It’s not easy being the handicapped kid at school – the one that comes in a motorized wheelchair, that spends her days in the “special ed” room, that needs help to eat lunch. Melody has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak, so people assume she is mentally retarded. But Melody, at the age of ten, is actually brilliant. Unfortunately, thoughts and words are locked inside her mind with no way out.
Life takes a dramatic turn for the better when she starts spending time in a normal 5th grade classroom, and when her school aide finds a specialized computer online that will speak aloud for Melody.
I absolutely loved this story! While it shows the daily difficulties of handicapped children and their families, it also describes how loving parents, a neighbor that really cares, and a dedicated school aide can make a difference. This is a great book to read aloud to kids ages ten or older, to help them develop compassion and understanding for those around them who are struggling with disabilities.