The main character in this book is Melody Brooks. She has been living in a wheel chair her whole life, and not being able to do anything but shriek, and move her thumbs. She has an amazing memory and is extremely smart, but because of her outer appearance nobody knows that about her. She is forced to stay quiet, like the time her goldfish Ollie jumped out his fishbowl. She has been very frustrated with her life. Her special education class was added to the normal class. She got bullied by people like Molly and Claire calling her a liar and idiot, and even teachers like Mr.dimming thinks she can't learn like the other kids. Her life changed when she had her friend Rose , and had a machine to help her talk for the first time in her life, this was really important to her because she finally had a voice of her own.