Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (NY: Antheneum, 2010).
The premise of this novel is immediately compelling: imagine what it would be like to be trapped in your own head with a genius brain and photographic memory, but completely unable to communicate. That's what life is like for 11-year-old Melody, who was born with cerebral palsy. Then she gets a miracle that should be life changing--a computer that can talk for her--yet the changes are not all that she anticipated. Draper evocatively explores the prejudices faced by differently abled individuals in this beautiful novel. Highly recommended for grades 3 & up, this story should encourage children to examine their own actions and attitudes toward the kids they see in the special education room of their own schools every day.
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