Speak: The Graphic Novel

By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Illustrator: Emily Carroll

The critically acclaimed, award-winning, modern classic Speak is now a stunning graphic novel. Resource list. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780374300289

JLG Release: Apr 2018


Sensitive Areas: Racial taunts, Violence, Underage drinking, Smoking, Negative attitudes toward differing mental abilities, Rape, Attempted sexual assault, Self-harm, Realities of mental illness and PTSD
Topics: PTSD , Recovery , Art , Trauma , High school , Graphic novels

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
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 as
[STARRED REVIEW]
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

Horn Book

[STARRED REVIEW]
In this new graphic novel adaptation of Anderson’s Speak (rev. 9/99)—a powerful narrative of a 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 perspec
[STARRED REVIEW]
In this new graphic novel adaptation of Anderson’s Speak (rev. 9/99)—a powerful narrative of a 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 provide some modern window dressing, and the juxtaposition of a tumultuous first-person narration with the thirdperson visual perspective will give even longtime devotees a new way to experience Melinda’s story. anastasia m. collins

Book Details

ISBN

9780374300289

First Release

April 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level GN550L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Racial taunts, Violence, Underage drinking, Smoking, Negative attitudes toward differing mental abilities, Rape, Attempted sexual assault, Self-harm, Realities of mental illness and PTSD

Topics

PTSD, Recovery, Art, Trauma, High school, Graphic novels,

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