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Out of My Mind

(Out of My Mind #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  137,332 ratings  ·  15,815 reviews
Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom - the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell ...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Bushra I don't know. I feel like more adults/teens should read this book, as it covers a beautiful topic. Probably gets overlooked because it is not a high r…moreI don't know. I feel like more adults/teens should read this book, as it covers a beautiful topic. Probably gets overlooked because it is not a high reading level, but otherwise this book is amazing & emotional :)(less)

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Destinee Sutton
Many people love love love this book, so I'm going to skip the praise for now (you can read plenty of it elsewhere) and go straight to criticism:

1. The phrase "untouched in my hands" really bothers me. If a snowflake is melting in your hands, you've touched it. This line was probably meant to sound poetic but comes off as a failed metaphor to me.

2. I worry this book is dated already. Do kids in the year 2010 say "tight" anymore? I think Draper is trying to make Melody sound like an average kid
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I have a lot of say about this book. I had so many feels. I have cried and I have raged. BOOKS MAKE ME FEEL!


In this book we meet Melody. I'm going to write a good amount of excerpts about Melody.

*Melody had a pink wheelchair until she upgraded.
*Melody had a goldfish named Ollie until he jumped out of the bowl and died. (she got blamed)
*Melody got a dog she names Butterscotch by pointing at candy until her parents get it right.
*Melody has cerebral-palsy.
*Melody can't sp
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
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, heartfelt and beautiful story. ❤️ Melody is not like normal kids, she’s smarter and funnier and different. Yes, she has cerebral palsy, but that doesn’t define her. 🤔 Kids can be so darn mean, but the strength and humor Melody has, certainly was refreshing. This is definitely going to be a re-read with my kiddos! 🤗
This heartfelt story/audiobook about Melody Brooks, a ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, was recommended to me by Jim, a Goodreads friend. I'm very glad he did!

Check out all the "positives"!
(1) I enjoyed Melody's enlightening story about how she was unable to verbally express her intelligent, coherent thoughts, until she was provided with a MediTalker, an electronic device that aids her in communicating with others;
(2) I loved that Melody has an endearing support system - her family, her nei
April (Aprilius Maximus)
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. ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-of-series
Volunteering at my daughter’s high school library has its perks. Not only do I get to look at books all day, but I get to borrow. I was generifying the senior fiction section before Christmas when I found books on my list such as this one, and books by my Goodreads friends as well: Lynne Stringer and Adele Jones. Very exciting!

I see some weird judgemental reviews here on this book. This book educates. This book is fiction. This book shows us life is not always a cup of coffee easy. Is it?

This b
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
5 stars!

So I'm going to tell a little story first. My mother is a teacher, has been my entire life. When I was little and sick and couldn't go to preschool she would bring me to her class (a high school class at the time) and I would play with her students. I loved them, still do to this day.

When I began elementary school, that was the first time I ever heard the word "retarded" and it was aimed at students similar to my mother's. I went home and asked my mother if her students were different
Julie G (time traveling for a week)
This is my third middle grades read by Ms. Draper, and I will officially declare myself, and both of my daughters, fans of her writing.

We are also, all three of us, bewildered by what a hot mess her books can be.

Both this novel and Double Dutch are riddled with issues, though a more recent work, Stella by Starlight, is a far more polished offering, so maybe she's on her way, finally, with the editing she deserves.

It is almost bewildering to me that this 2010 award-winning novel was able to be p
Rabia Sultana
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Lisa Vegan
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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,
Tamar...playing hooky for a few hours today
I think this is by far one of the best books I have ever read. It’s up there with A Man Called Ove, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and even Ann of Green Gables – the only thing in common being how much I loved the character, and the supporting characters who helped the MCs overcome the obstacles that life has thrown in their path.

Melody was born with cerebral palsy. Her parents watch as other babies and children develop and Melody does not. She is ten years old and in fifth grade when she tell
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I have read in years. It's up there with the best books I've ever encountered. I had never read Sharon M. Draper before, but if she's able to even approach this incredible level of storytelling in her other books, then I was definitely missing out on something special.

Where do I start in describing a story of the power and magnitude that marks Out of My Mind? Melody is a fifth-grade girl who was born with cerebral palsy. Her body is crippled and she can do very little for
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Man. Kids can be such jerks.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Boy, I feel like a terrible person for not liking this book more, but it's just not doing it for me.

