In the beginning of the book, Melody is introduced. She has a condition called cerebral palsy. It means that she is completely paralyzed. She can move her arms and hands slightly. Later in the story we meet a new puppy named Butterscotch. Melody gets this gift from her parents when her goldfish, Ollie, died. Butterscotch acts like an angel. She helps Melody prop herself up, and if she ever fell she would alert the parents by barking.
Mrs. Violet Valencia is one of the most helpful people in the book. She is Melody’s next door neighbor. Her and Melody have a very strong bond.Mrs. V challenges Melody all the time. She teaches her how to catch herself if she's going to fall, and how to roll over. She also makes Melody a word board to put on her wheelchair to communicate.
In this part of the story something exciting happens. Melody gets a baby sister! Her name is Penny. Penny is born just like any other baby, and Melody is a little jealous that she can do things so easily but she gets over it quickly. She realizes that she is thankful that Penny doesn't have to suffer like she does. She spends a lot of time at Mrs. V's house because her parents are super busy with Penny.
Melody doesn't have many friends. Soon, the teachers start something called Inclusion Classes. Kids like Melody get to go into other classrooms and do lessons with them. This is where Melody meets Rose. Rose was nice to Melody and never judged her. They became really close and even end up going to the aquarium together.
Melody is very smart. The only thing is, is that people think that she is dumb, just because of her disability. In one of her inclusion classes, they take a test to see who can make the Whiz Kids Quiz team. She is the only one that gets a perfect score so she makes it!
The quiz team has their first competition. Melody has a fun time hanging out with the team before, but she gets really nervous about the questions they might ask. They end up winning, so they get to go to Washington D.C!