Charlotte Andrews is perfectly fine being quiet — in fact, she prefers it. When she doesn't speak, people can't make fun of her stutter. But when she witnesses bullying on the school bus and doesn't say anything, her silence comes between her and her best friend.
As if that wasn't bad enough, her parents signed her up for musical theater. Charlotte doesn't want to speak onstage, but at least she doesn't stutter when she sings. Then, just as she starts to find her voice, the arts program is cut. Charlotte can't stay silent anymore.
So she begins to write. Anonymous encouraging notes to her classmates. Letters to the school board to save the school musical. And an essay about the end of her best friendship — and her hope that she can still save it. Words could save Charlotte Andrews and everything she believes in... if she just believes in herself enough to speak up. This is an empowering look at finding your voice, facing your fears, and standing up for what's right, from the author of Property of the Rebel Librarian.
"In her author’s note, Varnes describes how she used her own experiences with stuttering to honestly show its impact on Charlotte’s self-worth. Readers will embrace Charlotte, with all her flaws, as she navigates self-doubt, owns up to her mistakes, and inspires those around her.... A heartfelt story about personal courage that shows it is never too late to express kindness and empathy." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Aug 24, 2021|
|Publisher||Random House Books for Young Readers|