out of my mind

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i could pretend that i get it

but i really don’t.

yet here i am,

still prone and feeling like

i’m going out of my mind.

so i guess that part i get,

but just a tiny bit.

Laying here throughout the morning I was following Twitter and the YA lit world as it celebrated all the fabulous books winning the sought after book awards. Sharon Draper came up quite often amongst those tweets so I thought I’d pull her book out and give it another try. To be honest, I began this book a while ago and put it down. I thought, “Oh, I’m not sure I want to read about this.” I was in a delicate state myself and just wanted something more, uplifting. But seeing Ms. Draper’s name encouraged me to try again. To pull it out from its position in the growing pile of books on the nightstand next to me.

There is another fifth grade teacher at my school reading this as a read-a-loud so I began reading it through that lens. I’m glad I did. Read it, that is. Melody grabbed a hold of me and didn’t let go. She left me reflecting on all the Melodys I’ve had in class. I taught middle school science in my previous life and I can remember all the children who showed up to class escorted by their, as Melody put it, “underpaid and under appreciated aids”. She hit that nail on the head. That reminder was one of the many parts of this book that left me so thankful for Ms. Draper. But most important, Melody herself was vividly and honestly brought to life. Her struggles, her dreams, her desires, and her strengths. Thank you Ms. Draper for giving Melody such a beautiful and strong voice. I’m glad I’m reading about her.

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