Say It Out Loud

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Charlotte is a quiet girl. She has learned that if she stays quiet, no one can make fun of her stutter. But sometimes it’s not okay to be silent, and Charlotte learns this lesson in a very hard way. When Charlotte and her BFF Maggie are bullied on the bus, Maggie speaks up and Charlotte stays silent. She even stops sitting with Maggie so she can avoid the bullies. Charlotte’s parents sign her up for musical theatre, and while she never stutters when she sings, talking on stage is a different thing altogether. But just as she is starting to find her voice, the program is canceled. Charlotte needs to find her words to stand up for herself and the musical theatre program and, most of all, to repair her friendship with Maggie. Can she do it?

Allison Varnes has written a book that is powerful, important, and will absolutely hook readers. Themes around friendship and bullying are critical to middle-graders. The writing is beautiful, the voice of Charlotte is pitch-perfect, and the characters and story are very compelling. This is one of the best middle-grade books of the year. Do not miss this book.

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Author Allison Varnes
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 24-Aug-2021
ISBN 9781524771515 Buy this Book
Issue October 2021
Category Tweens