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Beverly B, January 14, 2015 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Out of My Mind is a coming of age story and a family story. Melody, a scary smart tween who can't talk because she has cerebral palsy, wants more than anything to have friends. She would even be happy if her classmates, and her teachers, would just talk to her like she was a normal kid. I appreciated that author, Sharon Draper, did not want readers to feel pity for Melody. Draper created a character who, like most tweens, is sometimes hard to like. Melody can be demanding, whiney and uncooperative. Most people assume her brain is as damaged as her body. Her teachers ignore her, and her classmates make fun of her. When she is not overwhelmed with frustration, Melody is funny, sensitive, and kind. Her life changes when she gets a computer similar to Stephan Hawking's computer. For the first time, she can talk, and she blows everyone away with how smart she is. Draper keeps the story realistic. Melody's life does not suddenly turn around and become all good. But Melody is empowered, and she is determined to stay on a path to success and a normal life.
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Malory, November 10, 2014 (view all comments by Malory)
A great middle grade read featuring Melody, a bright, sensitive girl with cerebral palsy. Draper does a great job showing Melody's strength, but also her frustration as she deals with her physical and communication limitations.
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Janna Mauldin Heiner, February 1, 2014 (view all comments by Janna Mauldin Heiner)
In _Out of My Mind_, Sharon M. Draper offers an important addition to the canon of books that explore the issues surrounding disability. Her protagonist, Melody, is a 10-year-old girl with a photographic memory, an impressive vocabulary, a keen mind...and no way to show it. Misjudged and misunderstood more often than not, Melody struggles to express herself, to reveal herself, and to protect herself from repeated underestimation from peers and adults alike. But even the ability to communicate and participate doesn't entirely save Melody from disappointments and betrayals; and in the end, her biggest victory comes not from the technology that helps her communicate, but from her own strong and forgiving heart.
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The Family that Reads, November 25, 2013 (view all comments by The Family that Reads)
Avid Angler, age 10, writes the following about "Out of My Mind".
This story is about a girl with cerebral palsy and she's trying to speak. She is 11 years old and she has not even spoken a word. Her name is Melody. She learns how to speak with a medi-talker. After she learns how to speak, she signs up for the school whiz kids team. She is one of the smartest kids on her team. I learned from this book that someone disabled can be very smart. This story is very long. There are basically three stories in one. My 8 year old sister really liked this story.
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seahorse33, January 27, 2013 (view all comments by seahorse33)
This is a great book about a girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy, where she can't walk, talk, or write. Melody is super smart though, she just has no way of showing it. She has to figure out a way to show her smarts and never give up. Even though Melody is different from most people, she doesn't let that stop her.
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Draper, Sharon M.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Situations / Special Needs
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Special Needs
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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Product details 320 pages Atheneum Books for Young Readers - English 9781416971719 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Uplifting and upsetting....This moving novel will make activists of us all."
"Review" by , "Unflinching and realistic....Rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy."
"Review" by , "Kids will benefit from being introduced to Melody and her gutsy, candid, and compelling story. It speaks volumes and reveals the quiet strength and fortitude it takes to overcome disabilities and the misconceptions that go with them."
"Review" by , "Will appeal not only to middle school readers but also to anyone who wonders what might be going on in the minds of individuals with severe physical handicaps."
"Review" by , "If there's only one book teens and parents (and everyone else) can read this year, Out of My Mind should be it."
"Synopsis" by , Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording, and she’s the smartest kid in her whole school — but no one knows it. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows... but she can’t, because Melody can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write. Melody has cerebral palsy, and most people — her teachers and doctors included — don’t think she’s capable of learning.

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.

"Synopsis" by , Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom — the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow. In this breakthrough story — reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly — from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.
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