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Novels by Laurie Halse Anderson Speak Fever 1793 Catalyst Prom  SPEAK LAURIE HALSE A N D E R S O N
Novels by Laurie Halse Anderson Speak Fever 1793 Catalyst Prom  SPEAK LAURIE HALSE A N D E R S O N
T  FIRST  MARKING  PERIOD
T  FIRST  MARKING  PERIOD
W E L C O M E TO M E R R YWEATHER HIGH It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, ...
W E L C O M E TO M E R R YWEATHER HIGH It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, ...
High   Home of the Trojans  didn t send a strong abstinence  ex-best friend. She stares at something above my left ear.  m...
High   Home of the Trojans  didn t send a strong abstinence  ex-best friend. She stares at something above my left ear.  m...
4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds.  history for the ninth time in nine years. Another review  5. Our football tea...
4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds.  history for the ninth time in nine years. Another review  5. Our football tea...
The hot lunch is turkey with reconstituted dried mashed pota-  the one hundred in under ten seconds, unless they re willin...
The hot lunch is turkey with reconstituted dried mashed pota-  the one hundred in under ten seconds, unless they re willin...
south-facing windows. The sun doesn t shine much in Syr-  I sneak a peek behind me. The eyebrow telegraph is flashing  acu...
south-facing windows. The sun doesn t shine much in Syr-  I sneak a peek behind me. The eyebrow telegraph is flashing  acu...
with a wet-muzzled dog chewing Alaska   the opportunities are endless. It s almost too much, but you are important enough ...
with a wet-muzzled dog chewing Alaska   the opportunities are endless. It s almost too much, but you are important enough ...
tence. When the bell rings, we have gotten as far as  To ex-  a million years.  M o m loves doing the things that other pe...
tence. When the bell rings, we have gotten as far as  To ex-  a million years.  M o m loves doing the things that other pe...
stolen from everyone else. The only things that were really  in my face. Could I put a face in my tree, like a dryad from ...
stolen from everyone else. The only things that were really  in my face. Could I put a face in my tree, like a dryad from ...
Errant Student races down hall, waving and smiling. Principal  when it feels like snow. W h o dreamed up this one  Nicole ...
Errant Student races down hall, waving and smiling. Principal  when it feels like snow. W h o dreamed up this one  Nicole ...
is just not a bitch. It would be so much easier to hate her if  Rachelle   Eehn.  She gets mascara in her eye and rubs it,...
is just not a bitch. It would be so much easier to hate her if  Rachelle   Eehn.  She gets mascara in her eye and rubs it,...
room. Neither one of them has toilet paper stuck to her boots.  first. You can hardly tell it s a basement. It s covered i...
room. Neither one of them has toilet paper stuck to her boots.  first. You can hardly tell it s a basement. It s covered i...
Purple ball of fluff off the coffee table.  We must make  going to be late, just ask a teacher for a late pass. See  No  p...
Purple ball of fluff off the coffee table.  We must make  going to be late, just ask a teacher for a late pass. See  No  p...
roaches crocheted together with cobwebs. The taps are so  the freshman class has the most spirit, don t you  I ve always  ...
roaches crocheted together with cobwebs. The taps are so  the freshman class has the most spirit, don t you  I ve always  ...
A block of ice freezes our section of the bleachers. Heads snap  out of people are now rewarded for it. They call it footb...
A block of ice freezes our section of the bleachers. Heads snap  out of people are now rewarded for it. They call it footb...
operate in two realities simultaneously. In one universe, they  paint them so they are nearly dead, but not totally. Mr. F...
operate in two realities simultaneously. In one universe, they  paint them so they are nearly dead, but not totally. Mr. F...
I stay awake. I take out a page of notebook paper and a pen  prints on them. Her bookcase has glass doors. She has a tele-...
I stay awake. I take out a page of notebook paper and a pen  prints on them. Her bookcase has glass doors. She has a tele-...
M e    We are nobody.   sleeve.   L o o k at you. You re just like my mom. She says  No use crying, just get on with your ...
M e    We are nobody.   sleeve.   L o o k at you. You re just like my mom. She says  No use crying, just get on with your ...
grades up or your name is mud. Hear me  Get them up    At-  to use real microscopes, not plastic Kmart specials. It s not ...
grades up or your name is mud. Hear me  Get them up    At-  to use real microscopes, not plastic Kmart specials. It s not ...
I sit in the back row, where I can keep my eye on everyone, as  Mr. Stetman    W h o wants to help Melinda understand how ...
I sit in the back row, where I can keep my eye on everyone, as  Mr. Stetman    W h o wants to help Melinda understand how ...
