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By Mary Elizabeth. A virtual owner’s manual for the voice and how-to guide for spoken communication, this instructive book combines essential information with exercises, prescriptive hints, checklists, selections for practice, and mistakes to avoid. Chapters 1–3 cover voice production and language, the art of conversation, and reading aloud from a text. Chapter 4 teaches how to compose a speech as an oral (not written) process, and the last chapter deals with practicing and performing prepared material. Grades 7–12. Index. Appendixes. Illustrated. Barron’s. 290 pages. Second Edition. ©2012.