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Out of My Mind

by 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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This book is for middle to high school age readers, it is a longer chapter book with themes that are slightly more advanced. It follows along the life of a girl who has never spoken. She has disabilities and although she does not speak, she has many thoughts and ideas as well as good moments and deep struggles. This could be used in a class to show students a different perspective. Seeing the girls life and things from her perspective is very eye opening and gives a lot of empathy and understanding to people with disabilities. ( )
  EleeCalhoun | Apr 22, 2023 |
This book is appropriate for 4th and 5th grade. It's about a girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy and she can't talk. The book is about her journey with that disability and how it affects her day to day life. I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was well done. I would use this in my classroom for lit circle. ( )
  sophia_mulkey | Apr 19, 2023 |
This book is about a girl who was born with cerebral palsay. She is unable to communicate and it shows what she goes through as a 5th grader. This book is a good read for fourth and fifth graders. I would use this in the classroom as a assignment to read during the school year. Or as a group project for kids to work on.
  cflores21 | Apr 19, 2023 |
Out Of My Mind is about a girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy. She can't speak or move however she has so much to say, She spends her life stuck in her mind. In the book it takes place when she is 10 years old and she gets an opportunity to go to an actual school and take classes. She joins a school quiz team but soon finds out how judgemental people be can be and how hard it is to be the only person who will ever hear your thoughts. 4th grade and up. ( )
  anniejones_ | Apr 18, 2023 |
Sharon Draper was a teacher at my high school and mentor for a student group I was involved in in the 1980s. Despite hearing about her writing for several years now, I had never picked up one of her books. My son is now 10 years old, so I spend a lot more time reading young adult literature these days. This book is one I'll encourage him to read because of its theme of inclusion. I believe this would be a great read for a pre-teen because it may help develop a sense of empathy and help discourage the "me-centric" thinking that is so prevalent in today's society. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
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This book could be considered an eye opener to many. I think this would be a good book to read for teenage students because at that age everyone is different and sometimes kids can be cruel to children who aren't like them. I have a friend who has cerebral palsy so this book was very emotional but quite nice for me to read.
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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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To my daughter, Wendy Michelle Draper, with love
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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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