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We’re All the Same – Cyrill Somera

We’re All the Same – Cyrill Somera

Summary: Melody was born with cerebral palsy. This disease leaves her unable to move by herself or speak for herself. Everyone thinks she isn’t that smart, but little do they know that Melody actually has photographic memory, she can remember everything that happens around her, and she is very smart and can think complex thoughts just like everyone else. The problem is is that she can’t communicate all her knowledge because she can not speak. When Melody is in the 5th grade she is able to take normal classes with the other students at school. Later, she gets a Medi Talker that is a computer that speaks for her. This really helps her out in her new classrooms. The Medi Talker allows Melody to take tests by herself, she takes a test to be on the Whiz Kid team at school. She scores a perfect score, but her teacher thinks that she’s lying. Melody takes the test again and she eventually proves she wasn’t lying at all and gets to be apart of the team. She wins a competition for her team. The day her and her team are supposed to fly to Washington D.C. for nationals, her team leaves her behind on purpose. After her team did this to her, she still wants to go to school. The next day, Melody’s mom is in the car ready to drive her to school. Penny, Melody’s little sister was running up behind the car, Melody didn’t have her Medi Talker so she couldn’t warn her mom her sister was there so her mom hit Penny with the car. They rush her to the hospital, Penny ends up having a broken leg and survives. When Melody goes back to school, her team admits that they left her on purpose and they give her a trophy, she was still mad so she broke the trophy.

 

  1. I think this text wants its reader to realize that even though someone might have a disability, does not mean they aren’t able to learn. This book definitely opened my eyes and made me not take my life for granted. Melody never gave up and she always wanted to learn new things even though it was difficult for her.
  2. When I went to high school, the disabled kids were always allowed to eat lunch with us like Melody was allowed to sit in class with her other classmates. I remember, I would sit with the kids during and just talk to them. I never really thought how happy this might’ve made them until I read this book because of how excited Melody was to be in a classroom.
  3. People usually think that if someone has a disability that they can’t learn or they are unable to learn or that they are just not smart. This is not true at all. This book just made it more clear because it was told by Melody’s perspective. The way she has to live and look at the world everyday is so much more different than I have to live and look at the world. I think the author was trying to tell people that we are all the same despite some physical differences.
  4. This book really does mirror reality, but it makes you think. The book is told by Melody, who has cerebral palsy. Her life is much harder than the people who will read this book. We get to see what it’s like to live in her life as a reader. This perspective is rare and I think i really felt how frustrated she was at times and it made me feel more sympathetic to people who really can’t talk or move by themselves. I guess I can say that this book made me feel like I might take my ability to talk and walk for granted.
  5. I think this is a great book to have in the classroom. This will help younger readers understand what Melody is going through and to show that even though someone has a disability that they aren’t stupid, they just have limits on what they are able to do, but underneath that, they are exactly like everyone else and this is important for a young reader to realize.

2 Replies to “We’re All the Same – Cyrill Somera”

  1. Hey Cyrill! I’m reading the book too and I definitely agree that it should be in the classroom, having working in “special education” (I hate that term), you can tell that there are a lot of students who have never been around these types of students. I fully support integrating all students and allowing them to work together! I think this would be a great book to read out loud in a classroom and have an open discussion about struggles and what it means in education.

  2. This book has a lot of lessons! I absolutely agree that this book would be perfect for a classroom setting! I like that you focused on how this book was from Melody’s perspective and that meant that the reader got a better understanding of what being a disabled person is like.

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