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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,
“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)
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“Ooh! Look! There’s another one—and another!” my sis-ter shrieked. She raced across the grass of Mrs. V’s front yard, a jar clutched in her hands, trying to convince one of the tiny glowing insects to zoom into it. If my firefly had joined that swarm, I’m sure that he and the others had to be laughing at Penny, sky dancing away from her.
“Come help, Mrs. V!” Penny pleaded. “They won’t listen to me!” She plunked down on the grass, her face scrunched into a frown.
Mrs. V, who was our next-door neighbor and Mom’s best friend, lounged on a padded recliner on her front porch. She winked at me before saying, “Well, maybe they don’t want to live in a bottle—maybe they just want to boogie tonight!”
“Just one?” Penny put on her most pitiful face.
“All right,” Mrs. V replied. “But we’re gonna let it go after we look at it, okay?”
“Fine,” Penny grumbled, folding her arms across her chest. “But why?”
“Would you like to live in a jug?” Mrs. V asked.
Penny laughed. “I’m too big! But a bug in a jug even sounds right!”
“Well,” Mrs. V countered, “what if I found a jug big enough for you to fit in? Would you want to live there?”
Penny seemed to think for a moment. Then she said, “I guess not. I’d feel smooshed and stuffy.”
“Exactly! So, what do you think we should do?”
Penny rolled into a somersault and popped up with an ease I couldn’t help but admire and said, “Okay—
we’ll catch us some bugs, then we let them fly!”
Mrs. V, whose full name was Violet Valencia, turned to me. “Let me go help her before she scares them all out of town!” she said, double-checking to make sure the locks on the wheels of my wheelchair were secure. The two of them whirled across the lawn, laughing and reaching for the tiny lights. I couldn’t join them, but for once I didn’t feel left out—a firefly had already found me.
I could see Mom’s blue SUV pulling into our drive-way next door. Butterscotch, our golden retriever, raised his head in recognition. Mom works at a local hospital as a nurse, her days filled with taking care of people who have diseases or broken bones or heart attacks. She tells me her job is a challenge, but she loves it! She often comes home tired, but still has to take care of me. And, no joke, I’m a handful. An armful! She’s never, ever complained, but sometimes that makes me feel bad.
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.
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