I subbed last week for an English teacher. For two of her classes, I led vocabulary discussion of Speak; covering a range of pages in the first third of the book, pushed play on the audio CD and then passed out a questionnaire. LOVE! I can’t truthfully admit that I read every word but I skimmed through and hit many highlights and read the last few pages desperately and thoroughly engaged. Tears in my eyes.
NOTE: in another class that day, I read aloud from The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B Cooney but was not capable of finishing that one by skimming. I want/need to get back to this one! Also, it was Read Aloud Day and I was very excited to have been able to participate.
Back to Speak. What a great book! I feel privileged to be a part of sharing such important relevant books with our young people.
If you don’t know, I will spoil it all for you. Don’t HIGHLIGHT if you don’t want to know. This is a book about a young girl who was raped at an end-of-summer party and calls 911. The cops break up the party and so now all the kids hate her. She ended up running after placing the call so NO ONE KNOWS. She does not understand clearly what happened, how it happened and certainly not the best way to deal with it. She turns inward and SILENT. She starts high school – never easy but now she is considered a freak, she has no friends and — oh! it’s just so hard!
And I am sad that the author tells in the back of the book that she often has students ask her why the girl didn’t just enjoy being assaulted. Whoa. Seriously messed up. Bless authors and teachers for presenting these tough subjects through literature.
And now a fun quote about pie!
“Oh, if you put it in a slice of pumpkin pie, it could be a desserted island!” -p64