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Out of My Mind

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  48,245 ratings  ·  7,183 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
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
Juliana Zapata
Cuando empecé este libro no tenía idea de que iba la trama, y me sorprendió mucho enterarme de que la protagonista que es quien cuenta la historia tuviera parálisis cerebral y que no moviera en absoluto su cuerpo.

Aunque la historia de Melody, es dura, trágica, injusta y en algunas escenas muy cruel; la autora logró que el lector no sintiera lástima por la protagonista, que leyera su historia e intentara ser fuerte y luchar junto a Melody

La historia está lejos de ser una guía o manual para person
I can't even begin to explain the importance of this book and how it has the power to influence so many people in how they treat others. I honestly don't even have words to describe my feelings for this book just yet, but once I do, I plan on screaming them from the rooftops so that everyone reads this book.
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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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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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
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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,
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
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 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
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 ...more
Om Manghani
Wow, this one was good.

I loved how well this book was written, at a level that engaged not only me, but I am sure anyone, no matter how old who reads this book. Even though I was not conscious of it, I was being sucked in, and found myself reading 100-150 pages in one sitting.

I loved how connected this is to Wonder, and all of the connections that I was able to make between the two books. Auggie and Melody were very similar, although I feel that this book followed a much different path than Wo
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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.
Ali Mac

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'
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:

Sad. So veary inspirational.
Paula Guinto
So yeah, I reach the end of this book and I'm crying like a sixth grader disinvited to the biggest party of the summer. To top it off, I'm in a starbucks sniffling beside two business guys talking about who knows what. Let me see, where do I begin? Okay, language and plot wise- this is an easy book to read. It will go fast, Draper's writing feels young and extremely accessible. Perfect for a binge read. What's hard is how well she also lets us in the mind of a girl genius with synesthesia and a ...more
J.F. Sanborn
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
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
I just finished reading this book and it is one of my favourite books so far this year. It had a very deep message about acceptance, and seeing the greater better you. The ending was really sad but I think that was done purposely by the author to show that it doesn't necessarily have to turn out okay and sometimes you just have to keep fighting for a better day.
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


Despite those few negative comments I was hooked on the story from start to finish. It gave me great insight int
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.
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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!
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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.” 63 likes
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