Previous Next Mary Gaitskill: I am not aware of having read any of her work before. The story begins by misdirecting our attention: My son, Douglas, loves to play with toy guns.
Her world suddenly opens up when she gets a computer with a voice program that allows her to speak for the first time. Unfortunately, the rest of the school is not ready to accept Melody.
I was silently cheering for Melody while I read this book as I sat at my kitchen table. The conversations she has with her parents and caregivers about being different are gut-wrenching.
Melody knows exactly how she is perceived by other kids and adults, including teachers. This is more than a book about a girl with special needs.
It holds up a mirror for all of us to see how we react to people with disabilities that make us uncomfortable. I encourage everyone to read this.
Although she is unable to walk, talk, or feed or care for herself, she can read, think, and feel. A brilliant person is trapped inside her body, determined to make her mark in the world in spite of her physical limitations.
Draper knows of what she writes; her daughter, Wendy, has cerebral palsy, too. And although Melody is not Wendy, the authenticity of the story is obvious.
Uplifting and upsetting, this is a book that defies age categorization, an easy enough read for upper-elementary students yet also a story that will enlighten and resonate with teens and adults. She is a brilliant fifth grader trapped in an uncontrollable body. Her world is enhanced by insight and intellect, but gypped by physical limitations and misunderstandings.
She will never sing or dance, talk on the phone, or whisper secrets to her friends. In her court are family, good neighbors, and an attentive student teacher. Pitted against her is the "normal" world: She is mainly placed in the special-ed classroom where education means being babysat in a room with replayed cartoons and nursery tunes.
Her supportive family sets her up with a computer. She learns the strength of thumbs as she taps on a special keyboard that finally lets her "talk. Kids will benefit from being introduced to Melody and her gutsy, candid, and compelling story. It speaks volumes and reveals the quiet strength and fortitude it takes to overcome disabilities and the misconceptions that go with them.
But only in my head," she writes.
I am almost eleven years old. In often poetic language, Melody describes how early on she "began to recognize noises and smells and tastes. The whump and whoosh of the furnace coming alive each morning.
The tangy odor of heated dust as the house warmed up. One chapter discusses obstacles from the medical community. At age five, Mrs. Brooks takes Melody to a doctor who says that Melody is "severely brain-damaged and profoundly retarded. Talk," Melody answers, by repeatedly pointing at the word on her communication board.
V, then with phrases and, finally, with an electronic Medi-Talker. Melody takes charge of her own education and her means of communication. She thrives in her "inclusion classes" with the mainstream students academically, but is not accepted by them socially.
Even the most compassionate classmate can fall to peer pressure, as Melody learns on the brink of her greatest achievement on the Whiz Kids quiz team.Ashley Chubb, played by Colin Mace, is the father of established character Fatboy (Ricky Norwood).He is mentioned in the episode broadcast on 14 March when Fatboy says his parents have split up because Ashley has lost his job.
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Looking over the booklets, I find I can answer the literature/reading comprehension/writing questions at the speed of reading.