Welcome back to Vlog & Video. Two weeks ago, I unveiled a new project: The ZS Roe Vlog. Last time around, you saw me in my apartment, introducing the vlog and explaining what it would be about. This week I start the ball rolling.
In a nutshell, The ZS Roe Vlog is a place for me to share great storytelling and the places these stories are made and told. Every two weeks I’ll recommend a novel, short story, poem, or film, and bring you along to the places in which these stories have particular significance. Also, I encourage you to leave a comment and share a favourite story of your own, be it personal or fictional.
So, without further adieu, I give you:
Surviving High School: Reading Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK
Laurie Halse Anderson’s debut novel, Speak, tells the story of Melinda Sordino, a high school freshman who has become an outcast. After breaking up an end-of-summer party by calling the police, all of Melinda’s old friends refuse to talk to her, and even people she doesn’t know treat her like a social pariah.
With no real friends and dropping grades, her first year of high school is one of struggle and confusion. But what happened to Melinda the night of that Party? And why is she finding it harder and harder to speak out loud?
Will Melinda ever find her voice?
Will she ever speak out about what happened to her?
For more info about Speak and other Laurie Halse Anderson books, visit the author’s website.
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