Melody has cerebral palsy and sits in a wheelchair. She needs to be fed and can’t hold a cut on her own. Melody can communicate with small gestures and pointing to words on her board, but in her entire eleven years, she has never spoken a word. Assuming she is also cognitively impaired, her fellow students and even her teacher aren’t very respectful. When Melody acquires a computer that helps her communicate, people begin to understand how smart she is, but that still doesn’t mean that everyone accepts her or treats her nicely.
Draper also wrote the amazing book, Copper Sun, the tale of a fifteen year old girl, captured by slavers in her village in Africa, sent by ship to America and sold as a slave. I highly recommend both titles. Excellent for a lit circle.