10/6/13 ** Melody has CP and has no good way to communicate abstract (and even many literal) ideas until she gets an electronic communication device when in 5th grade. Though most people don't realize it, she is tremendously gifted in math and language, with a nearly photographic memory. Imagine how bored she is in her self-contained special education classroom.
This marvelously poignant tale helps the reader understand what life would be like if trapped in an uncooperative body. A must read for teachers and many students.