I received this book at no cost from the publisherOut of My Heart by Sharon M. Draper
Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books on November 9, 2021
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About The Book:
Title: OUT OF MY HEART (Out of My Mind #2)
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Pub. Date: November 9, 2021
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Melody faces her fears to follow her passion in this stunning sequel to the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling middle grade novel Out of My Mind.
Melody, the huge-hearted heroine of Out of My Mind, is a year older, and a year braver. And now with her Medi-talker, she feels nothing’s out of her reach, not even summer camp. There have to be camps for differently-abled kids like her, and she’s going 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!
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.
“A deeply satisfying and worthy continuation of a beloved story.” (Kirkus Reviews, STARRED September 15, 2021)
“Melody Brooks, a smart, determined 12-year-old diagnosed with cerebral palsy, returns in this sequel to 2010’s Out of My Mind. Longing for independence from her family and daily routines, she persuades her parents to let her attend Camp Green Glades, a summer camp for kids with disabilities in her home state of Ohio. With the help of her Jamaican American counselor Trinity and three cabinmates, Melody navigates new experiences—including zip-lining, horseback riding, and a first crush. 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… 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 *STARRED REVIEW* October 11, 2021)
Melody can’t speak and requires a wheelchair to move around because she has cerebral palsy. That doesn’t mean her mind is disabled but other people might think that. She decides that in order to face her fears now that she can “speak” with the help of a computer device called a MediTalker and finds that she has grown after her last school year. After finding a summer camp that will accept her, she applies and gets in after being wait-listed. The story takes us on her journey as she gains courage plus encouragement from the camp counselors.
She actually rides a horse, goes on a zip line, and tries different foods – all things that normal kids want to experience. You may find that Melody is braver than any 12 year old and some adults. The story is very heartwarming and shows kids that even though others may look and act differently, they all have similar wants and needs. Melody learns to trust those outside her family and make some lifelong friends. I really enjoyed this and Out of my Mind.
About Sharon M. Draper:
Sharon M. Draper is a three-time New York Times bestselling author and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her novel Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years, and Blended has also been a New York Times bestseller. She taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. She now lives in Florida. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.
2 winners will win a finished copy of OUT OF MY HEART, US Only.
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