  It's been all over...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Sep.19.2010
  It took me two years to read Speak. I picked it up when I was just starting to write YA fiction, and when I started reading the book I quickly put two and two together and realized that the narrator Melinda, a sarcastic yet likable girl, was raped at a party by Andy Evans, a popular boy at the...
catherine-ryan-hyde's picture
Sep.19.2010
Who could possibly think the YA novel Speak is pornography? Unfortunately, there's an answer to that question.  He's a guy in Missouri, Wesley Scroggins.  In an article called Filthy books demeaning to Republic education, he mischaracterizes Laurie Halse Anderson's classic YA novel Speak, the story...
cecil-castellucci's picture
Sep.19.2010
I first read Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak after I bought it at a conference that I attended where she was giving the key note speech. I had just sold my first novel Boy Proof and she signed my book. The inscription read: To Cecil, Who is speaking out in her own books now. Maybe she signs that in...
laurie-halse-anderson's picture
Sep.19.2010
Remember last September, when the book banners crawled out of their pits of nastiness to try to remove YA literature from classrooms and libraries? It is September again, my friends. Wesley Scroggins is an associate professor of management at Missouri State University. He was also a speaker at...