Macmillan. May 2011. 224p. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9780312674397.
Gr 8 Up–Melinda starts off freshman year as the high school pariah. She called the cops to break up a party over the summer. But no one knows why she did or why she can no longer speak. Although the actions of most of the adults in Melinda’s life are abhorrent, there is one teacher who makes a huge impact on her, and the teen finds solace in her art. Students will connect with Melinda’s desire to stop the noise and find her voice. As she struggles through the aftermath of her trauma, she gains the strength to break the silence. Acclaimed author Anderson’s debut will strike a chord with many young people.
VERDICT This modern classic about sexual assault, bullying, and mental health is for everyone, and a must in every collection. Libraries should also include the recent graphic novel adaptation.

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