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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  119,872 ratings  ·  14,613 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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Catherine Another vote for Wonder by RJ Palacio. You can follow those up with Pluto and the Julian Chapters.

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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)
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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. How can something be untouched if it's in your hands?

2. I worry this book is dated already. Do kids in the year 2010 really say "tight" anymore? I know Draper is trying to make Melody sound like a real kid, but to me she sounds like an adult trying to sound like a kid. In fact, a lot of dialogue
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
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
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
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
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
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  (not getting friends updates) 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,
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
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Man. Kids can be such jerks.
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
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
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
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
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
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: excellent-reads
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper - 5/5 stars.

Have you ever felt like an outcast and all you want to be is normal just for a day even if that's what everyone around you tells you that you're better off without being normal?

Let me begin with saying that I really enjoyed this book so much! The whole disabled aspect brought light to my eyes for the first time. I've never once had a second thought to someone with a disability and I openly admit that I never believed that they were as intellectually
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cerebral-palsy
As someone born with cerebral palsy, I find that some of the things which are in this book hits close to home. The things she yearns for, particularly the one wherein Melody desires to have the ability to fly like Superman. Imagine, having such ability, you can go anywhere at any time. Her desire to be "Normal" just like everyone is super relatable. The question is what is the real essence of being normal? I've asked that question from a lot of people, including myself and we just seem not get a ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad story of a brilliant young girl whose body does not reflect what is happening in her mind. It was a bit of a mix of Wonder and The View From Saturday. The book is very honest, and captures the ups and downs of Melody's life, as well as that of her family. I did feel like, as observant as Melody was, we didn't get a lot of details about the parents or her schoolmates as we went along that would have helped us understand their reactions to things, but other than that ...more
Kasey H
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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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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