Middle School parents and students gathered in our Library Tech Commons for a Book and a Bagel discussion group on the compelling New York Times bestseller, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.
Born with cerebral palsy, Melody, 10, has never spoken a word. She is a brilliant fifth grader living in a body that won’t allow her to communicate, move or feed herself. Like her hero, Stephen Hawking, Melody discovers that her inner strength and intelligence enable her to advocate for herself.
The boys and their parents engaged in a discussion about the book, sharing their main take-aways with the group. Boys shared that they were able to empathize with a character whose life is so different from their own. They talked about experiencing feelings of anger and frustration along with Melody as she encountered injustices. The discussion concluded with participants expressing how much they admired Melody.
We look forward to hosting more parent-child book discussions next school year!