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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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Tags:children's literature, fiction, disabilities, read 2013

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A powerful and must read for all students 5th grade and above. Melody, the main character, has a photographic memory and is by far the smartest student in her middle school. However, no one knows how smart she is as she has cerebral palsy and is mute and has no way to communicate all her knowledge.

The book follows Melody's plight through middle school and all the drama that occurs around her. She starts in a special needs class that does not challenge her and it is not until she receives a computer that talks for her does everyone realize how smart she is. She quickly joins the Quiz team and everyone, well almost everyone, is elated to have her on the team. Some team members are worried about the perception of having a special needs person on the team. (Melanie is unable to feed herself, etc.)

Melanie's growth through her pure determination of being able to communicate allows her to develop friendships and deal with normal middle school friendship pain and betrayal.

This is a must read book for people of all ages, young adults and adults alike. ( )
  StephanieFeist | Jul 6, 2015 |
This is a must for intermediate classrooms to teach non judgement, acceptance, and kindness.
  emaloney5 | Jun 9, 2015 |
cerebral palsy, brilliant, different, acceptance, disability
  elindseyziegler | May 30, 2015 |
A fictional tale of the experiences of a young girl with with severe CP. She is bright as a button but many people assume she is ineducable due to her communication difficulties. As she overcomes these she begins to write her life story. It's a brilliant story. The reader experiences her highs and lows, delights and frustrations, and ultimate coming of age. The author uses her family experience to convey the reality of growing up with a significant disability. As a Deaf Studies graduate I am acutely aware of the arguments against mainstream education for culturo-linguistic minorities, however this book makes a powerful argument for mainstreaming disabled students, but more importantly, doing it well. I loved this book so much I stayed up most of the night to finish it in 24 hours. ( )
  eclecticdodo | May 18, 2015 |
"Out of my Mind" is an amazing novel, in my opinion, for many different reasons. Draper tells the story of a young girl, Melody, who is stuck inside her head because of the disability she was born with, cerebral palsy, and how she fights the odds to get her thoughts heard by those who thought she was not capable of anything. The author uses amazing figurative language for the reader to visualize what Melody is explaining throughout the novel. For example, in chapter 6 the author writes "The rest of my body is sort of like a coat with buttons done up in the wrong holes." Also, Draper begins every new chapter with the first paragraph in bold. I believe the purpose of this is to introduce the reader to what the chapter is about. The message I got from this story is to never give up home and that you can do anything you set your mind to. ( )
  bridgetmcnamara | May 4, 2015 |
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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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