People are SPEAKING LOUDLY in the YA Lit world. Check out what’s going on re: author Laurie Halse Anderson’s award-winning novel, Speak, and how authors, editors, academics, etc., are responding:

Dr. Phil Nel writes,

Wesley Scroggins, Associate Professor of Management at Missouri State University, thinks that Laurie Halse Anderson‘s Speak(1999) is “soft pornography.”  Having read and taught Speak many times, I suspect that Mr. Scroggins either lacks some basic literary skills (such as how to detect tone) or is in need of psychological counseling. As an English professor, I’m not qualified to help with the latter, but I can help him with the former.  So, Dr. Scroggins, I’m dedicating this blog post to you.

Read Phil’s entire post here: