Parents' Guide to

Out of My Heart

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Triumphant camp tale of girl with cerebral palsy.

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age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

This book is great for children between the ages of 9-13 , I think that it is important the young children know about cerebral-palsy and disabilities that may happen to them as that get older and stronger!
age 6+

Just so you know I am 14 years old just using my moms account

An excellent book! Melody is a great role model who teaches us not to underestimate disabled people. She is as independent as she physically can be and is kind, loving, funny and smart. She has a crush on a boy in this book but no kissing or anything happens. I definitely recommend it! One scary scene about a horse running away with Melody on it but she is able to get it back to camp! It is very impressive because she is physically restricted because of cerebral palsy. You have to read this! I should have put 2 and up but two year olds cannot read.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

In this beautifully woven story, written in the first person, the pain, challenge, and inspiration that encompasses the lives of kids with unique needs is given a voice by a very special character. Though Out of My Heart is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Out of My Mind, it succeeds in standing on its own. Preteen Melody Brooks, who hears colors when music plays, is curious about everything she encounters, and who never has had a friend, has the potential to meet her tribe in this uplifting story.

Kids will not be able to view kids with needs in the same way after reading this book. Melody's experience transcends the pages. When she longs to speak to a new friend, while she is without access to her speech generating device, her anguish is felt very clearly. "Oh how much I longed to speak," she thinks. When her camp-mates tell stories of being rejected, left behind, snubbed by peers and adults alike, the words pierce on the reader's heart. Adults will enjoy reading this book with kids, as it's relatable to people of all generations and abilities.

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