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Fans have waited over 10 years for the “Out of My Mind” sequel, and now they’ll know what happens to Melody following the events of the original novel.
Sharon Draper, author, joined us today to discuss her latest novel, “Out of My Heart”.
This is the highly anticipated sequel to Sharon Draper’s beloved and award-winning novel “Out of My Mind” (2010), about a brilliant 11-year-old girl who will not leave cerebral palsy (a disorder that affects the the body’s ability to control its movements) define it.
In “Out of My Mind,” we met Melody Brooks, whose brain works at the speed of light before most children, but who cannot keep up physically; his only way to communicate is with a communication board. Her utter refusal to let her physique hold her back has inspired countless readers around the world, and over the years Sharon has received thousands of letters about her many books, but most often children ask: does it happen to Melody after Out of my mind? Out of my heart is his response to those readers who long for more impactful Melody story.
In “Out of My Heart”, Melody is a year older (and more courageous) and takes another step towards independence by attending a summer camp for the first time. Melody is on her own at the camp, which is designed for children with disabilities. Melody must face her fears to follow her passion. In the light of flickering campfires and the power of thunderstorms, through the terror of unexpected creatures in cabins and the first burst of a crush, Melody is about to find out just how brave and strong she is.
Biography of Sharon M. Draper:
She is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award in honor of her significant and enduring contribution to writing for teens. She received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper sun and Forged by fire, and received the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. His novel Out of my mind has won several awards and has been a New York Times bestseller for over four years, and Mixture was also a New York Times Bestseller. She taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. She currently resides in Florida. Visit her at SharonDraper.com. Twitter: @sharonmdraper, @simonteen, Instagram: @sharonmdraper, @simonteen