Out of My Mind

By: Sharon Draper

What is it about?

Melody, the main character, has a disability called Cerebral Palsy, that makes it so she cannot talk or really move, besides a nod once in a while and moving her hands a little. She gets really frustrated when she has something to say but she cant say it . This story is about how she lives through this everyday and how one little machine changed her life forever.

Character Traits

Melody is super smart, caring and brave. Although no one knows it, she has been taking everything in for 11 years and has learned a lot. She is caring because she doesn't just think of herself and always wants to make other people happy.


The theme of the story is that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Just because melody couldn't talk doesn't mean that she wasn't smart and she doesn't have her own thoughts and she is someone .


  • “Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes-each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my hands.”
  • “I believe in me. And my family does. And Mrs. V. It's the rest of the world I'm not so sure of.”
  • “She talked to me like I was just like any other student, not a kid in a wheelchair.”
  • “A person is so much more than the name of a diagnosis on a chart.”