I logged onto my blogger account having been away for the weekend and saw tons of posts that read SPEAK LOUDLY. I was slightly confused having been out of the loop for the last two days. After I read the first posting I was in shock to say the least.

I first read Speak in eighth grade. Probably one of the worst years of my existence. The last year of junior high I was transfered to our rival school because of boundary changes. On the way to my new, horrible school I would drive past my old one. That just gives you a little hint at how absurd the educational boundaries were. I was treated terribly not only by students, but by teachers just the same. I would go through the day as a ghost getting pushed and shoved from place to place. Then one day in English I saw a book titled Speak sitting on the bookshelf. I picked it up and began to read it. I finished that night. For the first time in months I felt something, my emotions felt like they were trickling back into my body. For the longest time (and still true to this day) Melinda was my hero, she was brave and I knew I could survive like her. I wasn't a freak or alone, I was just in a bad situation. Speak taught me that no matter whatever you're going through or the surroundings you're in or the names people call you don't define you. And also not to be afraid to speak up and let people know what is happening. You need to help
yourself by letting others help you sometimes, and that's okay. Laurie Halse Anderson is an amazing and talented women. Speak was my happy place for the longest time. I have no idea where I would be if I didn't find Speak sitting on that shelf next to me in class. How dare this incompetent man try to take that away from someone. How dare he try to take it away from me.


This is an outrage. Speak is the most beautifully written story I have ever read. It saves lives and gives hope. This shouldn't be taken away from anyone.

Other challenged books by Scroggins included Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and Slaughter House V. Banning any book is "filthy and immoral".

Wesley Scroggins,
You do not speak for me. You do not decide what words I will read. You do not have the power to take away my hope or take away my voice. I SPEAK for ME.


Read Scroggins article
Read Laurie's response
Read Sarah Ockler's response

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  1. Thanks for the blog info. I’d like to subscribe to your RSS. :)

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