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Out of My Mind

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  35,188 ratings  ·  5,551 reviews
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 pres ...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Catriona Gunn No, Melody has cerebral palsy. She cannot do anything for herself but she can hear and, although she has visual perceptual problems, she can see. She…moreNo, Melody has cerebral palsy. She cannot do anything for herself but she can hear and, although she has visual perceptual problems, she can see. She learns by listening and looking and eventually gets a device a bit like Stephen Hawking's speech device so that she can talk.
If you want to understand what it is like to be very severely disabled but highly intelligent then this is a good book to start with.(less)
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Destinee Sutton
Many people love love love this book, so I'm going to skip the praise (you can read plenty of it elsewhere) and go straight to criticism:

1. The phrase "untouched in my hands" really bothers me. How can something be untouched if it's in your hands?

2. I worry this book is dated already. Do kids really say "tight" anymore? I know Draper is trying to make Melody sound like a real kid, but to my ears she sounds like an adult trying to sound like a kid. In fact, a lot of dialogue struck me as unreal
Claire Scott
Oh, man. I'm finding this book very difficult to write about. I really want to like this book. Before I was a librarian, I was a disability rights advocate; and of the many experiences that I had during those six years, one of the most intense and formative was supporting a young woman my age who had CP and was nonverbal. She was a client and then a friend, and much of our time together was spent supporting her to learn how to use a speech device to communicate in her own words. She passed away ...more
Rabia Sultana
The book "Out of my mind" by Sharon M. Draper has changed my view of how people view others. This book is the story of a girl who was born unable to speak, walk, write, or anything on her own. Ever since the day she's been born she's always been helped by someone,never able to do something on her, not even talk. She was always seen as the girl in the wheel cahir who couldn't do anything. So when Melody finally can do something on her, can even speak for the first time, why do people still look ...more
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I felt like a terrible person the entire time I read this book because I disliked it so much, especially since I think that it's an important book and a really thoughtful book in many ways. I was impressed with the author for writing a story from the perspective of someone with cerebral palsy, and thought she did a great job of expressing the difficulties of living with that condition. The intentions were good, but wow, I couldn't stand Melody. If someone talked like she does throughout the book ...more
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Kasey H
I just started reading Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper. It's a really great book because- well everything. Sharon does a great job of describing Melody, the main character, and her classmates. Melody sounds super nice, some of her friends are nice too, but some of them can't be so nice sometimes. Melody feels like she's trapped in a box. She can't talk, sit up strait, and can't move very well. Melody has a photographic memory, but she can't use it, or show anybody how smart she is! I could n ...more
I feel a bit heartless.

After reading all the Newbery-hype about Out of My Mind, I went into it expecting an absolutely life-changing book about cerebral palsy. After reading Ben Mikaelsen's horrendous Petey this past spring, I was certain Draper's treatment of the subject would be leaps and bounds above that drivel.

It is. And it isn't. (Mostly it is.)

Unlike my feelings about Petey, my emotions about this book are mixed - in the strictest sense of the word. For every element of the book I enjoyed
This is the best book that I have read in years. It's right up there near the same plane as the very best books that I have ever read. I had never read any book by Sharon M. Draper before this one, but I think that's about to undergo a major reversal. If she's able to even approach the incredible level that she has achieved in the making of this novel in anything else that she has done, then I want to experience it.

Where do I start in describing a story of the power and magnitude that marks Ou
Lisa Vegan
Jan 07, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every 8-12 year old kid, disabled kids & those who know them; all who work with the disabled
I highly recommend this book to everybody, but especially to disabled kids, kids who know disabled kids, anyone who works with disabled kids, especially non-verbal/speech impaired disabled people and people with cerebral palsy or similar neurological motor conditions.

This is an absolutely wonderful book that almost made my favorites shelf. It’s wickedly funny and brutally, wonderfully honest.

I’ve always enjoyed stories about special needs kids, special education, ill children, disabled children,
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Goodness this book is dreadful. Unrealistic, overly-sentimental, pure drivel. YUCK.

I am most bothered by the fact that Sharon Draper must really think very poorly of educators. Since EVERY SINGLE teacher (sans one, three paragraph, mention of a third grade teacher who liked to play books on tape for Melody) is a HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING. Not even bad awful, horrible, despicable people. Where did these people go to school? Where are the occupational therapist? Where is her case-worker
This is a novel about a 11 year old girl named Melody. Who is mentally disabled cannot run, walk or even talk. She has these momentes called tornado momentes, where her arms and legs randomley swing about when shes mad. She also has a wonderious ability to see colors when listening to music. When she also makes the academic team, everyone thinks that shes "dumb" so she shouldn`t particapate. When she gets her team to the championship match she is really exited............. TO BE CONTINUED
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Frances W.

I'm currently reading the book Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. Each chapter in this book tells about a different story in Melody's life. One of the chapters is about getting a dog or all of her classmates in her class room (a special classroom for kids with disabilities). My favorite chapter, though, is one where she gets to go into a real classroom! I started to cry because of what children said to her, some were nice and others were mean. This can sort of relate to me, when I first m
Tenille Shade
The opening lines of this book captured my attention.

