Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.
After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.
Release Date: January 20, 2004
Release Time: 92 minutes
Kristen Stewart as Melinda Sordino
Michael Angarano as David Petrakis
Robert John Burke as Mr. Neck
Hallee Hirsh as Rachel Bruin
Eric Lively as Andy Evans
Elizabeth Perkins as Joyce Sordino
D. B. Sweeney as Jack Sordino
Steve Zahn as Mr. Freeman
Allison Siko as Heather Billings
Laurie Halse Anderson is the author and plays cafeteria lady
Leslie Lyles as Hairwoman
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Laurie was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature…”. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes.