Out of My Mind

by

Sharon Draper

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Melody Brooks Character Analysis

Melody is the narrator and protagonist. She is almost eleven years old and in the fifth grade at Spaulding Street Elementary School. She was born with cerebral palsy, which means that she cannot control her body very well and cannot speak at all. She is in a wheelchair and communicates with the world through a board with words on it, and later through a personal speaking computer. Melody is incredibly intelligent and loves language. One of her major frustrations is that she feels trapped in her body, unable to say all the things she is thinking. Although she begins the book in a special leaning community at her school, she’s eventually integrated into the general-education classes where she begins to make friends and joins the academic Whiz Kids team, demonstrating that even though she needs a machine to speak, she has a lot to contribute. She is thoughtful and empathetic, and her closest relationships are with adults: her neighbor Mrs. V, her aide Catherine, her parents Diane and Chuck, who love her and believe in her, and her younger sister Penny.

Melody Brooks Quotes in Out of My Mind

The Out of My Mind quotes below are all either spoken by Melody Brooks or refer to Melody Brooks. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Out of My Mind published in 2012.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes—each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my hands.
Deep within me, words pile up in huge drifts. Mountains of phrases and sentences and connected ideas. Clever expressions. Jokes. Love songs.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker)
Page Number: 1
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Chapter 2 Quotes

Sometimes people never even ask my name, like it’s not important or something. It is. My name is Melody.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker)
Page Number: 4
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Chapter 4 Quotes

I knew the words and melodies of hundreds of songs—a symphony exploding inside my head with no one to hear it but me. But he never asked me about music.
I knew all the colors and shapes and animals that children my age were supposed to know, plus lots more. In my head I could count to one thousand—forward and backward. I could identity hundreds of words on sight. But all that was stuck inside.
Dr. Hugely, even though he had been to college for like, a million years, would never be smart enough to see inside of me.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Dr. Hugely
Page Number: 21
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“But a person is so much more than the name of a diagnosis on a chart!”

Related Characters: Diane Brooks (speaker), Melody Brooks, Dr. Hugely
Page Number: 23
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Chapter 5 Quotes

There’s an alphabet strip at the top, so I can spell out words, and a row of numbers under that, so I can count or say how many or talk about time. But for the majority of my life, I’ve had the communication tools of a little kid on my board. It’s no wonder everybody thinks I’m retarded. I hate that word, by the way. Retarded.
I like all the kids in room H-5, and I understand their situations better than anybody, but there’s nobody else like me. It’s like I live in a cage with no door and no key. And I have no way to tell someone how to get me out.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker)
Related Symbols: Fish
Page Number: 37
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Chapter 6 Quotes

“Of course I’ll watch Melody,” she’d said with certainty.
“Well, Melody is, well, you know, really special,” Dad said hesitantly.
All kids are special,” Mrs. V had replied with authority. “But this one has hidden superpowers. I’d love to help her find them.”

Related Characters: Chuck Brooks (speaker), Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V) (speaker), Melody Brooks
Page Number: 41
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Finally, old Nimbus got his way, and the rain came down around me and Mrs. V. It rained so hard, I couldn’t see past the porch. The wind blew, and the wet coolness of the rain washed over us. It felt so good. A small leak on Mrs. V’s porch let a few drops of rain fall on my head. I laughed out loud.
Mrs. V gave me a funny look, then hopped up “You want to feel it all?” she asked.
I nodded my head. Yes, yes, yes.
She rolled me down the ramp Dad had built, both of us getting wetter every second. She stopped when we got to the grass, and we let the rain drench us. My hair, my clothes, my eyes, and arms and hands. Wet. Wet. Wet. It was awesome. The rain was warm, almost like bathwater. I laughed and laughed.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V)
Page Number: 49
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Chapter 7 Quotes

