Study Guide

Speak Characters

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda Sordino

Melinda is the young star of Speak. Since she's also the narrator, everything we learn about the...

Rachel Bruin

Rachel and Melinda have been best friends since grade school at least. She's important to the...

Heather

Heather is from Ohio and is the new kid in town. She's extremely driven; so driven, in fact, that...

Mr. Freeman

Welcome to art class. Turn on your music, break out your favorite snacks, and start creating...

Mom and Dad (Melinda's Parents)

Melinda's mom is the hardworking manager of Effert's, a downtown clothing store. She's a...

Andy Evans

Andy is a chilling villain. He's a high school senior who seems to have a long history of...

David Petrakis

David is a brainiac and one of the few people who treats Melinda decently. He's in Melinda's...

Ivy

Ivy used to be a Plain Jane along with Melinda, Nicole, and Rachel. Ivy wasn't at the party where...

Nicole

Nicole is an ex-Plain Jane, one of Melinda's former friends. She's a talented athlete, and...

The Marthas

The official Marthas are Meg Harcutt, Emily Briggs, and Siobhan Falls. They consider themselves...

Ms. Connors

Ms. Connors is the girls' gym coach. She quickly recognizes Melinda as a talented athlete and...

Hairwoman

Hairwoman is Melinda's English teacher, so named for the crazy hairdo that covers her face....

Ms. Keen

Ms. Keen is Melinda's biology teacher. She seems all business, but Melinda learns things in...

Mr. Neck

Mr. Neck is Melinda's social studies teacher. He's portrayed as a silly man who abuses his...

Principal Principal

Principal Principal loves harassing kids and is clueless about how to actually reach out and help...

The Guidance Counselor

It would have been nice if at least the guidance counselor had a clue about what Melinda's...