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4.00006889424733 out of 54.00006889424733 out of 54.00006889424733 out of 54.00006889424733 out of 54.00006889424733 out of 5 4.00 (14,515 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon M. Draper Narrator: Sisi Aisha Johnson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes this story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom, the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it—somehow.

In this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple award-winning-author Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This powerful story…offers a wrenching insight into so many vital lives that the able-bodied overlook.”

    Denver Post

  • “Melody discovers that her inner strength and intelligence are more reliable than most of the humans around her. She becomes an activist for herself.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “This long-overdue audio narration of Draper’s 2010 middle grade novel is a breakout performance for voice actress Johnson, who skillfully brings together childlike sensitivity and grown-up gravitas as she gives life to Draper’s character Melody Brooks…Older children and their parents will enjoy the way Johnson brings life to this unforgettable character.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Kids will benefit from being introduced to Melody and her gutsy, candid, and compelling story.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The authenticity of the story is obvious…This highly readable, compelling novel quickly establishes [Melody’s] determination and intelligence and the almost insurmountable challenges she faces…For upper-elementary students yet also a story that will enlighten and resonate with teens and adults.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson puts eleven-year-old Melody’s active mind and vivacious personality front and center…Johnson is expressive and works well with accents, creating distinct voices that round out the personalities that surround Melody…Particularly good for family listening.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Book for Children and Teens
  • A Parents' Choice Award Silver Medalist
  • Winner of the 2012 Beehive Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the California Young Reader Medal
  • Winner of the 2012 Young Hoosier Book Award
  • Winner of the Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award for 2013
  • Second Place Winner for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
  • Winner of the 2014 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award
  • Nominee for the Nene Award for Children's Fiction
  • Nominated for the 2013 Sequoyah Book Award
  • Nominated for the 2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • Nominee for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • Finalist for the Indies Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth Milton | 2/15/2014

    " This is a super book. It is told from the perspective of a girl with Cerebral Palsy, whose body does not work but whose brain is extremely smart. She is not able to talk but ends up getting a machine to help her, and her life changes in many ways once she has that machine. She learns many lessons and she teaches many lessons to others who do not understand her disabilities. This book gives wonderful perspective to able-bodied people like me to be more sensitive, and less surprised at the extreme abilities of seemingly disabled people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by L13_Natasha | 2/7/2014

    " Melody is a brillant eleven year old girl trapped in a body that does not work. Born with cerebral palsy, she struggles daily with her life that others have no way of understanding. Her story will capture you from page one as she explains how easy it is for her to learn. Words fill her head, but she has no way of sharing any of her thoughts. Passionate about colors, she embeds them in descriptions thoughout her story and uses them to describe her moods. She is candid about her frustrations of restriction and isolation. "When people look at me, I guess they see a girl with short, dark, curly hair strapped into a pink wheelchair. By the way,there is nothing cute about a pink wheelchair. Pink doesn't change a thing." When Melody finally acquires a voice through a Medi-Talker computer, the world of communication is wide open. Unfortunately, it does fix everything. Draper has painted a beautiful picture that will make you see a new red, green, black, and grey and never see the world around you the same. An engaging read all the way to its powerful ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julianna Benish mielcarek | 2/5/2014

    " Great for middle school literature circles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy Katz | 1/30/2014

    " This was one of the saddest books I've ever read but one I will never forget. "

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