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faith health and home Makeba Giles interview with Sharon Draper out of my heart book kids health

Out of My Heart: Author/Educator Sharon Draper is Empowering Teens with Disabilities Through Literature

 

You may have heard of Sharon Draper’s beloved, award- winning novel, Out of My Mind (2010)—about a brilliant 11-year-old girl who will not let cerebral palsy (a disorder that affects the body’s ability to control its movements) define her. In Out of My Mind, we met Melody Brooks, whose brain works lightspeed ahead of most kids’, but who cannot keep up physically; her only way of communicating is with a communication board.

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Out of My Mind was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential Books of All Time and has appeared on over 40 state award reading lists. It spent four years on the bestseller list with over 4 million copies sold to date.

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faith health and home Makeba Giles interview with Sharon Draper out of my heart book kids health

Sharon with Out of My Mind

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Melody – the novel’s main character – and her utter refusal to let her physicality 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 kids most often ask: what happens to Melody afteOut of My Mind

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A decade later, we finally get to find out. Out of My Heart is her response to those readers yearning for more of Melody’s impactful story.

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faith health and home Makeba Giles interview with Sharon Draper out of my heart book kids health

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Out of My Heart is the highly acclaimed sequel in which Melody, now 12, discovers exactly how truly strong and brave she is as she takes a step toward independence at summer camp. Melody is all alone at the camp, which is designed for children with disabilities. Melody must confront her fears to follow her passion. 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 is about to discover how brave and strong she really is.

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Melody’s hopefulness is an inspiration to EVERYONE, and particularly to those kids who have their own unique ways of making their way through our world.

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“A deeply satisfying and worthy continuation of a beloved story.” — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED 

 

faith health and home Makeba Giles interview with Sharon Draper out of my heart book kids health

Sharon with her dog Butterscotch

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I had the pleasure of speaking with Sharon Draper about the book’s release. She also shared a special personal message to kids who are currently living with restricting health conditions.

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About Our Guest:

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faith health and home Makeba Giles interview with Sharon Draper out of my heart book kids healthSharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her novel Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over four years, and Blended has also been 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

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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