When I sleep, I dream. And in my dreams I can do anything. I get picked first on the playground for games. I can run so fast! I take gymnastics, and I never fall off the balance beam. I know how to square-dance, and I’m good at it. I call my friends on the phone, and we talk for hours. I whisper secrets. I sing.
When I wake up in the morning, it’s always sort of a letdown as reality hits me. I have to be fed and dressed so I can spend another long day in the happy-face room at Spaulding Street School.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker)
Page Number: 51
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Ollie spent all day long swimming around that small bowl, ducking through the fake log, and then swimming around again. He always swam in the same direction. The only time he’d change his course was when Mom dropped a few grains of fish food into his bowl each morning and evening. I’d watch him gobble the food, then poop it out, then swim around and around once again. I felt sorry for him.
At least I got to go outside and to the store and to school. Ollie just swam in a circle all day. I wondered if fish ever slept. But any time I woke up in the middle of the night, Ollie was still swimming, his little mouth opening and closing like he was trying to say something.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Ollie
Related Symbols: Fish
Page Number: 62
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Chapter 9 Quotes

I once got one of those electronic dolls for Christmas. It was supposed to talk and cry and move its arms and legs if you pushed the right buttons. But when we opened the box, one of the arms had come off, and all the doll did, no matter which button you pushed, was squeak. Mom took it back to the store and got her money back.
I wonder if she ever wished she could get a refund for me.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Diane Brooks, Penny Brooks
Page Number: 76
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Chapter 11 Quotes

The kids in there were mostly fifth graders too. They’d probably be surprised to know that I knew all their names. I’ve watched them on the playground at lunch and at recess for years. My classmates sit under a tree and catch a breeze while they play kickball or tag, so I know who they are and how they work. I doubted if they knew any of us by name, though.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker)
Page Number: 93
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Chapter 13 Quotes

“Some people get braces on their teeth. Some get braces on their legs. For others, braces won’t work, so they need wheelchairs and walkers and such. You’re a lucky girl that you only had messed-up teeth. Remember that.”

Page Number: 120
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Chapter 15 Quotes

I can’t believe Dad is making a video of me saying my first words. It’s almost like when he filmed Penny’s first words—well, not really.
I type very carefully and push the button to make the machine speak.
“Hi, Dad. Hi, Mom. I am so happy.”
Mom gets all teary-eyed, and her nose gets red. She is looking at me all soft and gooey.
When I think about it, I realize I have never, ever said any words directly to my parents. So I push a couple of buttons, and the machine speaks the words I’ve never been able to say.

“I love you.”

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Diane Brooks, Chuck Brooks
Page Number: 138
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Chapter 16 Quotes

“I’m not trying to be mean—honest—but it just never occurred to me that Melody had thoughts in her head.”
A couple of other kids nod slightly.
Miss Gordon doesn’t raise her voice. Instead, she responds thoughtfully: “You’ve always been able to say whatever came to your mind, Claire. All of you. But Melody has been forced to be silent. She probably has mountains of stuff to say.”

Related Characters: Claire Wilson (speaker), Mrs. Gordon (speaker), Melody Brooks, Molly North
Page Number: 143
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Chapter 17 Quotes

I can answer questions in class lots better with Elvira to help me. For the first time, instead of “pretend” grades that teachers would give me because they weren’t quite sure if I knew the answer or not, I get real grades recorded in the teachers’ grade book that are based on actual answers I’ve given. Printed out and everything!
But at recess I still sit alone. It’s been too cold to go outside, so we sit in the far corner of the overheated cafeteria until it’s time to go back to class. None of the girls gossip with me about some silly thing a boy has said. Nobody promises to call me after school. Nobody asks me to come to a birthday party or a sleepover. Not even Rose.
Sure, she’ll stop and chat for a minute or two, but as soon as Janice or Paula calls her to come and look at a picture on a cell phone, Rose will say, “I’ll be right back!” then skip away as if she’s glad she has a reason to cut out on me.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Rose Spencer
Page Number: 145
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Catherine jumped out of her chair and stormed over to where Claire and Molly were sitting, her new black leather boots clicking sharply on the tiled classroom floor. “I did not help her! Did it ever occur to you that she might have some smarts of her own?”
“She can’t even sit up by herself!” Claire replied, her voice petulant.
“What your body looks like has nothing to do with how well your brain works! You ought to know that by looking in a mirror!”

Related Characters: Catherine (speaker), Claire Wilson (speaker), Melody Brooks
Page Number: 152
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Chapter 19 Quotes

We all have disabilities. What’s yours?

