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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 Books for Young Readers (2010), Hardcover, 304 pages
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16. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (2010, 296 pages, Read Mar 8-11)

Surprising good juvenile fiction. Not sure why I was surprised. It has a great setting, a good enough plot and just came across as really thoughtfully done. The premise is Melody Brooks, a tween in middle school who suffers from cerebral palsy, meaning she can't really move and can't talk. She narrates the book as an intelligent observer unable to communicate with the world around her, which is both sad and fascinating. Many juvenile books don't seem to take themselves very seriously. They have enough to get a young readers pulled in, with lots of silly humor, and few emotional punches and then a happy ending. This was nothing like that. It's a serious work exceptionally well done and gives the reader a lot to think about. And I appreciated a juvenile book with an uncomfortable ending. ( )
  dchaikin | Apr 21, 2014 |
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. Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it.
  alishablaire | Mar 18, 2014 |
Born with cerebral palsy, Melody is unable to speak and has little control over her body, but her mind is always working. Despite her brilliance, most assume the 11 year old is mentally challenged because of her condition until she finds away to communicate the things that are trapped inside her head. Melody is an extraordinary character and food for thought for anyone who has ever made a judgement about another person based on their appearance. I think the view Draper takes on Melody's challenges is balanced, acknowledging her triumphs as well as her failures. There is hope for Melody in that she can find ways to work around her disability, but the daily difficulties of her life make it clear that she has to work incredibly hard for every one of her achievements. ( )
  Octokitten | Feb 17, 2014 |
The main character, Melody, is such sweet girl. I literally just finished it, and I am so close to crying! :'[ Ugh, I really hate how books bring out my vulernable side :/
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  sachaurora | Feb 7, 2014 |
I think this is an important book for both children and adults to read. Unfortunately, all too frequently people are underestimating and lowering their expectations of individuals with "differences," especially teachers. This narrative puts us in the shoes of an incredibly capable child with cerebral palsy and ideally will lead to the reader's change in mindset. Furthermore, the final chapters of this book include two very unanticipated events that I think will lead to a maturation and greater development of critical thinking skills by the younger readers.
  biarias | Jan 28, 2014 |
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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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