I look out my window. A group of little creatures is coming up  This year Rachelle is going to a party thrown by one of th...
I look out my window. A group of little creatures is coming up  This year Rachelle is going to a party thrown by one of th...
They call me Me-no-linda for the rest of the period. This is  Meg  n  Emily  n  Siobhan, understand irony. They like rules...
They call me Me-no-linda for the rest of the period. This is  Meg  n  Emily  n  Siobhan, understand irony. They like rules...
I m supposed to make a centerpiece out of waxed maple  handiwork is inspected. Meg picks up the centerpiece and ex-  leave...
I m supposed to make a centerpiece out of waxed maple  handiwork is inspected. Meg picks up the centerpiece and ex-  leave...
IT sees me. IT smiles and winks. Good thing my lips are stitched together or I d throw up.  MY REPORT CARD   SECOND Plays ...
IT sees me. IT smiles and winks. Good thing my lips are stitched together or I d throw up.  MY REPORT CARD   SECOND Plays ...
GO   FILL IN THE BLANK    The Ecology Club has won round two. We are no longer the Tigers because the name shows  shocking...
GO   FILL IN THE BLANK    The Ecology Club has won round two. We are no longer the Tigers because the name shows  shocking...
Student Council is holding an election before Winter Break.  or a teacher, I sputter or freeze. What is wrong with me  It ...
Student Council is holding an election before Winter Break.  or a teacher, I sputter or freeze. What is wrong with me  It ...
don t you do it with me  I ll study real hard in biology and go to S.U. and get my R . N . What a great plan    J O B DAY ...
don t you do it with me  I ll study real hard in biology and go to S.U. and get my R . N . What a great plan    J O B DAY ...
relax. This is like when my father complains about his boss.  ica. We ve been in this school district since I was in first...
relax. This is like when my father complains about his boss.  ica. We ve been in this school district since I was in first...
David Petrakis My Lab Partner has stood up. The class stops  David stares at Mr. Neck, looks at the flag for a minute,  ta...
David Petrakis My Lab Partner has stood up. The class stops  David stares at Mr. Neck, looks at the flag for a minute,  ta...
come downstairs Thanksgiving morning, she s still there. I  M o m hangs up and chases me out with instructions to take a  ...
come downstairs Thanksgiving morning, she s still there. I  M o m hangs up and chases me out with instructions to take a  ...
Dad strides across the back yard, wearing an oven mitt and  Bones are heaped on the cutting board. A pot of glue boils on ...
Dad strides across the back yard, wearing an oven mitt and  Bones are heaped on the cutting board. A pot of glue boils on ...
the effect of commercialism on this holiday. This is wonderful,  face. Mr. Freeman says yes to Ivy, too. She waggles her e...
the effect of commercialism on this holiday. This is wonderful,  face. Mr. Freeman says yes to Ivy, too. She waggles her e...
I nod in relief.  Mr. Freeman   This has meaning. Pain.    I see a girl caught in the remains of a holiday gone bad,  The ...
I nod in relief.  Mr. Freeman   This has meaning. Pain.    I see a girl caught in the remains of a holiday gone bad,  The ...
She takes off another point. They saw their apples, mutter,  white hand upward. An apple tree growing from an apple  mutte...
She takes off another point. They saw their apples, mutter,  white hand upward. An apple tree growing from an apple  mutte...
The tape will not be able to pick up the angry gleam in Mr. Neck s eyes, though. He glares at David the whole time he s sp...
The tape will not be able to pick up the angry gleam in Mr. Neck s eyes, though. He glares at David the whole time he s sp...
ber Cheerleader on the way to my bus. They wrinkle their  Merry Christmas.  brows as they struggle to rhyme  wombat.  Demo...
ber Cheerleader on the way to my bus. They wrinkle their  Merry Christmas.  brows as they struggle to rhyme  wombat.  Demo...
We sleep in till noon on Christmas. I give M o m a black sweater and Dad a CD with sixties hits. They give me a handful of...
