Out of My Heart (Hardcover)
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.
— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
“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*
Melody, whose story began in Out of My Mind (2010), is now a middle-grader. With summer on the horizon, she searches out and applies for admission to a camp designed to give differently abled kids the sleepaway experience and the opportunity to participate in activities such as horseback riding, swimming, and zip-lining. Over her week away, her personal growth is evident through campfire confidences, unexpected adventures, and the joy of new friendships, plus a bit of first love. Draper authentically captures her determination, fears, and blossoming abilities with such sweet accuracy that readers will feel the anxieties and triumphs themselves. […] Full of fun and the brightness of the future, Melody's summertime adventure will delight readers old and new and leave them hoping for another installment.
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The best-selling Out of My Mind won countless hearts, which will eagerly seek out Melody's latest outing.
— Beth Rosania