Out Of my Mind

by: Sharon M Draper


Written by: Sharon M Draper

Published on: March 9, 2010

ISBN: 9780784837801

Genre: Realistic Fiction


New York Times best seller list

Josette Frank Award

2011 IRA teachers choice book

2011 IRA young adults choice

best book of the year

outstanding children book 2011


Out Of My Mind is the story of Melody, a 10 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy so severe that she can neither speak nor move independently. Melody is trapped inside her uncooperative body that actually has a brilliant mind. Melody is put into a classroom of special needs kids because she can't communicate what is going on in her head. Her world suddenly opens up when she gets a computer with a voice program that allows her to speak for the first time. Unfortunately, the rest of the school is not ready to accept Melody. I was cheering for Melody while I read this book. The conversations she has with her parents and caregivers about being different are gut-wrenching. Melody knows exactly how she is perceived by other kids and adults, including teachers. The conversations between Melody's parents as they contemplate the birth of their second child made me very sad. This is more than a book about a girl with special needs. Its for all of us to see how we react to people with disabilities that make us uncomfortable. I think it is for ages from 12-any age. I encourage everyone to read this.
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