Sunday, September 19, 2010

#SPEAKloudly + Giveaway (X posted)

Hey Guys, This is cross posted from my personal blog Frankie Writes. I posted here as well to continue spreading the word--but if you'd like to enter the giveaway please comment at Frankie Writes.

Wow. I've just read so many posts about the latest book banner and his attack on Laurie Halse Anderson's brilliant, amazing and should-be-required-reading SPEAK!

I don't think there is anymore I can say at this point that hasn't been said if you're reading through the blogosphere. I am completely against book banning--I personally do not believe that anyone has the right to decide what someone can and can't read. At all!

Book bannings happen unfortunately all the time.

But this latest attack is beyond disgusting. To actually refer to the rape in SPEAK as soft porn is the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard.

If you need some catch up, here is the link to Laurie Halse Anderson's blog and response.

CJ Redwine also wrote a heartbreakingly beautiful post on why this book is so important to her.

We have to SPEAK up about SPEAK!!! I didn't go through the same horrors Melinda did, but I did suffer from depression in middle school. I never publicly admitted this before, but... for a period of time, I was a cutter. I cut because I was in pain, because I felt alone and because I didn't think anyone cared.

Having a book like SPEAK could have been tremendously helpful to me, because the message in there goes beyond speaking out against rape--this book is for anyone who has ever felt alone, anyone who has ever been depressed, anyone who has ever been assaulted, or any other horror and felt that they had no voice. If someone is lucky enough to never go through any of what I mentioned than at the very least they should be aware that you never know what another person is really going through. One of the most heart breaking moments for me in SPEAK is when Melinda is harassed by another student for breaking up the party--if the student had any idea what Melinda was going through I'm sure she would have reacted differently. This is a book for everyone.

Taking away SPEAK is one of the worst offenses I can think of. And the kind of ignorance spouted by the banner needs to have some light shed on it.

So what can we do?

Laurie has suggested ways to speak out on her blog and there's also a campaign on twitter to get SPEAK back on the New York Times Best Seller list--a place that this book really ought to live in forever.

I'm so proud of the way the YA community is banding together. I've never been so proud to be a part of this community. So here's what I want to do to help.

I feel SO passionately about this issue, about this book and about having SPEAK reach more readers that I am purchasing 10 copies of SPEAK.

And I'm giving them away. (Head over to Frankie Writes for the giveaway)

If you've never read SPEAK, comment below. Or even if you already own a copy-- if you know someone who hasn't read SPEAK and might benefit from it then comment, if your library doesn't currently carry SPEAK, comment below, if you'd like to give it a to a teacher, or a counselor or anyone who might get it into the right hands, comment below. If I get 10 comments, I'll give a copy to each commenter, if I get more, I'll draw randomly. Whatever happens, I'm determined to get those books into readers' hands.

There are no rules for this giveaway. But there's one thing you should do. Comment below and ALSO if you are on twitter and/or facebook you can add the SPEAK LOUDLY twibbon to your picture by clicking HERE! I have the twibbon on both profiles.



  1. I haven't yet read Speak, but after hearing all the great things about it in the blogging community, I really want to read it now.

  2. I haven't had the chance to read Speak too. In the past, I've read several wonderful reviews on it. I'd like to know and experience what Speak really is like through reading.

  3. I have not read this book, but I have seen reviews on it. I don´t think we should ban a book only by prejudice or ignorance of a few, can not possibly let these things happen.

    All my support to this cause (Facebook & twitter), I truly hope that the book is not censored. You have my full support. We can’t keep silent, we must SPEAK Loudly.

  4. I haven't read this book. I've been wanting to and with all this stuff going on it makes me want to read it more. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Speak is one of my favorite books, and i can't believe that scroggins guy.. great post. you're so right, book banning is ridiuculous!

  6. I am a strict parent when it comes to what I let my daughter read, and yet I wanted her to read this book. I wanted her to know what can, does happen, and I wanted her to know that she can say something about it.

    Have I read the entire book? No. I've read parts of it. (I've watched the movie, but I know that isn't the same.) And I've read what the "issues" are. Do I necessarily like my daughter reading some of it? No. But I would much rather her know what can happen, and how EASILY it can happen, before she gets herself stuck in a situation where it CAN happen.

    Good for you for giving this book out. I cannot tell you how proud I am of everyone for coming together about this.


  7. I haven't read Speak. I've read Wintergirls, and have heard that Speak is heaps better, so I'd love to get the chance to read it! I'm currently waiting to win it from Reading Teen, but the more chances the better!

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

  8. I haven't read Speak. But I have heard great things about it. I would love to win this book if this is International. Thank you!

  9. Speak is fantastic! I read it when I was very young and that was a very good thing.

    I'd love to enter this contest if it is international. Thanks.


  10. I actually love anything written by Laurie. She has such a powerful voice and I think we need more writers just like her.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this fantastic book.

  11. SPEAK is one of the best books I've ever read. Without question.

    And I already own a copy, so I'm not entering. We continue to sell hundreds of copies of SPEAK in the bookstore, so YAY for Speaking out about Speak!

    And hooray for you, for speaking out against book banning. The bookstore currently has a display of banned books. Can you believe Sylvester and The Magic Pebble is on that list too? Ridiculous.

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  13. I haven't read this book yet - but I will. Soon, hopefully. I've read so many awesome reviews, opinions, and people who just love this book to death... It just gets me curious!

  14. This is one that my son (a middle schooler) and I both want to read.

  15. I have read this book and I believe it helps shed light on a serious issue


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