Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Out of My Heart by Sharon Draper

 Melody wants to go to summer camp just like her friends at school.  She has done her research, and she has found a camp that is close to home and affordable.  But, Melody has never been away from home even though she is in middle school.  Melody has cerebral palsy, and she must be pushed in a wheelchair and communicate with a machine.  

Melody wants to have some independence.  She believes it would be good for her and for her parents as well.  Her parents agree, and Melody gets a spot at the summer camp of her choice.  Now, that she all signed up and everything is ready to go, she is beginning to have second thoughts.  Can she really be away from her family?  Will she REALLY be able to do all of the things that they claim in the brochure?

Find out in Out of My Heart by Sharon Draper.

When I read Out of My Mind years ago, I was taken with Melody.  She was such a strong character, and I learned so much about what Melody was thinking.  Now, this goes into feelings and the desire for independence even in the face of fear.  Draper does a wonderful job of continuing Melody's story.  This is a MUST READ!

Below...listen to Sharon Draper read right from the first chapter.

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