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Molly North, Claire Wilson
Page Number: 168
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Chapter 22 Quotes

I still couldn’t get over the fact that I was part of the team. Okay. Truth. There was the team, and there was me, and we were in the same room. But we weren’t quite a team. They appreciated the fact that I usually got the answers right, but…
When Mr. Dimming gave us multiple-choice questions to answer, I had to think for only a moment, then hit the correct letter on my machine. But lots of the preparation involved fast-and-furious, back-and-forth discussions, and I had trouble adding anything to what was being said—most of the time.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Mr. Dimming
Page Number: 192
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Chapter 26 Quotes

Hmmm, I thought. Claire gets sick in the middle of a crowded restaurant, yet I’m the one everybody looks at sideways.
They all had to wait for me and Mom. We took our time.
Push gently. Roll down. Bump. Top step.
Push gently. Roll down. Bump. Next step.
Push gently. Roll down. Bump. Third step.
Five bumps down to the bottom of the steps.
And I was still so hungry.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Diane Brooks, Claire Wilson
Page Number: 238
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Chapter 27 Quotes

The reaction at school today is just what I expected. Words float out of lips that say nice things to me, but eyes tell the truth. The eyes are cold, as if I had beat the reporter over the head and forced her to print that picture of me.
Even Rose acts distant. “Nice picture of you in the paper, Melody,” she says.
“Thanks, should have been all of us.”
“I think so too,” Rose replies.
I just sigh. I can’t do anything right. I don’t want to be all that—I just want to be like everybody else.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Rose Spencer
Page Number: 242
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Chapter 28 Quotes

Mr. Dimming said slowly, “The six members of the championship Spaulding Street Elementary School quiz team are…” He paused. I thought Connor was going to throw something at him. “Rose, Connor, Melody, Elena, Rodney, and Molly. Claire and Amanda will be our alternates.”
“I’m an alternate?” Claire gasped.
“Molly beat you by two points, Claire,” Mr. D explained. “But you still get to come with us and cheer us on and tour the city.”
“But it was me who helped her study! Claire said, outrage in her voice. “That is so not fair!”
I just shook my head and smiled a little. There is so much Claire doesn’t know about stuff not being fair.”

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Claire Wilson
Page Number: 249
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Chapter 30 Quotes

“Your team got beat in one of the late rounds in D.C. last night,” he told me. “They got ninth place—a little bitty trophy.”
But they weren’t my team anymore. I tried to pretend like I didn’t care.

Related Characters: Chuck Brooks (speaker), Melody Brooks
Page Number: 267
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Chapter 31 Quotes

I glanced out of her large picture window and I watched the wet branches sway. How could I say it? I looked back at my talker and typed very slowly, “I want to be like other kids.”
“So you want to be mean and fake and thoughtless?”
I looked up at her angry face, then looked away. “No. Normal.”
“Normal sucks!” she roared. “People love you because you’re Melody, not because of what you can or cannot do. Give us a little credit.”

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V)
Page Number: 281
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Chapter 32 Quotes

When we get to school, the air is chilly, so the aides take us directly to room H-5. As we get settled, I look at my friends there through different eyes.
Freddy, who wants to zoom to the moon.
Ashley, our fashion model.
Will, the baseball expert.
Maria, who has no enemies.
Gloria, the music lover.
Carl, our resident gourmet.
Jill, who might have once been like Penny.
Not one of them even knows how to be mean.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Ashley, Carl, Maria, Gloria, Willy Williams, Jill
Page Number: 286
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Chapter 33 Quotes

It’s like somebody gave me a puzzle, but I don’t have the box with the picture on it. So I don’t know what the final thing is supposed to look like. I’m not even sure if I have all the pieces. That’s probably not a good comparison, since I couldn’t put a puzzle together if I wanted to. Even though I usually know the answer to most of the questions at school, lots of stuff still puzzles me.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker)
Page Number: 293
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Melody Brooks Character Timeline in Out of My Mind