We sleep in till noon on Christmas. I give M o m a black sweater and Dad a CD with sixties hits. They give me a handful of...
seal them up, and stick on mailing labels. He sits at his desk  twice, and put it through the net. M s. Connors tells me t...
seal them up, and stick on mailing labels. He sits at his desk  twice, and put it through the net. M s. Connors tells me t...
designated foul-shot shooter, maybe I d consider. The other  frown talk arms on hips, biceps flexing. The boys stare at  t...
designated foul-shot shooter, maybe I d consider. The other  frown talk arms on hips, biceps flexing. The boys stare at  t...
life to education. A color picture of the work-in-progress accompanied the article. Someone said a few school board member...
life to education. A color picture of the work-in-progress accompanied the article. Someone said a few school board member...
all. I don t come back to earth until Heather says,  I knew  delivered our victims on January 1 4 . Pickled frogs have a w...
all. I don t come back to earth until Heather says,  I knew  delivered our victims on January 1 4 . Pickled frogs have a w...
whole point of not talking about it, of silencing the memory,  should worry more about brain retention, the way she s diet...
whole point of not talking about it, of silencing the memory,  should worry more about brain retention, the way she s diet...
He comes to class each day with a new Real-Life Application.  Lost Homework Excuse Ever  in five hundred words. We had  It...
He comes to class each day with a new Real-Life Application.  Lost Homework Excuse Ever  in five hundred words. We had  It...
Heather has another modeling job. Tennis clothes, I think. She  I watch the Eruptions. Mount Dad, long dormant, now con-  ...
Heather has another modeling job. Tennis clothes, I think. She  I watch the Eruptions. Mount Dad, long dormant, now con-  ...
M o m sees the wrist at breakfast.  Siobhan    N o duh. But we found an entire bag of beets in the collection closet. They...
M o m sees the wrist at breakfast.  Siobhan    N o duh. But we found an entire bag of beets in the collection closet. They...
Siobhan pokes Emily and looks at the door.  He twirls my ponytail in his fingers. Emily s eyes narrow. I  Siobhan   It s h...
Siobhan pokes Emily and looks at the door.  He twirls my ponytail in his fingers. Emily s eyes narrow. I  Siobhan   It s h...
carve. I start a new linoleum block. My last tree looked like it had died from some fungal infection   not the effect I wa...
carve. I start a new linoleum block. My last tree looked like it had died from some fungal infection   not the effect I wa...
DEATH OF THE WOMBAT The Wombat is dead. No assembly, no vote. Principal Principal made an announcement this morning. He sa...
DEATH OF THE WOMBAT The Wombat is dead. No assembly, no vote. Principal Principal made an announcement this morning. He sa...
300-watt bulb when it s time to get up. Either that or a  won t notice me if I stand still. That s how rabbits survive   r...
300-watt bulb when it s time to get up. Either that or a  won t notice me if I stand still. That s how rabbits survive   r...
M T V video   not with the stupid costumes, but wearing that  I sit by the central elevator, where they set up Santa s Wor...
M T V video   not with the stupid costumes, but wearing that  I sit by the central elevator, where they set up Santa s Wor...
I wonder if Hester tried to say no. She s kind of quiet. We would get along. I can see us, living in the woods, her wearin...
I wonder if Hester tried to say no. She s kind of quiet. We would get along. I can see us, living in the woods, her wearin...
up. Does anyone really think this guy sat down and stuck all  classroom, then made a column for each week left of school. ...
up. Does anyone really think this guy sat down and stuck all  classroom, then made a column for each week left of school. ...
fusion. Tenure. The inside of a lock, the taste of iron. Despair.  Heather nibbles through her jicama and whole-grain roll...
fusion. Tenure. The inside of a lock, the taste of iron. Despair.  Heather nibbles through her jicama and whole-grain roll...
M e    I was the only person who talked to you on the first day  Me   For what    of school, and now you re blowing me off...
M e    I was the only person who talked to you on the first day  Me   For what    of school, and now you re blowing me off...
It s caught me by surprise. Valentine Day s was a big hairy  going to break lab equipment or faint again. Sometimes he  de...
It s caught me by surprise. Valentine Day s was a big hairy  going to break lab equipment or faint again. Sometimes he  de...
tissue harder on my thumb to concentrate. M s . Keen s baby  forgotten holiday has unveiled every knife that sticks inside...
tissue harder on my thumb to concentrate. M s . Keen s baby  forgotten holiday has unveiled every knife that sticks inside...
the baby due, is it my mother, a sister  If I wanted people to  beds and sleep. It is getting harder to sleep at home. How...
the baby due, is it my mother, a sister  If I wanted people to  beds and sleep. It is getting harder to sleep at home. How...
 Why won t you say anything    For the love of God, open  grades down the toilet. I golf with the school board president, ...
 Why won t you say anything    For the love of God, open  grades down the toilet. I golf with the school board president, ...
Father   I don t know where you picked up that slacker atti-  me to write an essay   so I took another day off school and ...
Father   I don t know where you picked up that slacker atti-  me to write an essay   so I took another day off school and ...
