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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  44,264 ratings  ·  6,710 reviews
From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.

If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it. (Denver Post).

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everyth
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Hardcover, 295 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Catherine Another vote for Wonder by RJ Palacio. You can follow those up with Pluto and the Julian Chapters.

Your son might also enjoy reading about Helen…more
Another vote for Wonder by RJ Palacio. You can follow those up with Pluto and the Julian Chapters.

Your son might also enjoy reading about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. There are loads of books about them. The one I loved at age 9 was called Helen Keller's Teacher by Margaret Davidson. (less)
Paige I'm not sure. I actually over looked it myself, until someone recommend this book to me. I guess the cover looked sort of plain so it didn't catch my…moreI'm not sure. I actually over looked it myself, until someone recommend this book to me. I guess the cover looked sort of plain so it didn't catch my attention to much... I guess that's where "never judge a book by its cover" comes from. (less)
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1st out of 147 books — 514 voters
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Mock Newbery 2010/2011
1st out of 95 books — 209 voters


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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
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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
Ann
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
Shawna
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Joe
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
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Julia
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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
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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Josiah
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
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Donalyn
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D.
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 teachers...like awful, horrible, despicable people. Where did these people go to school? Where are the occupational therapist? Where is her case-worker
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Nathaniel
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
Ryan
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Frances W.
2/8/13

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
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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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Ali Mac
VERY GOOD!

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'
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Shlea
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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Kevin Kretz
I love this book. But, the one star wasn't an accident. I strongly disliked it. For the world it forced me to visualize, and for the kids it forced me to judge prematurely. I still have no idea what's up with Claire, and why some other things happen. I strongly disliked it for what it forced me to do in real life. The book itself is great. I love it. But, the everything that happened messed it up for me. Some part of me loved it, and the other part disliked it for something. I don't know why.
Flor
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Este es un libro que, si bien me gustó muchísimo, no logró cautivarme como pensé que iba a hacerlo. Fue una lectura hermosa con personajes entrañables, y poco a poco me fue metiendo dentro de la historia, me fue haciendo amiga de Melody. ¡Y qué amiga!
Adriana
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:

I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Ethan
Sad. So veary inspirational.
Laura V.
3,5/5

Me gusta el enfoque: Las potencialidades de Melody.

No son páginas tras páginas de lo mal que lo pasa Melody, de lo terrible que es no poder hablar ni moverse. Melody tiene un gran espíritu, y ficticio o no, a veces nos olvidamos de que esas personas que vemos sentadas en una silla de ruedas viven, respiran, piensan y sienten. Y por eso, en parte, me gusta el libro. Es mirar lo que le hace esas miradas, es saber qué piensa cuando decimos un comentario estúpido, quizás no malicioso, pero ¿se
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J.F.
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
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Amy
I read this for my 10 year old's school book club.

I've read through a lot of reviews for this book and find myself agreeing with many of the negative comments ..
*the slang sounds like an adult trying to sound like a kid
*unbelievable that Melody didn't already have a computer
*characters were one-dimensional
*Penny's part at the end felt tacked on and didn't add anything to the story

BUT!

Despite those few negative comments I was hooked on the story from start to finish. It gave me great insight int
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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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Jaymee
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Fee-Ren
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER!!!

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 LOVED THIS BOOK!!!
Suzanne
This book was hard for me to put down. It gets the obvious comparisons to Wonder but I think it is truly strong enough to stand on it's own. Reading with Mother/Daughter bookclub...I think this is one that the Moms should for sure read and have discussions. No one is all good and no one is all bad...we are all imperfect in some way and perfect in others.
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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.” 54 likes
“What would you do if you could fly?" Mrs. V asks as she glances from the bird to me.
"Is that on the quiz?" I ask, grinning as I type.
"I think we've studied just about everything else." Mrs. V chuckles.
"I'd be scared to let go," I type.
"Afraid you'd fall?" she asks.
"No. Afraid it would feel so good, I'd just fly away.”
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