"Speak" by Laurie H. Anderson is a young adult novel written in diary format about Melinda's traumatic rape at a party and her ensuing difficulty in talking about it to anyone. She reports the party to the police who bust the party, but never tells her friends why she contacted the police or what happened to her at the party. Therefore, Melinda is ostracized at school and sinks into a dark depression. Melinda's recovery is slow and painful causing her to withdraw into a world where she speaks only through her art work and to a poster of Maya Angelou. Through the encouragement of an art teacher, her male lab partner, and another attempted attack, she finally finds her voice and SPEAKS out about what happened at the party.This is a moving and powerful story about violence, victimization and PTSD. This is a story about finding one's voice and shouting out the truth. It is also the story about the importance of loyalties and friendships that young readers will identify with on multiple levels.Students will read this book and learn valuable skills they can apply to their own lives and friendships. Using the study guide greatly enhances the students grasp of the important points in this wonderful book. (Feedback about this item is really appreciated, and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of FREEBIES, SALES and newly posted products). Thank You!!!