Speak

From Gina Scaglione
Title:  Speak
Author:  Laurie Halse Anderson
What an AMAZING book. Every single preteen and teen should be required to read this book. It is not always an easy read, as the content can be difficult and upsetting at times. But it is a must read.

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

From Elaine Conner
author: Ali, nujood
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
This story is told in the voice of the heroine, Nujood, simply and clearly.  Nujood is a young girl from Yemen who is married off at the age of ten to a man three times her age,even though it is illegal to marry off a child before the age of 15. Despite the promise to abstain until she reached puberty, the husband continually raped and abused her before she reached puberty.   She does the unheard of in her society.She defies family, husband and culture  to  find her way to the court house to demand to see a judge  in order to seek  a divorce  from the cruel rape and beatings she was subjected to. She is fortunate to find compassionate judge and dedicated lawyer who champion her case andthe future for other young girls in Yemen and other places in the world where her story has made her an international hero.

A Secret Rage

From Robin McCracken
author: Harris, Charlaine
A Secret Rage
In ‘A Secret Rage’, this story brought together a tight friendship between old friends after a vicious attack on each one was shared.
Growing up in a small town in Tennessee, and then venturing to NYC to become a model, Nikki Callahan returns to college and bonds with her best friend, but when she becomes a victim to rape along with others in her home town, she takes revenge.  If you like Charlaine Harris’s writing, you’ll enjoy ‘A Secret Rage’.