I am getting seriously weird in the head.  on, plucking a mandolin  Why not draw naked guys, just to be fair  Naked women ...
I am getting seriously weird in the head.  on, plucking a mandolin  Why not draw naked guys, just to be fair  Naked women ...
It seems like a good idea until I m standing at the bus stop in front of school as a blizzard rips through the county. The...
It seems like a good idea until I m standing at the bus stop in front of school as a blizzard rips through the county. The...
M e    I don t know anything. My trees suck.   storm sewer. I chew off a scab on my thumb. The Effert s sign  Mr. Freeman ...
M e    I don t know anything. My trees suck.   storm sewer. I chew off a scab on my thumb. The Effert s sign  Mr. Freeman ...
what a  beautiful  and  natural  and  miraculous  transfor-  over eighty percent of her body and they had to wash all  mat...
what a  beautiful  and  natural  and  miraculous  transfor-  over eighty percent of her body and they had to wash all  mat...
drink cranberry-apricot juice. Too bad I can t buy stock in the juice company   I am watching a trend in the making. Are  ...
drink cranberry-apricot juice. Too bad I can t buy stock in the juice company   I am watching a trend in the making. Are  ...
Hawthorne wanted snow to symbolize cold, that s what I  onds like it s New Year s Eve, then explode from the stands  think...
Hawthorne wanted snow to symbolize cold, that s what I  onds like it s New Year s Eve, then explode from the stands  think...
David doesn t bother to analyze my reluctance. If he were a girl, maybe he would have pleaded or whined more. Guys don t d...
David doesn t bother to analyze my reluctance. If he were a girl, maybe he would have pleaded or whined more. Guys don t d...
in a blue-jeans ad, thinthinthin, big lips, big earrings, white  He tilted my face up to his. He kissed me, man kiss,  smi...
in a blue-jeans ad, thinthinthin, big lips, big earrings, white  He tilted my face up to his. He kissed me, man kiss,  smi...
and zips his jeans and smiles.  MY REPORT CARD   The next thing I saw was the telephone. I stood in the middle  Social Lif...
and zips his jeans and smiles.  MY REPORT CARD   The next thing I saw was the telephone. I stood in the middle  Social Lif...
FOURTH  MARKING  PERIOD
FOURTH  MARKING  PERIOD
EXTERMINATORS The PTA has started a petition to get rid of the Hornet as our school mascot. It was the cheer that got to t...
EXTERMINATORS The PTA has started a petition to get rid of the Hornet as our school mascot. It was the cheer that got to t...
are tenacious, stinging, clever. We are a hive, a community of  I ve been going to most of my classes. Good girl, Mellie. ...
are tenacious, stinging, clever. We are a hive, a community of  I ve been going to most of my classes. Good girl, Mellie. ...
me   she s a tiger. She s crying about ice cream and she wipes her tears. Her tiger paint smears and her mom yells at her....
me   she s a tiger. She s crying about ice cream and she wipes her tears. Her tiger paint smears and her mom yells at her....
 How s the tree coming   she asks.  David draws a chart in his notebook. I snap my pencil point and walk to the front of t...
 How s the tree coming   she asks.  David draws a chart in his notebook. I snap my pencil point and walk to the front of t...
M s . Keen writes  Dominant Recessive  on the board. I look at  now she follows after him, panting like a bichon frise. 1 ...
M s . Keen writes  Dominant Recessive  on the board. I look at  now she follows after him, panting like a bichon frise. 1 ...
Andy Beast swoops over their heads, folds his wings, and sets  Greta-Ingrid.  My Swedish isn t good enough.  I could talk ...
Andy Beast swoops over their heads, folds his wings, and sets  Greta-Ingrid.  My Swedish isn t good enough.  I could talk ...
through a forest fire or a blight. I m getting better. Don t  more than I belong in the Marthas or in my little-girl pink ...
through a forest fire or a blight. I m getting better. Don t  more than I belong in the Marthas or in my little-girl pink ...
in-your-face ideas. They got arrested and thrown in jail, but nothing shut them up. They fought and fought until they earn...
in-your-face ideas. They got arrested and thrown in jail, but nothing shut them up. They fought and fought until they earn...
I m caught in a tornado. My toes curl inside my sneak-  planned out and timed their protests, too. Mr. Neck has other  ers...
I m caught in a tornado. My toes curl inside my sneak-  planned out and timed their protests, too. Mr. Neck has other  ers...
The boy with the lime-colored hair wakes up when he falls  David   But you got it wrong. The suffragettes were all about  ...
