Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

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24 Critic Reviews

This book is rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.
 

About Sharon Draper

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Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and is a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.
 
Published March 4, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 308 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Out of My Mind
All: 24 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Feb 15 2010

This book is rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by MythicalWorldHunter on Feb 03 2016

This book is beautifully crafted and written with understanding for those people who have disabilities. The description and the story are well thought out and there are parts that make you cry and parts that make you laugh.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by El Camino Academy 6th Grade on Jul 09 2014

Through her book I could imagine every character just as she described them. I recommend this book to kids who enjoy realistic fiction.

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Alison Skap on Jan 13 2012

It may not give you the whole picture of the challenges a family like Melody's faces each and every day, but it will give you an appreciation for the victories that most of us take for granted. Put OUT OF MY MIND in the hands of your children!

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Shelf Awareness

Good
Reviewed by Shelf Awareness on Dec 01 2010

It’s impossible to close this book without thinking about the world differently.

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Novel Novice

Good
Reviewed by Sara on Jan 07 2011

There is enough happiness in the book so that you don’t feel super sad, but enough sadness so that you appreciate what you have.

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The Broke and the Bookish

Good
Reviewed by Tahleen on Feb 08 2012

Out of My Mind not only is a great book to read if you're looking for the perspective of someone physically disabled, whether you use it in a classroom or suggest it to a library patron, it also is just a great book to read, period.

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Ex Libris

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Apr 08 2011

Read this. It's truly a wonderful book that will change how you view people. A must-have for classrooms too.

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Mental Foodie

Below average
Reviewed by Christa on Jan 01 2011

Some characters may be a bit too simplistic or stereotypical, but I have to keep in mind that I am not their target audience.

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Reading Junky

Good
Reviewed by Readingjunky on Mar 14 2010

Sharon Draper captures the frustration Melody faces every moment of every day.

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Her Life With Books

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Tackett on Dec 17 2011

I did not expect Sharon Draper’s Out Of My Mind to keep me tethered to the couch the day I picked it up. It was one of those books you speed through, finish and say…“woah.”

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Eva's Book Addiction

Below average
Reviewed by Eva M on Oct 25 2010

Some circumstances seemed a bit contrived - for instance, a dramatic and scary scene involving Melody's sister feels unnecessary, and the obligatory mean girls never rise above stereotypes.

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Great Kid Books

Good
Reviewed by Mary Scheuer on Jan 29 2011

This story helped me develop more empathy for others trapped in similar situations.

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Warren County Living

Good
Reviewed by Warren County on May 01 2012

This is more than a book about a girl with special needs. It holds up a mirror for all of us to see how we react to people with disabilities that make us uncomfortable.

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Second Childhood

Good
Reviewed by Heather Godbout on Dec 22 2010

Draper's portrayal of Melody and her experiences feels all the more authentic for not turning out picture perfect. 

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Voiceless in America

Good
Reviewed by Ms. Hakes on Jun 25 2012

Draper delivers a modern day Helen Keller tale.

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Stacking Books

Below average
Reviewed by Shannon Mawhiney on Jun 10 2012

I hate to give up on books, and I don't often do it, but I could not take this book seriously. ... Melody very rarely sounded like a child.

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Jenny's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on Apr 27 2012

My favorite thing about Out of My Mind is that is is chock full of lessons without being preachy.

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Mediapprentice

Good
Reviewed by Mediapprentice on Mar 13 2012

Out of My Mind is an excellent addition to any school’s collection of books that help students understand differences.

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What All the Kids Are Reading

Good
Reviewed by TisforTonya on Sep 25 2011

Parents aren't perfect - I like that this book allows the parents to have flaws but shows them still trying rather than giving up on their daughter.

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Teen Writers Blog

Good
Reviewed by Caela Carter on May 26 2011

Out of My Mind is a fascinating look at the power of language and how even it can be trumped by the power of a truly great human spirit. Melody, Draper’s main character and narrator, is a hero.

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Teaching Your High Schooler

Good
Reviewed by Carol on Dec 04 2010

Some of the passages are quite poetic, especially when Melody describes how words feel to her, or how she associates music with different colors.

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Literature for Lunch

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Oct 18 2010

Sharon Draper gives a voice to those who are voiceless, like those individuals at the Saint Joseph Home, in her extraordinary book, Out of My Mind.

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Bookish Blather

Good
Reviewed by Angela Craft on Apr 06 2010

This book is filled with moments of happiness and tragedy.

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