The timeline below shows where the character Melody Brooks appears in Out of My Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Melody begins her story with an ode to language, explaining that all her life she has... (full context)
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Even though she loves words, Melody feels like they are piling up inside her mind like snowdrifts, because —even though she... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Melody explains that she can’t walk or talk. She has cerebral palsy, which makes her body... (full context)
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Melody can remember being a baby, being bathed by her mother and watching her dad record... (full context)
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Melody especially loves the song “Elvira,” by the Oak Ridge Boys. The first time the song... (full context)
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Melody admits that her near-perfect memory is both a blessing and a curse. She remembers uncomfortable... (full context)
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Melody thinks back to when she first felt she was different. It didn’t happen all at... (full context)
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Melody’s dad did his best to make sure she experienced the world as much as she... (full context)
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Melody knows that she’s “ridiculously smart.” She has great hearing and a photographic memory. After watching... (full context)
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Having so much knowledge but being unable to express it is frustrating for Melody. Sometimes she has what she calls “tornado explosions,” or fits where he body gets tight... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Melody’s mother wants to enroll Melody in school, so she takes Melody to see a specialist,... (full context)
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Annoyed by Dr. Hugely’s questions, Melody puts on her “handicap face” and daydreams. Dr. Hugely finishes the evaluation without her help,... (full context)
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Melody understands the whole conversation, and she is frightened that her mother will send her away.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Melody explains what life is like at Spaulding Street Elementary School, where she is now in... (full context)
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Melody is in a special program called a “learning community,” with other students her age with... (full context)
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Some of the other children in Melody’s learning community like Sydney, but most of them are frustrated by the snowman. Melody introduces... (full context)
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Melody has a communication board, a Plexiglas tray that has words written on it that attaches... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Mrs. V is Melody’s next-door neighbor, and has essentially become a member of the family. When Melody was two,... (full context)
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On her parent’s workdays Melody would go to Mrs. V’s house, and when she got older she would go after... (full context)
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When she first enrolled in school, Melody realized that if she couldn’t talk, then she couldn’t participate. Even though she knew thousands... (full context)
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Melody likes that Mrs. V takes her outside no matter what the weather is. One hot... (full context)
Chapter 7
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In her dreams, Melody can do everything she can’t do when awake. She can walk and run, play, and... (full context)
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Back in the real world, Melody goes to elementary school and thinks back on all the classroom aides she has had... (full context)
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Keeping good teachers is hard, too, but in the second-grade Melody had Mrs. Tracy, who noticed Melody liked to read and gave her audiobooks to listen... (full context)
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Melody’s third grade teacher, Mrs. Billups, was not good. Either Mrs. Tracy didn’t communicate the students’... (full context)
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Eventually, Melody and the other students in H-5 became frustrated with Mrs. Billups treating them like they... (full context)
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When Melody’s mother arrived she asked Melody what was wrong. Melody pointed to the alphabet mounted on... (full context)
Chapter 8
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When Melody was five years old she got a goldfish named Ollie. Melody believed that Ollie’s life... (full context)
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When Melody was seven Ollie jumped out of his bowl. Melody screamed for her mother but she... (full context)
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On Melody’s eighth birthday, her parents gave her a golden retriever puppy. Melody named the dog Butterscotch... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Melody’s mom became pregnant when Melody was eight years old. Melody could tell her mother was... (full context)
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Melody’s mother was careful to stay healthy during the pregnancy. Melody worried about her new baby... (full context)
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Melody’s little sister, Penny, was born perfectly healthy. Sometimes her parents would fight, because two kids... (full context)
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Melody got an electronic doll for Christmas, but it was broken. It was supposed to talk... (full context)
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...and even talk. By the time she was one year old she could even walk. Melody’s dad followed her around taking videos of her progress. This made Melody jealous sometimes, watching... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Every day has a similar routine. In the morning, Melody’s mom and Penny come to wake Melody up, and then Melody’s mom takes her to... (full context)
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Melody and her mother can often communicate without words. Melody’s mother understands when Melody is hungry... (full context)