The boy with the lime-colored hair wakes up when he falls  David   But you got it wrong. The suffragettes were all about  ...
ing nightmares where you keep falling but never hit the floor. Only I feel like I just smacked into the ground at a hundre...
ing nightmares where you keep falling but never hit the floor. Only I feel like I just smacked into the ground at a hundre...
ripping my paper, scattering bits of chalk. Ivy walks through  enjoying TrashTV. You have to plan ahead for a mental-  the...
ripping my paper, scattering bits of chalk. Ivy walks through  enjoying TrashTV. You have to plan ahead for a mental-  the...
Jerry   Was it love  No. Was it lust  No. Was it tenderness, sweetness, the First Time they talk about in magazines  No, n...
Jerry   Was it love  No. Was it lust  No. Was it tenderness, sweetness, the First Time they talk about in magazines  No, n...
unearth a rake from the back of the garage. I start on the  Me   leaves suffocating the bushes. I bet Dad hasn t cleaned t...
unearth a rake from the back of the garage. I start on the  Me   leaves suffocating the bushes. I bet Dad hasn t cleaned t...
thing. Look what I started. I shouldn t have tried something  too much. Tennis is more civilized. Only two people have to ...
thing. Look what I started. I shouldn t have tried something  too much. Tennis is more civilized. Only two people have to ...
stake, her womynhood. She is not about to be beat by some weirdo hushquiet delinquent who used to be her friend. M s . Con...
stake, her womynhood. She is not about to be beat by some weirdo hushquiet delinquent who used to be her friend. M s . Con...
ing agency calling your house any day now. Snub Todd and you ll look like a trailer-park refugee having a bad hair day. If...
ing agency calling your house any day now. Snub Todd and you ll look like a trailer-park refugee having a bad hair day. If...
I think Principal Principal should have his office in the  She rinses the soap from the shirt.  He has such a reputation. ...
I think Principal Principal should have his office in the  She rinses the soap from the shirt.  He has such a reputation. ...
I swing open the door with a flourish.  Ta-da   I point to my  maladjusted daughter  I pry Heather out of Mom s claws and ...
I swing open the door with a flourish.  Ta-da   I point to my  maladjusted daughter  I pry Heather out of Mom s claws and ...
She completely ignores the fact that I was never in, and that  Me   she dumped me, banished me from even the shadows of Ma...
She completely ignores the fact that I was never in, and that  Me   she dumped me, banished me from even the shadows of Ma...
M e    I have plans. The tree guy is coming to work on the oak  Me   Homework    out front, I have to dig in my garden, an...
M e    I have plans. The tree guy is coming to work on the oak  Me   Homework    out front, I have to dig in my garden, an...
No, I guess not. It was a long time ago. She stops and drawl  Give me a break.  a spiraling circle. I stand on the edge an...
No, I guess not. It was a long time ago. She stops and drawl  Give me a break.  a spiraling circle. I stand on the edge an...
Does  your mom  know   through the conversation with Rachel   that was my mistake. It was like smelling the perfect Christ...
Does  your mom  know   through the conversation with Rachel   that was my mistake. It was like smelling the perfect Christ...
What s the name of that drug they give perverts so they can t  off  at the end of a thick rope. He sets to work pruning th...
What s the name of that drug they give perverts so they can t  off  at the end of a thick rope. He sets to work pruning th...
As long as I m moving fast enough, the front wheel holds  quiet Melindagirl I haven t seen in months. That is the seed I  ...
As long as I m moving fast enough, the front wheel holds  quiet Melindagirl I haven t seen in months. That is the seed I  ...
Up  and  down,  across  and  diagonal,  I pedal  my  sore  legs through the streets of a suburb mostly sleeping. Some  The...
Up  and  down,  across  and  diagonal,  I pedal  my  sore  legs through the streets of a suburb mostly sleeping. Some  The...
don t want to hang out in my little hidy-hole anymore. I look behind me, half expecting to see a sniggering back-row guy w...
don t want to hang out in my little hidy-hole anymore. I look behind me, half expecting to see a sniggering back-row guy w...
 You are one strange bitch, know that  A freak. I can t believe  bowl   I throw it at him, it bounces to the floor. My  an...
 You are one strange bitch, know that  A freak. I can t believe  bowl   I throw it at him, it bounces to the floor. My  an...
shade of sunrise. Tires squeal out of the parking lot, another sober student farewell. I m staring summer school in the fa...
shade of sunrise. Tires squeal out of the parking lot, another sober student farewell. I m staring summer school in the fa...
IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding. Andy Evans raped m...
IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding. Andy Evans raped m...