Thank A Writer: Laurie Halse Anderson

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Dear Laurie Halse Anderson,

Your novel Speak was one of the first books I was required to read for my YA Lit class when I was in school to become a teacher, and I’ve been thankful for it ever since.

Since I was young, I’ve had a strong desire to help fight the effects of sexual abuse. Your story not only inspired me, but it gave me a way to offer hope to countless students.

Thank you for your courage in writing Speak, and your continued efforts to help survivors of sexual violence.

Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month? Laurie Halse Anderson has joined forces with the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network to raise money and help survivors. $10 helps one survivor through the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Macmillan, publisher of Speak, will match your donation dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000.