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On Saturday mornings, Melody’s mom relaxes with her daughters. Melody’s mom reads Melody the comics, which she loves, especially... (full context)
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Penny can already say a lot of words, but when Melody tries to talk she just makes noise. Her parents mostly understand what she’s saying, even... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Mrs. Shannon is Melody’s new fifth-grade teacher. She’s committed to making sure the students learn this year, and has... (full context)
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Melody’s first inclusion class is music with Mrs. Lovelace. Melody already knows the names of the... (full context)
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...Claire by making them stand for the rest of the class for being rude to Melody and the other students with disabilities. Mrs. Lovelace then plays a few songs. Gloria, Willy,... (full context)
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Melody returns to Mrs. Lovelace’s class every Wednesday. Rose continues to be her partner, which excites... (full context)
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More and more inclusion classes are added as the school year progresses. Although Melody reminds readers that “‘inclusion’ doesn’t mean I’m included in everything,” she’s still excited to sit... (full context)
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In October Melody’s parents meet with Mrs. Shannon for a conference. Mrs. Shannon makes it clear that she... (full context)
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Melody is now in a language-arts class, too. The teacher, Miss Gordon, is young and energetic.... (full context)
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Catherine makes it so Melody can take tests. During spelling tests Melody points to letters and Catherine writes them down.... (full context)
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Melody is now also able to take a history class. Although the teacher, Mr. Dimming, isn’t... (full context)
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In history class Melody works hard to memorize the presidents and vice presidents. She does well on the test,... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...because it’s a nice fall day outside. Later, inside, Penny scribbles in a coloring book. Melody wishes she could hold a crayon in her hand. She can visualize pictures in her... (full context)
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...is taking six people on a trip to the downtown aquarium. Altogether Mrs. V and Melody’s family are only five people, so Melody asks if Rose can come too. In the... (full context)
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On the day of the trip Melody wears a cute outfit, but Rose doesn’t notice it. Rose gets along with Melody’s whole... (full context)
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As they’re moving through the aquarium Melody and Rose run into Molly and Claire, who are on a trip with their Girl... (full context)
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The Monday after Thanksgiving break Rose brings a new laptop to school. Melody imagines what a laptop made for her could look like. It would have big keys... (full context)
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Later, in language arts class, Melody thinks about the biography project. She decides to investigate Stephen Hawking. She wants to know... (full context)
Chapter 15
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As Christmas approaches, Catherine and Melody research adapted computers and talking keyboards. Together they find one that allows people without voices... (full context)
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...Christmas the computer, called a Medi-Talker, arrives. Mrs. V wants to read the instructions, but Melody starts playing with it immediately. As Mrs. V helps her add words and phrases, and... (full context)
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Melody names her Medi-Talker Elvira, after her favorite song, and because it feels more personal to... (full context)
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Melody says her first words to her family this first afternoon with Elvira. She thanks Mrs.... (full context)
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Melody takes Elvira to school for the first time after winter break. For the first time... (full context)
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Some of the other students seem like they want to make fun of Melody and Elvira, but Connor, one of the popular kids, says he thinks it’s cool, which... (full context)
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...are impressed with the machine, Claire raises her hand to say she never considered that Melody had thoughts to share with the class. Miss Gordon explains that Melody had no choice... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Elvira helps makes Melody’s school day “almost pleasant.” She can chat with other students and answer questions in class.... (full context)
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...Mr. Dimming gives his history class a practice test for the Whiz Kids quiz team. Melody answers the questions on Elvira and prints out her answers. Mr. Dimming is surprised when... (full context)
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Catherine tries to comfort Melody, suggesting she study extra hard to get onto the Whiz Kids team. Melody doesn’t think... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Melody goes home upset at being underestimated once again. Catherine calls Mrs. V to explain what... (full context)
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The next day Melody studies for the Whiz Kids test with Catherine. Melody admits she’s nervous, but Catherine assures... (full context)
Chapter 19
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For the next week, everyone in Melody’s life helps her study for the Whiz Kids test. At school, Catherine helps her, and... (full context)
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Melody also makes time to add new sentences to her Medi-Talker. She has two automatic responses... (full context)
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The weather is warm the Saturday before Melody’s test. She goes outside with Mrs. V and looks at birds. Melody says she’d like... (full context)
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Melody knows that her mom, her dad, and Mrs. V all believe in her. But she... (full context)
Chapter 20
