by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak Chapter 11 Summary
- Melinda doesn't know study hall is in the library today, because yesterday Hairwoman took her out of study hall to do a make-up assignment in her classroom.
- When Melinda gets to the library, study hall is over. She tries to tell the librarian what happened, but she can't find the words.
- The librarian tells her not to worry. She has a pad of late passes, and she gives one to Melinda.
- Melinda feels better and checks out some books that she might even read.
- At lunchtime, Mr. Neck is following Melinda around trying to get some homework from her. She escapes him by going into "the Senior's Wing" (11.4). She's never been here before.
- Mr. Neck is hot on her trail, but she ducks into what she thinks is a classroom. Luckily, it isn't a classroom, but a janitor's closet, one which doesn't seem to be in use anymore. The closet has shelves, a chair, a desk, and a mirror.
- This abandoned, out-of-the-way closet is just what Melinda needs.
- She snags a pad of Hairwoman's late passes and her mood improves.
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