While I was in college, I worked for a summer at a camp for challenged children. Their challenges ranged from physical to emotional to psychological. They were utterly amazing people - all of them - and they taught me volumes about how to see people for exactly who they are, no more and certainly no less. But the person who taught me the most about this was not a camper, but a co-counselor. Mark couldn't walk, he was in a wheelchair. Mark could barely speak, his words were slow and garbled. Mark also couldn't feed himself, we co-counselors took turns helping him eat. Mark had cerebral palsy, just like Melody in Sharon M. Draper's Out of My Mind - and just like Melody, inside of the physical limitations of his body, was a clear and creative thinking mind. Just like Melody, Mark had an extraordinary spirit just waiting to burst out.
Out of My Mind begins with Melody's strong, smart ...
Recommended for ages 9-12
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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