Bound To Stay Bound

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 Shout : a poetry memoir
 Author: Anderson, Laurie Halse

 Publisher:  Viking (2019)

 Dewey: 811.6
 Classification: Autobiography
 Physical Description: 291 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 059013 ISBN: 9780670012107
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Anderson, Laurie Halse
 Rape victims -- Poetry
 Women authors -- Poetry

Price: $6.50

When she was thirteen years old, Anderson was a shy, bookish girl who was raped by a boy she trusted. She has since become known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed in the years since, she has written a poetry memoir that shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 7.50
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 501709

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/19)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/03/19)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/03/19)

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School Library Journal - 03/01/2019 Gr 8 Up—Novelist Anderson has terrified adults and earned nods of recognition from teenagers with her unflinching portrayals of sexual assault, eating disorders, and self-harm. With this searing memoir in verse, she revisits the trauma that sliced through her and her family: the father shattered by memories of serving in World War II, the mother worn down by picking up the pieces, and the rape that buried teenage Laurie in a deep depression and laid the roots for her novel Speak. Anderson's wordplay is sophisticated, disturbing imagery underscoring her pain—a girl without eyelids, a girl submerged in cement. She's as witheringly sarcastic as her protagonists, yet she possesses hard-won wisdom and a mixture of honesty and tenderness. It's as though Speak's Melinda made it through the fire, emerging as a warrior bent on combating rape culture. Though the rape devastated Anderson, she stresses that a lifetime of seemingly small injustices (entitled boys, flirtatious professors) also eroded her self-worth. Her rage on behalf of all those who have been wounded is palpable, yet she envisions a different world, where consent and respect are the norm. VERDICT More than a gifted writer, Anderson is an advocate for anyone who feels alienated. Her sensitive, incisive book is essential for all young people.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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