When I was in dental school, I did an externship at a famous hospital/educational facility that specializes in children and adults with special needs and medically complex developmental disabilities. I was there for a few months, and I worked on cases that I wouldn't have thought possible before. Most of my patients had cerebral palsy, and I was also lucky enough to study a few Lesch Nyhan syndro
Mariah Roze
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sharon M. Drapper is a fantastic writer! She always covers difficult topics and characters and does it with ease and pleasure to read. My goal is to eventually have read every book by her :)

"Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom - the very same classmat
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
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♛ may

This book was recommended to me by a dear goodreads friend. (You know who you are. ;))

Man, did I ever underestimate this book. Here I was thinking it’s going to be one of those cute middle school books that’s all la, la, la, la and sharing is caring, but damn, was I wrong.

Imagine living in a world where you cannot voice your thoughts? To me, that sounds incredibly exhausting. But that’s the life of eleven-year old Melody. Melody has cerebral palsy in other words, she cannot walk, talk, eat
Oct 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have never spoken one single word. I am almost eleven years old.

This has been on my TBR list for quite some time. Any time the book was mentioned, the cover art would spring into my mind. It was always right there on the sidelines. Now that the sequel Out of My Heart is about to be released I had that last push to read this one. It was a compelling story. I am so glad these books with nonverbal young people are being published. Even though we know better, we are still too judge someone by thei
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wish they had half stars! The book was a quick, easy read. Melody is an eleven year old girl Cerebral Palsy and just wants to fit in with the other "normal" kids. She is so smart but no one knows this because she cannot talk. Interesting character, rooted for her and her caring family through out the book. I hope kids reading this will rethink their kindness to kids with disabilities. Made me happy and sad and angry. ...more
Content Warning: Bullying, ableism, accident involving minor, usage of intellectual disability slurs.

I kept hearing that I would find this book to be deep and intense, but my goodness I don't think I anticipated what I read. While Out of My Mind is a little dated, I found the story to be beautiful and enlightening. Out of My Mind is a middle grade novel that focuses on the experiences of Melody who has cerebral palsy. Through the text the reader gets first hand insight to Melody's experiences a
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when i read this book, i am expecting chessey tear jearking kind of book. thats why it takes me so long to read this book.

but... i am surprise. it is not chessey at all. rather it is honest, heartwarming and innocent kind of book. the point of view is from 10 years old kind. and at the end i fall in love with melody.

i never think about words as much as it is now. even i am perferfectly capable talking, there are times where i am like melody. struggling with words. can not express my anger, my
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: award-winners
In much the same way that RJ Palacio's book, Wonder resonated, this book shines a similar light on a child with physical developmental problems: Melody is an eleven-year old girl, suffering from cerebral palsy. Her body is crippled, making it impossible for her to do virtually anything for herself, especially communicate all of the things happening in her much developed brain. She is a mop for facts and ideas, which eventually is discovered when two seminal events occur: first, she and her schoo ...more
Josie  J
I adore this book so much. Melody as a character is so well developed. It was so easy to fall in love with her narrative. I got frustrated when she was frustrated. I can't imagine how hard it is for her. My heart breaks a million times for her. This is one of the first books that I read and loved in my early reading "career". This book has stuck with me and I would happily recommend it to anyone and everyone who will listen. This is one of the first books I remember crying because of. The climax ...more
4.25 stars

This was such a uniquely written middle grade book. It’s from a perspective I’ve never read about and was inspiring and emotional.

Melody has CP and is in a wheelchair. She’s ten years old, intelligent and also non-verbal, as well as physically disabled. A lot of people look past Melody or think she’s mentally handicapped, which she is not. Until she gets the Medi-Talker… it changes everything for her.

Now, Melody is able to have the machine speak for her and able to express herself in
Kaitlin O
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book Out of my mind is the saddest book I've read, ever. I normally never cry when reading books but for this book I was balling. The main character is Melody who can't walk or move most of her body. She sometimes gets ignored and bullied by the way she looks and does things, but mostly by two girls Molly and Clair. They always leave Melody out and whisper and laugh even though Melody has perfect hearing. Melody can't talk though, she has i the biggest and brightest mind in her grade if not ...more
Melody Brooks is almost eleven years old, has a photographic memory and absolutely loves words. However, she also has very severe cerebral palsy and thus while she has all these words as well as a multitude of advanced ideas and concepts inside of her, she (being non verbal, being unable to speak) cannot get her ideas out and thus many people (including the majority of her teachers) consider her unintelligent and incapable of logical thought. A new type of computer which acts as Melody's voice, ...more
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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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