Chapter 10 Summary
In chapter 10, we learn that Melody was potty trained at age 3. Melody and her mom have worked out ways to communicate her basic wants and needs. She so desperately wants to be able to tell her mom that she loves her. She also desperately wants to communicate with others so that they would know what she is thinking. She tells us that “words are exploding in her brain” and gets frustrated with the limitations of her communication board when she can’t get her father to understand that she just wants a hamburger and fries from McDonalds.
Chapter 11 Summary
In chapter 11, we learn that Melody gets a new electric wheelchair that gives her freedom as well as participation in “inclusion” classrooms. She loves her new teacher in her self-contained room who has brought back books on tape for her to listen to. Mrs. Lovelace, the music teacher in her first inclusion classroom plays music and helps her see colors again. She makes her first friend, a typical kid, named Rose. It is ironic that as their communication increases, they get “shushed” by the teacher. She never had a teacher tell her to be quiet before and she loved it! She is starting to feel like the rest of the kids and wonders if she will ever get to go to the mall with one of them.
Chapter 10 Summary
In chapter 12, we learn of additional inclusion classrooms being added to her day as well as getting a mobility assistant, named Catherine. Mrs. Gordon, her reading teacher is providing Melody with books on tape, she is able to take tests using her communication board and loves working on assignments assigned in the regular classroom. She is also getting frustrated with the limitations of her communication board. We again learn of her frustration when the class substitute had them watching The Lion King, a movie shown too many times as well as completing simple, not 5th grade, addition during math. She wonders what Rose is doing in her regular classroom and if she’d ever get to learn long division.