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Most Helpful Favorable Review

172 out of 184 people found this review helpful.

Emotionally gripping

I was emotionally overwhelmed by Out of My Mind, a middle grade novel by Sharon Draper. This is the story of Melody, a 10 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy so severe that she can neither speak nor move independently. Trapped inside Melody's uncooperative body is a brill...
I was emotionally overwhelmed by Out of My Mind, a middle grade novel by Sharon Draper. This is the story of Melody, a 10 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy so severe that she can neither speak nor move independently. Trapped inside Melody's uncooperative body is a brilliant mind with a cutting wit. Melody is relegated to a classroom of special needs kids because she can't communicate & her teachers assume that she is also mentally handicapped. Her world suddenly opens up when she gets a computer with a voice program that allows her to speak. Unfortunately, the rest of the school is not ready to accept Melody. I cheered for Melody while I read this book as I sat at my kitchen table. The conversations she has with her parents and caregivers about being different are gut-wrenching. Melody knows exactly how she is perceived by other kids and adults, including teachers. The conversations between Melody's parents as they comtemplate the birth of their 2nd child moved me to tears. This is more than a book about a girl with special needs. It holds up a mirror for all of us to see how we react to people with disabilities that make us uncomfortable. I encourage everyone to read this.

posted by smaikens on October 18, 2011

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26 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

I Highly Recomend This Book

This girl named Melody has a disease. She remembers every word anyone has ever said to or around her. She has never spoken a word in her life and she is eleven years old. She wants to talk so bad because she has a lot to say. She just can't get anything to come out.
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This girl named Melody has a disease. She remembers every word anyone has ever said to or around her. She has never spoken a word in her life and she is eleven years old. She wants to talk so bad because she has a lot to say. She just can't get anything to come out.
She was in 5th grade and nobody thought she was smart or important. Then one day the nurse that helps her while she's at school finds this program on the internet that helps people with the same kind of disease as Melody. So her mom got her one of those computer type things that Melody's nurse found for her. The first thing that she said when she got it was "I love you" to her mom and dad. So now, at school she tried out for the academic team. No one thought she was going to do well on the test to try to make it on the team, but she ended up making the best grade out of the whole class. Everyone was shocked.
This book achieves a goal by telling a story about a girl who some people think are stupid just because she has a disease and she's in a wheelchair. It achieves this goal by Melody being one of the smartest kids in her school. She's in a wheelchair and she has a disease but she's still very smart, so that's how the book achieved this goal. They are proving that people with diseases and people that are in wheelchairs can be smarter than you think.
She ended up being on the Academic type team. She helped them out tremendously. They ended up going to finals. The finals were in Washington D.C. On the day of the competition, Melody and her family got up that morning and went to the airport and when they got there, they found out that all the flights had been cancelled. Her team mates had left her behind. They got on the last flight before all of them were cancelled and didn't call her and tell her that they were leaving.
This book is a very good book. It is sad but it is also life changing because it makes you look at people with diseases like this in a totally different way. You will think of them as being even more like you then you did before.

posted by GVSreading on October 4, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Awsome

    This book was amazing

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Not best

    I forced myself through the book. I did finish it, but I felt like the only good part was the endung of the book. I recommend this book for kids. I feel like it had a good moral.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Dont read

    Boring. Got halfway thru the book and stopped reading it.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 11, 2013

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