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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind (edition 2010)

by Sharon M. Draper

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Title:Out of My Mind
Authors:Sharon M. Draper
Info:Atheneum (2010), Hardcover, 304 pages
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“Out of my Mind” is a story about Melody, an 11-year-old girl with severe cerebral palsy. It is narrated by Melody, although, as she puts it, “I have never spoken one single word”. As Melody brought me through her difficult and frustrating life, I felt an overwhelming sense of empathy and understanding for not only her, but for every soul who has so much to say but no medium to say it. She was condemned as “severely brain-damaged and profoundly retarded” by her doctor because she couldn’t use her words to pass the aptitude test. This book brought to light the many flaws in the medical diagnostics system as well as the average public school system, which would have had Melody reciting her ABC’s when she was capable of writing essays. Finally, Melody is given a contraption which allows her to communicate, allowing her to say “I love you” to her parents for the first time. I felt this moment was of particular significance because any parent who reads this can identify with the feelings that these fictional characters expressed, although they didn’t feel fictional at all. She shows her intelligence over and over again, to the surprise (and sometimes dismay) of her parents, teachers, and peers. She answers trivia way beyond her years, showing everyone she is much more that her body gives her credit for. She eventually makes the Wizkids team to compete against other schools. This is the story of the triumph of a little girl who never gave up on what she knew she was capable of. This book brings you through what it is like through the eyes of those who are ignored and judged by their diagnosis and appearance, and has certainly enlightened me. I would recommend this book for grades 4-5th grade.
  btadde1 | Sep 21, 2016 |
Wow! What an inspiring story.... Although this story is based on a fictional character, it is not difficult to imagine that Melody represents many disabled individuals that live within our communities and have to deal with challenges that are similar or even worse to Melody's. I would highly recommend this book for everyone - both young and old - because it opens your mind to tolerance and understanding. Even though some people have disabilities (no matter how small or large) each person is still a person with feelings and hopes. Everyone deserves kindness and a friend. I was also extremely glad that the author, Sharon Draper, created Melody as a strong and independent character to show that overcoming difficulties actually helps a person to grow and mature and develop internal strength that continuous success does always leave room for. Amazing Book! ( )
  Bubamdk | Sep 9, 2016 |
Melody is brilliant, she has a photographic memory, and can remember everything she has ever experienced but she can’t speak or walk. Melody has cerebral palsy. She is dismissed by her school mates but she refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy and she is determined to show them what she is made of. This is an eye opening book.
  CindyNeils | Jul 29, 2016 |
Melody is not like other 5th grade students. She cannot feed herself, dress herself, or speak, but that doesn’t mean that she has nothing to offer her classmates and nothing to teach. As a result of cerebral palsy, she has not physically developed the same as her peers, and for many years, only her parents believe that she is mentally capable. With the introduction of a new Medi-Talker (that Melody names Elvira), Melody begins to communicate and show the world her amazing abilities. ( )
  jmillerlits | Jun 28, 2016 |
This would be a great book to teach in my classroom. The character of Melody is so complex and it lead me to really understand how frustrating it would be to be a person with cerebral palsy. To not be able to express your views about the world would be devastating, yet Melody uses this fire as inspiration and becomes exactly that to those that know her best. ( )
  alaina.loescher | Jun 28, 2016 |
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Out of My Mind was a book that put things in perspective for me. This novel is about a girl name Melody who is not able to speak or walk. Melody is a 12 year old girl who is was diagnosed with Cerbal Palsy, throughout this book it covers so many themes such as, courage, empathy, perseverance and so much more. We see the obstacles Melody is faced throughout the novel and how she is treated by those around her. Many people in the novel judge Melody by her disability instead of an actual person. The way this book put things in perspective for me personally was how we take for granted the things we are able to do and how there are cruel teachers and classmates out there. This novel was a prime example of how not all teachers are the best. I think this shows how amazing Melody is as a person and how she overcomes what is thrown at her. Melody is such a strong kind hearted girl who just wants to fit in like everyone else. It also shows the love and support of her family and close friends. They love Melody unconditionally regardless of her disability. I think this is a book that all people should read not just education majors. This novel reminds you of how people are different, but love them for them despite how different they may be. I would highly recommend this novel as it brought so many emotions to me as a person.
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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, because Melody 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.

A Note to Readers from Author Sharon Draper

People often ask me, "What was your inspiration for Out of my Mind?" I reply, "All great stories emerge from deep truths that rest within us." But the real truth of a story often can be found in places that not even the author has dared to explore. I suppose the character of Melody came from my experiences in raising a child with developmental difficulties. But Melody is not my daughter. Melody is pure fiction--a unique little girl who has come into being from a mixture of love and understanding. Out of my Mind is the story of a ten-year-old-girl who cannot walk or talk. She has spirit, determination, intelligence and wit, and no one knows it. But from buildings that are not wheelchair--accessible to classmates who make fun of her she finds a strength within herself she never knew existed.

I was fiercely adamant that nobody feel sorry for Melody. I wanted her to be accepted as a character and as a person, not as a representative for people with disabilities. Melody is a tribute to all the parents of disabled kids who struggle, to all those children who are misunderstood, to all those caregivers who help every step of the way. It's also written for people who look away, who pretend they don't see, or who don't know what to say when they encounter someone who faces life with obvious differences. Just smile and say hello!

--Sharon M. Draper

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Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

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