Study Guide

Ms. Connors in Speak

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Ms. Connors

Ms. Connors is the girls' gym coach. She quickly recognizes Melinda as a talented athlete and tries to recruit her for all manner of sports. Melinda resists her inner-athlete at first, but starts giving over to it as the book ends. Do you think Melinda will find comfort and strength in sports the way she does in art? Why, or why not?