Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 5–8

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, is the story of a socially isolated teenage rape victim navigating her freshman year of high school. It was among the 100 most frequently challenged books of the 2000s. Objections include claims that the book is inappropriate for young readers because it contains content about rape, sexual assault, and suicidal thoughts.

Activity: Use the resources in this literature guide for Speak to engage students in a thoughtful discussion about the serious and sensitive issue of rape.

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