Out of My Mind
By: Sharon Draper
In this captivating novel, Melody Brooks, an eleven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy suffers. Her body is stiff and uncooperative, forcing her to use a wheelchair. She is very smart, but she cannot speak. Melody hates her boring special education classes and the fact that she cannot make her thoughts and opinions known, even to her parents. Hence Melody has to fight to get what she wants. Eventually, Melody is given a computer that ables her to communicate in a regular fifth grade class. Melody even gets the opportunity to try out for a trivial competition. Unfortunately, even great success cannot change opinions of those who cannot see beyond the physical and mental disabilities that Melody carries with her. This is a fact that Melody is forced to face despite everything she accomplishes.
Out of My Mind is a brilliant novel, it takes the reader through the thought process and life of a cerebral palsy.