"Words.I’m surrounded by thousands of words. Maybe millions. Cathedral, Mayonnaise. Pomegranate.Mississippi. Neapolitan. Hippopotamus.Silky. Terrifying. Iridescent. Tickle. Sneeze. Wish. Worry.

Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes—each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my hands.
Deep within me, words pile up in huge drifts. Mountains of phrases and sentences and connected ideas. Clever expressions. Jokes.
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Praise for Sharon M. Draper's Out of My Mind:
You have a girl, Melody, who has Cerebral Palsy, and all the world's knowledge in her head. She has a photographic memory, synthesesia, and also remembers every word spoken to her, and every scene of her life. But nobody knows. She's trapped inside her own head; and it's driving her crazy.
Spending every day at Spaulding Elementary, every kid thinks her head is a blank. She wants to tell them that it's not; she wants to show them that she'
Jennifer Wardrip
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Sharon M. Draper is one of my favorite authors. Her books usually focus on high school characters living through high school problems. OUT OF MY MIND heads in a different direction. The main character is faced with the daily struggle of living with severe cerebral palsy. Draper takes readers into a world most can't even come close to imagining.

Melody is trapped not only in a wheelchair but also in her own body. She has very little c
Shlea Thé
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING AND PERFECT!! It was soooo inspirational! <3
Melody is an OUTSTANDING, INTELLGENT, and KIND fictional character that I absolutely LOVED!! I love everything about Melody and learning more about her life and the difficulties she has to face made me respect her more. Melody is such a strong and powerful character that has really influenced me and hit me right in the heart!!
I HATED most of the her inclusion classmates! They are so cruel and I wanted to punch Claire, Molly, an
Sad. So veary inspirational.
Fede Valotta

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No sé si fui al único que le pasó esto, pero OJALÁ que este libro se diera de forma obligatoria en la secundaria, creo que es un libro que le aportaría mucho a un chico adolescente que tal vez no entienda a la otra persona. Sinceramente es un libro hermoso y creo que debería ser lectura obligatoria para todo el mundo...yo por lo pronto voy a intentar convencer a mi mamá de que lo lea...

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This is one of my #1 favourite books EVER.
I am in 5th grade AAP/GT and this is a great book.
It is exiting, sad, suspenseful, interesting and heartbreaking at the same time.
I want to read this over and over forever.
I liked it so much that it took me just over a day to finish.
I was glued to it and that was almost all I did for that day and a bit.
This is definitely in my top 5 Favourite books.
I would love to be able to write a great review, but in moments like this I remember that my first tonge is spanish... right now all I can say is that:

Let me begin this review by saying that I did not read this book, my 11 year old daughter did.

I avoided this book like the plague because I knew it would make me feel too much- hurt too much.

Out of My Mind is on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award list for 6th-8th grade 2011. All I knew about it before my daughter read it was that it was about a girl with a disability. I tend to avoid books that have the power to deeply sadden...or let's say I put them off for a while. My daughter was 7 pag
I'm of two minds with this book. On the one hand it's a nicely written story about an eleven year old girl with cerebral palsy who is bright and perceptive, but who is living a life of frustration because she can't speak or communicate in a meaningful way. Sharon Draper does a great job showing Melody's longing to be like the other kids who can run around at recess and share secrets with their friends and participate in life. She also does a wonderful job writing about the snarkiness of fifth gr ...more
Melody is not like other eleven-year-old girls. She can see colors and words in ways most kids can't and she loves language and learning and can remember everything, like she's recording information. But no matter how much Melody loves learning and how many words she knows, Melody cannot speak.

This is an incredible story from the perspective of a young girl with CP, touching on what it feels like to be an intelligent girl who has trouble trying to communicate with her family, teachers, and frie
Melody is an 11 year old with cerebral palsy. She has no control of her muscles except in her thumbs and she is unable to speak, however she is extremely bright and has a photographic memory.

Melody's parents, next door neighbor, and a couple of teachers are her champions. But as would be expected of one with high intelligence with so much info stored and not being able to express it, she is frustrated in most of the time until a computer is designed which allows her to have a voice.

Draper uses
Wow, what a powerful book. I love Melody and how she expresses her feelings (in her mind). I love how Draper wrote the characters of her classmates, very realistic. This book made me question many things, including how I teach students with special needs. For that, I am grateful. Every teacher should have to read this book. Amazing.
Really amazing book about a girl who has cerebral palsy and has never been able to speak. While her disease has left her with a body that is completely incapable of caring for itself, her mind is 100% functioning. Not only that, she has eidetic memory, which means that she remembers everything. The frustrating thing? She has no way of communicating with others in order to prove her intelligence. This is a really beautiful story of a 10 year old girl who perseveres through frustrations that I can ...more
This is such an amazing book that I just want to re-read it again!
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Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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“Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes-each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my hands.” 39 likes
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