One Book/One Community Project

Each year, the entire Mercy community embarks on a literary adventure by reading and reflecting upon a common book specially chosen to inspire and influence. A text is chosen each spring that is read over the summer and the themes are integrated into various courses over the academic year.

The objectives of this program are:

  • to engage students of all grades and levels through the summer
  • to nurture a shared cultural experience among all members of the community
  • to increase the students' awareness of connections across the curriculum
  • to heighten the global awareness and sense of social justice defined by our Christian identity

Summer 2016 One Book/One Community
Again this summer the entire Mercy community—students, teachers, staff, administrators—will share a reading experience, the book Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper.  Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school-but NO ONE knows it.

Most people -- her teachers and doctors included -- don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again, and again, and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can’t. She can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write.

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind-that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you’ll never, ever forget.

Book availability

The public library has copies available or it can be purchased online or in a bookstore. For more information, go to this link:  A limited number of copies are also available to be checked out from the main office at Mercy.

    Assignment for all students
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    Have your responses to the prompts ready by the first day of school. Please do not write out the responses by hand; have them typed and ready to submit electronically. Appropriate electronic formats include: saved on your iPad, on GoogleDocs, or as an attachment e-mailed to yourself. Your teacher will give you instructions on how to upload your responses to Turnitin. You do not need to print them out unless your teacher instructs you to do so.

    If you need help getting started, the last page of the assignment sheet provides some basic guidelines on how to structure your responses. More experienced writers are encouraged to move beyond these basics.

    If you have any questions, you can contact any teacher in the English department.