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On the day of the Whiz Kids tryout Melody has to stay late after school to take the test. Rose is surprised to see... (full context)
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Melody takes the test with the rest of the students, and because she has studied so... (full context)
Chapter 21
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On Tuesday, Mr. Dimming announces the new Whiz Kids team members. Melody is nervous, and initially disheartened when she isn’t announced as an alternate. But she wasn’t... (full context)
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Melody gets so excited that she loses control of her body, and has a tornado explosion... (full context)
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...after school to practice. Although all of the kids are in the room together, and Melody knows her teammates appreciate that she gets the answers right, she doesn’t feel like she’s... (full context)
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The day of the competition, Melody is nervous about answering questions correctly and about the reporters who might show up, but... (full context)
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After school, Melody’s mom drives her to the studio where the competition will be filmed. Catherine joins her... (full context)
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The rest of Melody’s team arrives and prepares to compete. Claire tells Molly, an alternate, that she deserves to... (full context)
Chapter 24
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The competition begins. Melody’s team competes first, and Melody, with her alternative answer board, is given a special introduction.... (full context)
Chapter 25
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The final round of the competition has the most difficult questions so far, but because Melody has studied so much, and because she listened to so much music with her mother,... (full context)
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Melody is so excited she loses control of her body. This embarrasses her teammates, especially Claire,... (full context)
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Melody and her team are arranged on the stage for a television interview with Channel Six... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...from the studio to a celebratory dinner. Rose and one of the alternates, Elena, encourage Melody to come, and Connor admits they couldn’t have won without her, although Molly disagrees. Melody... (full context)
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...for Claire, who is oddly quiet. When the food arrives everyone starts eating except for Melody, who needs her mother’s help. Melody is nervous, because although she eats out with her... (full context)
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...on the floor and on Mr. Dimming’s shoes. Some of the other children laugh, and Melody wonders if Claire felt as embarrassed throwing up as Melody did simply eating. She considers... (full context)
Chapter 27
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The day after the Whiz Kids competition Melody is on the front page of the local newspaper. The article is about the team,... (full context)
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Melody is disheartened, and when she gets back to H-5 she tells Catherine she feels like... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...weeks. Six kids, instead of four, are allowed on the team for the competition, and Melody makes it, as do Rose, Connor, Elena, Rodney, and Molly. Claire is upset that she’s... (full context)
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Melody has never been on a trip away from home before, so she is extra excited... (full context)
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The next morning, Melody, her mom, her dad, Mrs. V, and Penny drive to the airport and arrive at... (full context)
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Mrs. V, Melody’s mother, and her father try to figure out what happened. Mrs. V wonders if Mr.... (full context)
Chapter 29
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When she gets home, Melody goes straight to bed and cries into her pillow. Butterscotch tries to comfort her but... (full context)
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Mr. Dimming calls in the evening, and Melody’s mom answers. She’s angry, and asks why they weren’t called. Mr. Dimming apologizes, tells Melody’s... (full context)
Chapter 30
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The day after the national competition the weather is awful, rainy and windy, but Melody insists on going to school anyway. Her dad tells her that her team got ninth... (full context)
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Because of the rain, Melody uses her manual wheelchair and leaves her Medi-Talker at home. Because Melody’s dad hurt his... (full context)
Chapter 31
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An ambulance comes for Penny, and Melody’s mom and dad go with it. Mrs. V takes Melody out of the car and... (full context)
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Melody first worries that Penny will die, and then worries that Penny’s brain will get damaged... (full context)
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Melody wishes she were normal, even though Mrs. V says that Melody is special because she’s... (full context)
Chapter 32
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The weekend after the accident Melody’s mom spends nights at the hospital with Penny, and Mrs. V takes care of both... (full context)
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At school on Monday Melody feels ready for anything. After the trauma of her weekend, the quiz team hardly matters.... (full context)
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When Melody goes to Mr. Dimming’s class, he is clearly uncomfortable. Rose won’t make eye contact with... (full context)
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When Melody asks why no one told her they were getting on the plane, Rose admits that... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Melody thinks back on her time in fifth grade so far. Fifth grade is probably hard... (full context)
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...comes home from the hospital with some bruises and a cast, but no lasting damage. Melody begins work on her biography project for Miss Gordon’s class, part of which involves writing... (full context)