“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliography: Written by Sharon M. Draper, Atheneum Books, New York, 2012, 295 pgs.
Reading Level: 700L
Synopsis: A fifth grader girl named Melody has cerebral palsy is unable to speak despite having so much to say. After being misunderstood for so long, she proves her intellectual ability with a computer that can speak the words she types and her perfect score on the quiz for the school Whiz Kid team. Despite helping the team win the regional championship, she continues to face discrimination from other students.
Classroom Rationale: This book would be appropriate to help students learn about children with disabilities and to have compassion for them. Students can read sections of text and make inferences about Melody’s feelings and the message that the author is trying to portray. Students can articulate what they would do if they were Melody or if they were other student characters in the story and give reasons for those actions.
Common Core: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text (RL 4.1). Describe a character in a story (Melody) using details from the book (RL 4.3).