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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 them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow. In this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

Out of My Mind

by Sharon M. Draper

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Wow.  What more is there to say?  Author Sharon M. Draper singlehandedly instigated a paradigm shift for me with her middle grade novel, Out of My Mind.  The protagonist, Melody, has cerebral palsy and at the age of eleven has never been able to speak a word.  However, the reader comes to truly know Melody and that within a broken body is a brave soul and a perfect mind that observes everything around her and retains it.


This is a powerful and poignant book stuffed with authentic characters ranging from Melody and her family to the teachers and school mates that interact with her.  Everyone, yes--everyone, should read this book and see the world through the eyes of Melody.  You will never be the same.

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Profanity/Language:  None


Violence/Gore:  There is a report of a car accident; a character is involved in an accident, no details.


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Cerebral palsey, discrimination, physical disabilities/handicaps

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Reviewed By Cindy
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