I have finished the most amazing book! I checked it out from our local library after seeing it on the shelf at the school library while volunteering. They cover caught my eye. The librarian there told me what a great book it is, and I've looked forward to reading it. She was right, it is wonderful. I think all teachers should have to read this book. It is such a touching story and very eye opening to me.
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper is the story of Melody, an 11 year old girl who is extremely smart. She has never spoken a word though. She has cerebral palsy and is in a wheel chair. Everyone...teachers, doctors, and classmates.... assumes she is not capable of doing anything. She has a few people who believe in her though and a couple of good teachers who see her potential. All Melody wants is to be normal and do things like the other kids she sees at school instead of being stuck in the "special" classroom all day.
This is such a touching story, and one I will always remember. (I was nearly crying at the end, and I don't cry over books!) There are so many lessons that can be learned from Melody's story, both by young people and adults. I highly recommend this book to you. The AR level for the book is 4.3.