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Banned Books-Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Caitlin Chan

on 9 November 2012

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Transcript of Banned Books-Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Introduction About the Author Plot Author's Opinion on the Banning/Challenging of Her Book Theme Conclusion Laurie Halse Anderson Melinda attended a party the summer before her freshman year. Disagrees with it Speak is an amazing story of a rape-victim's journey, from scared and practically mute, to confident and expressive. Banned Books Week Banned Books Week A week in which we celebrate our freedom to read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Speak is one of the hundreds of books that have been challenged or banned in the United States of America. Born on October 23, 1961 Has written many popular books, such as Chains and Fever Her audience is mainly made up of teens and young adults. Speak-Setting Syracuse, New York Main Characters Melinda A shy freshman, and the narrator of Speak Mr. Freeman An art teacher who works with Melinda to help her find closure. Andy Evans A cruel but popular senior At the party, Melinda was raped by Andy Evans. Melinda entered high-school friendless and traumatized, hardly speaking at all with her classmates and teachers. Melinda called the police, but was unable to express what had happened to her. Many of Melinda's peers were upset at her,
as it seemed as if she had called the police for no reason. Upon meeting a girl new to the school, Heather, Melinda thought she had found a new friend. Heather soon deserted Melinda, leaving her for more cheerful friends. Melinda began working with her art teacher,who helped her ultimately find confidence and happiness. SPEAK UP Don't keep things that could hurt you or those around you secret. It's okay to say no sometimes. Where Has Speak Been Banned/Challenged? Scroggins challenged the book in Missouri Why Was Speak Challenged/Banned? Scroggins first challenged Speak because he believed the book to be soft pornography. Inappropriate for children Inappropriate for educational uses Laurie Halse Anderson thinks Speak prepares children for the real world. Her book shows victims that they have to share their experiences. It sends the message to victims that they shouldn't hold their embarrassment in "I am shocked whenever anyone challenges Speak." -Laurie Halse Anderson Speak lets kids know that rapes actually occur, and how to handle them if caught in that situation. Speak should not be banned
from libraries. Let the lesson Speak conveys be heard by everyone Speak up ...ABOUT SPEAK! Credits Created By: Caitlin Chan Polina Rudshtein Josh Kim Starring: Do you love to read? You've probably read a
banned book. She currently lives in Potsdam, New York Jonah Jakab
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