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Draper's book was awesome. Definitely different from all of her other books---getting into the mind of a girl with cerebral palsy is just the kind of book EVERYONE needs to read.
I really enjoyed Melody! She was feisty, she loved Mrs V (she got Melody). About Mr. Dimming, I really thought he was horrible, have WE as a people, not advanced enough to recognize that all students deserve a chance? I think he was deceitful and those other two girls, Claire and Molly, well they could be any teen today (even though they are in 5th grade), isn't that sad! It was heartbreaking when they all conspired--even Rose---to leave her behind, yes I know what they all said, but their actions spoke louder than words, and I was rooting for Melody when she confronted them and then whirled around in her chair and sped off when she gave it to them, you go Melody!
But I was tormented by the scene with her mother and the rain and Penny! It really showed that Melody was trapped in her body and only a few people listened to her---Mrs V, Catherine--- even her parents couldn't figure out when Melody was trying to tell them something.
I think this book should be read by all teens from 5th grade on up---it would be a great form of sensitivity training---just by reading a book!

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Comment by bj neary on June 30, 2010 at 9:15am
Bookbird, I will be touting this book in September to my students, but I was giving the rave reviews to teachers before they left for the summer!
Comment by M E Shenefiel on June 30, 2010 at 6:48am
I can't agree with you more! This is a fabulous book which should be required reading for anyone in education and should also be read by as many students as possible. I've recommended it to all of my teachers, and sent it to our special education director.

If you haven't read it yet, do it! You won't be disappointed!

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