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Possessing a photographic memory in spite of an inability to walk or speak, Melody is mistaken as mentally challenged by those who cannot see beyond her cerebral palsy, impelling her to discover a way to communicate.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published on May 1, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416971718
ISBN-13: 9781416971719
489 Book Reviews
  • thesmessywriter
    thesmessywriterTuesday, February 9, 2021 at 8:25 pm55 stars
    i have never read this book but really want to. i have hearing loss and since as long as i can rememeber i have been treated kinda diffrent. i use to have really brightly colored hearing aids (i was able to fix that) and it made me feel so diffrent. i also had speech tharapy but i gradulated this year! even though i still have a hard time with this i have a friend who's going through the same thing ( and we meet on actident! ) and she really helped me. so i cant wait to read this book!
    • bsc
      bscTuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:36 am55 stars
      Melody is smart and has a photographic mind. She should be advancing in her classes, right? Well, Melody has something called cerebral palsy, which makes it hard to talk and control her body parts. Her teachers, parents, and classmates all think she's a girl who doesn't know much and constantly needs help. But what they don't know is that Melody IS smart. Now when a Smarts Competition comes to her school, Melody needs to get a spot in the team. Overcoming fears, taking a new step, and seeing things from a different point of view- Sharon Draper makes you root for Melody and cry at the same time. I highly recommend with 5 stars! Happy reading!
      • wishing_well77
        wishing_well77Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 4:00 pm55 stars
        Sadness, happiness, ups/downs, inspiration, motivation, all equal up to MELODY. (Main character) Melody is a 10 year old who is in 5th grade. She was born with cerebral palsy which means that she can't control certain body parts. Though she was diagnosed with this for her whole entire life, she is extremely smart. Photographic memories and a desirable thirst for knowledge and more, smart. Throughout 5th grade, she has been going crazy because of what she cannot do, and when a Nation Wide "Smarts Competition" (Sorry I forgot the name) has come into action, Melody decides to take a step to the next level, and to make the team. Every afternoon after school, she has been going to the lady next door's house, Mrs. Valencia's house. When the Geography Bee came, she decided to learn more and more and more each and every day. Maybe it's through random questions, or maybe it's from help from other people, but she makes the team, with a 100% on the determining test. Will Melody become the star of the team, or will Melody get made fun of and mess everyone up?
        • hellomynameis36
          hellomynameis36Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2:28 pm55 stars
          I can really relate to this book. I have autism, and my teacher treats me like how Melody’s teacher treats her. When I tell her that the work is too easy, she just s-l-o-w-l-y reads the directions again. I don’t have many friends because my teacher gave me an aid who follows me everywhere in school and repeats every that people say to me in a super quiet and slow voice, reads everything allowed to me, and makes me get everything first. This book made me both sad and happy when I read it. I recommend this book a lot.
          • crazber
            crazberSunday, February 7, 2021 at 1:48 pm55 stars
            This book is sooo good. I never knew what it would be like, never to be able to speak. That would be really scary. Melody is a really good character. This book is about overcoming your differences and facing your fears. I think it’s a really good level, too.
            • menaz_ace
              menaz_aceFriday, February 5, 2021 at 12:25 pm55 stars
              I loved this book it was very moving and inspiring
              • artsysunflower3
                artsysunflower3Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:33 am55 stars
                SO AMAZING. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOD
                • chloele
                  chloeleThursday, November 26, 2020 at 7:45 pm55 stars
                  Never did I thought how it would feel to have every single thought locked inside my head. How horrible it would be!? An eternal prison! This book was very heartwarming and encouraged me to write a whole essay based off of this book. I began to see the world with different windows.
                  • night21
                    night21Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 11:46 pm55 stars
                    This is one of my favorites! Melody is an amazing and relatable character, even if you don't have cerebral palsy. Melody struggles to communicate and finds a way to, but Sharon draper shows that not everything is sunshine and rainbows after that........great read, would definitely recommend this to anyone!
                    • raindrop07
                      raindrop07Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:08 am55 stars
                      This is a beautiful story of courage, embracing differences, conquering obstacles and standing up for yourself! I really enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely reccomend it :)