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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
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Apr 09, 10

bookshelves: children-s-fiction, mocknewbery
Read from March 29 to April 08, 2010

Eleven year old Melody is the brightest kid in her class with a photographic memory. Yet she's in a special ed classroom. No one is aware of her brilliance, as Melody is unable to speak, write or walk due to cerebral palsy. Once she gets a high-tech communication device, how will those around her react to her new voice?

Mixed reactions on this one. It's inspired by Draper's own experience raising a special needs child, and convincingly depicts Melody's daily challenges as well as how the world responds to her. I can see it being used successfully in a classroom as there is much potential for discussion. I've heard it thrown around as a possible Newbery contender, to which I respectfully disagree. I personally found the writing style and characters to be rather flat, and not highly "distinguished." I wanted to completely love it, but will settle for being happy that this type of book exists.

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