Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper
Melody is smart and tries to show it. Catherine helped Melody get this device called a Medi-Talker. It was a talking device which stored sentences, words, and anything Melody wanted to say in it, and she used that to communicate. Melody's History/Social Studies teacher Mr. Dimming thinks Melody isn't smart. To prove him wrong, Melody tries out for the Whiz Kids Competition and makes the team. She practices all every night because she wants to get better. They go to the competition, win, and went to the championships in D.C. Melody and her family wake up early the day they go to D.C. and head to the airport. They get there and find out their flight had been canceled, and the team left without Melody. Melody gets upset, but gets over it.
Melody wanted to show everyone that it didn't bug her that they left her and wanted to go school the next day. That day was very hectic. Melody missed the bus, her mom was called into work, and her dad didn't go into work because he hurt his hand.
Melody's mom was frustrated, and it was raining outside so it was harder for her to get Melody's seat into the car. Mrs. Brooks forgot Melody's bag inside and so her dad brought it out. Mr. Brooks and Penny go back inside and Penny comes running out to give Mrs. Brooks an umbrella. Melody saw Penny come out and threw one of her "tornadoes" (temper tantrum) to tell her mom about Penny, and her mom scolded her and told her to settle down. As she was backing up she felt a bump and realized it was Penny. Melody ends up not going to school because of the incident, so the next day when she returned the team was back from D.C., and Melody confronts them. They try and give her their 9th place trophy, but Melody knocks it down and says she doesn't want it and go out of the room.