Melody, the huge-hearted heroine of Out of My Mind, is a year older, and a year braver. And now with her Medi-talker that allows her to speak, she feels nothing’s out of her reach, not even summer camp. There have to be camps for differently-abled kids like her, and Melody, who uses a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy, is determined to sleuth one out. A place where she can trek through a forest, fly on a zip line, and even ride on a horse! A place where maybe she really can finally make a real friend, make her own decisions, and even do things on her own — the dream!
Melody finds the perfect camp, but that still means challenges ahead. She's away from home for the first time, and missing the people she can count on to support her. But she finds a new ally in her kind but no-nonsense counselor Trinity, who helps her push herself out of the comfort zone. By the light of flickering campfires and the power of thunderstorms, through the terror of unexpected creatures in cabins and the first sparkle of a crush, Melody’s about to discover how brave and strong she really is.
Melody’s voice is as wryly funny as ever, and the supporting cast, which features kids and adults of various ethnicities and disabilities, treat her with respect and empathy. If the narrative sometimes lacks tension, Melody’s experience is presented compellingly — it’s impossible not to be charmed by the witty protagonist’s affirming, frequently ecstatic discovery of what it means to be part of a community that truly understands her." — Publishers Weekly
|10 - 13
|Sharon M. Draper
|Nov 9, 2021
|Caitlyn Dlouhy Books