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This book was nominated for a National Book Award in 1999 so you get a sense of how well written it is and how powerful it is. This is a keen look at life in a high school through the eyes of a girl who cannot speak up for herself. She has lost the ability to speak up because of a violent incident that occurred at a party last summer. Melinda Sordino is now an outcast because she called the police. Her old friends have turned on her. Her parents don’t register her pain, but they do register her grades. Her new friend, Heather, just wants to belong and tries to join the Marthas. Against the forces of the Merryweather High social scene, Mel struggles to find her voice. She needs to believe in herself and to face the truth of what happened to her and what lurks in the world around her. Ages 14 and up 240 pages

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