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25th Sep '15 3:59:53 AM Morgenthaler
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21st Sep '15 5:08:38 AM SpacePortals
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic?: The great escape of Melody's goldfish.


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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic?: WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The great escape of Melody's goldfish.

21st Sep '15 5:08:10 AM SpacePortals
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* WhatDoYouMeanIt'sNotSymbolic?: The great escape of Melody's goldfish.


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* WhatDoYouMeanIt'sNotSymbolic?: WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic?: The great escape of Melody's goldfish.

22nd Aug '15 8:16:38 PM Greenhat
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** Mrs. V shows shades of this at the aquarium.
1st Aug '15 12:44:42 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* CoolTeacher: Mr. Gross, the first special ed teacher who Melody said was "really great," partially because he encouraged Willy's love of baseball and tried hard to help Jill, whose body is naturally uncooperative, participate in activities. There was also a teacher Melody thought was cool because she let the kids listen to books on tape and experiment with music, art, and real educational tools.



* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: One of the special education teachers, who "teaches" the kids the same things over and over, plays a nursery rhyme CD ad nauseam, and took six months to move from A to B in the alphabet, because she thought the kids didn't understand what an A was or sounded like. This could also count as * SternTeacher, since this woman truly believes kids in special ed cannot learn, and is very vocal about it.

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* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: One of the special education teachers, who "teaches" the kids the same things over and over, plays a nursery rhyme CD ad nauseam, and took six months to move from A to B in the alphabet, because she thought the kids didn't understand what an A was or sounded like. This could also count as * SternTeacher, since this woman truly believes kids in special ed cannot learn, and is very vocal about it.it.
** Melody has had another teacher, Ms. Hyatt, who ''did'' teach kindergarten to the H-5 kids, but maintains a squeaky, simpering voice and attitude that is far below what most kindergartners would put up with for more than two minutes, let alone older kids.
1st Aug '15 12:40:46 PM EnglishGuruLady
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**Actually, all the kids in H-5 have these, as Melody explains. For example, Maria has Down's Syndrome and "has trouble figuring out complicated stuff," but has high emotional and interpersonal intelligence. She also adores holidays. Willy has severe verbal tics, but loves baseball and knows all kinds of baseball stats and facts. Gloria has autism and is mostly silent, but loves music.
17th Nov '14 7:51:07 AM MagBas
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* UnfortunateImplications: They run rampant. Among them: if you have a disability, you will be considered dumb, will have no friends, and will be pitied and pandered to by adults. Plus, there's the implication that any non-disabled person who acts friendly to you is putting on an act. Melody's doctor voices a big one when, during Melody's earlier childhood, he not only recommends institutionalization, but hands Melody's mom a brochure for a local one. (She tells him just where to put it, and leaves).
16th Oct '13 10:52:17 AM EnglishGuruLady
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* BuffySpeak: When Melody is a toddler, her dad brings her home a stuffed animal. Her parents try to see if she will reach for it, and Mom entices her with this line: "Look, Melody, Daddy brought you a play-pretty." As Melody herself says via narration, what the heck is that?
3rd Oct '13 12:29:29 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* DisabledMeansHelpless: Everyone in Melody's life, with the exception of Ms. V, seems to think this to some degree until Melody gets Elvira, her technological speaking device.


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* HiddenDepths: Because of the severity of her physical disability, many people believe Melody doesn't have preferences, or that she won't care that you don't know them. Some also take the limited expressions of emotions that she can manage, like screaming, as anger or noncompliance. They are shocked, then, to learn that Melody loves caramel-based desserts or candy and lemonade, her favorite music is country, and that she wants to dress in "cool clothes" like her classmates.
3rd Oct '13 12:22:26 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* DownerEnding: One of the worst in children's literature. Occurs when [[spoiler: the quiz team gets sent to state. They go out to breakfast together, purposely leaving Melody behind because they figure she'll slow them down since she cannot feed herself. By the time they've finished breakfast, the team's flight is scheduled to leave, which means Melody is left behind and does not get to compete.]]



* KidsAreCruel: Boy, are they. Subverted, then double subverted, with Rose.
* MamaBear: Do NOT mess with Melody around her mother. She takes this so far as to snap a special ed teacher's nursery rhyme CD in half (see below) and [[spoiler: read Melody's quiz team coach the riot act for leaving her out of the state competition.]]
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: One of the special education teachers, who "teaches" the kids the same things over and over, plays a nursery rhyme CD ad nauseam, and took six months to move from A to B in the alphabet, because she thought the kids didn't understand what an A was or sounded like. This could also count as * SternTeacher, since this woman truly believes kids in special ed cannot learn, and is very vocal about it.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Melody references making "[her] handicapped face"--as in, assuming a flat, playing-dumb expression--around the doctor her mom took her to, and around anyone who she knows already thinks she's stupid.




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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Melody's favorite candy is butterscotch caramels, which provide the namesake for her dog. She also says she likes any sweets with caramel in them.
* UnfortunateImplications: They run rampant. Among them: if you have a disability, you will be considered dumb, will have no friends, and will be pitied and pandered to by adults. Plus, there's the implication that any non-disabled person who acts friendly to you is putting on an act. Melody's doctor voices a big one when, during Melody's earlier childhood, he not only recommends institutionalization, but hands Melody's mom a brochure for a local one. (She tells him just where to put it, and leaves).
* WhatDoYouMeanIt'sNotSymbolic?: The great escape of Melody's goldfish.

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