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Out of My Mind (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Out of My Mind (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Sharon M. Draper

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Possessing a photographic memory in spite of an inability to walk or speak, Melody is mistaken as mentally challenged by those who cannot see beyond her cerebral palsy, impelling her to discover a way to communicate. By the two-time Coretta Scott King-winning author.


Possessing a photographic memory in spite of an inability to walk or speak, Melody is mistaken as mentally challenged by those who cannot see beyond her cerebral palsy, impelling her to discover a way to communicate. By the two-time Coretta Scott King-winning author.

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Turtleback Books
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5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
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10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

A full-time educator as well as a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, Sharon Draper is an accomplished author of young-adult books who has been recognized by the White House for her extraordinary work. Out of My Mind, which features a protagonist with cerebral palsy, has won dozens of awards and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years.

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Out of My Mind 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1346 reviews.
smaikens More than 1 year ago
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.
Flamingnet More than 1 year ago
Imagine having a photographic memory, imagine being extremely smart..... Well that's exactly how eleven year old Melody is except there is one problem, she can't talk or walk. Every day she goes to school to a special class for kids that have problems and every day they go over the alphabet. For her, though, she is past just learning the alphabet. Melody belongs in advanced classes but she has no way of letting anyone know that. Doctors and experts diagnosed her with cerebral palsy and insisted that she wasn't capable of learning. Little did they know she is destined to prove them wrong. With a little help from a friend and a lot of hope, Melody finds what she's been looking for all her life. She will prove to the world what she can accomplish. I've never read any of Sharon Draper's books before, but what caught my eye on this book was the cover. It is very interesting how the fish is jumping out of its bowl and it goes very well with the title. The characters were written very well and sometimes I found myself getting frustrated with some of Melody's problems. I started worrying if it would end okay. Even though it had some sad parts I really enjoyed reading Out of My Mind. I would recommend this for kids 11 and up. Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer Flamingnet Book Reviews Teen books reviewed by teen reviewers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing and inspiring story of a girl overcoming a desise. It tells us that even though people might be diffrent they can do great things.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it was so sweet but so sad. Its a really really really great book and it also just so interesting. I recommend it for readers of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will make you cry, laugh, and will never let you put it down. A great read for 10 - 13 year olds, espesially girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ever. This a truly inspiring story. It shows that help from people who care about can help you accomplish anything you try to do.
Anomalous More than 1 year ago
I was a little hesitant at first when I bought this book. Now I am glad that I didn't back out! This story is very touching and moving. Instead of being a sappy, sad story, it was encouraging and I was cheering Melody onward. What I also love about this book is that the author really gave a voice for those with cerebral palsy. There is a unique perspective, and I admit that I have felt guilty while reading this book on acting as one of those people who are 'scared' of people with her condition. There's no reason to feel awkward anymore, and I think it is a book that all young readers must read (perhaps as a classroom book) so they are open to discuss it with others and remember this story when it comes to meeting other people with 'odd' conditions and characteristics.
Courtney Midthun More than 1 year ago
I read the free sample and I loved it.It is about this girl that is disabled. It is sad but itis still good.
3240 More than 1 year ago
i recommend this book to kids whom looking for boosters in young diasabled kids lives a great book for sportmenship
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent even finished the book but it is already amazing. To be placed in the shoes of a disabled student really changes my view on them. It is an amazing book and i'm sure all ages would love it. I had always thought they had it pretty easy but now reading this i can see they have pretty much the same problems as normal people. It is amazing and if i could i would tell everyone in the galaxy to read it. Congratulations Sharon M Draper!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read. It is very relatable, the characters are very well developed, the story is absolutley fantastic and it is incredibly well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was well-written and enjoyable. The perspective of the main character kept me looking at things from a different point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im in 6th grade and doesnt have a lot oof good senceof picking books. But when I read this book I instatly fell in love! This is NOT A WASTE OF YOU TIME AND MONEY!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will truely touch your heart. If you know someone who is disabled this book is for you. The world would be a better place if everyone reads this book. Literally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book. Its so good its making me go out of my mind ha ha. I found the book at my schools book fair its just so good. I llllllllooooooovvvvvvvvveeeeee it absolutly love it. I would go out of my mind if was melody . Shes so smart but all the smarts are stuck in her wrighting this revew is macking me teer up .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a pretty tuff sixth grader but as i read this my eyes started to water i know i sound old saying that but its true it is actually true that book made me think alot differently about challenged people and did i mention i almost cried me cried i feel pitiful it is a spectacular book and i am mad at myself for reading it all in one day
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truely insprational. All of my friends loced it. It was a gripping ride with Melody on her road to living her life and everyone earing an listening to her. Fantastic novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great its a sunshine state book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book melody is disabled and has so much to say. She is almost 11 i think and has never spoken a single word.everyone at school thinks she is so dumb. She finds a add for a special device and uses it to talk! The first thing she saud to her parents was i love you! She is super smart and gets to be on a special team i think. They get to compete agansit each other and her team wins!!!!! They win a trip i think and...... they leave without her. Her heart was crushed if you wanna kniw qhat happens you got to finish the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved "Out of my Mind" !!! The events in this book left me both sad and angry. I was sad because of the way people treated this amazing young girl who was trapped inside an uncooperative body. Melody has cerebral palsy and is always underestimated. Sharon's descriptive writing allowed me to put myself in Melody's place and really experience how she was feeling. I could relate some of her troubles to my own life-- being underestimated, being judged after something happened that I couldn't control. I was so glad I read this book because it changed the way I look at people, especially disabled people. When Melody's fish jumped out of its bowl, she knocked over the tank to give it water. Her mother thought she pushed over the bowl on purpose, either because she didn't know what she was doing or because Melody is unable to control her limbs. I felt very sorry for Melody because of this and that she could not explain to her mother what happened. One of my favorite parts was when Melody got her Medi-Talker and was able to communicate with everyone. I was brought to tears when Melody missed her plane to Washington,D.C. for the Whiz Kids competition since there was a storm and their 12:00 flight was cancelled. None of the other students or parents even notified her that they were having breakfast together and going to the airport early because they thought she would take too long to feed and get ready. They were able to catch an early flight and no one called Melody. This book is great for almost all ages and I truly enjoyed it. I would recommend "Out of my Mind" to everyone I know. It was such a great read and I was extremely impressed by Sharon Draper's ability to get across such great emotion to the reader. You should read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was AMAZING!!! It was about a ten year old who has a disability where she can barely move a thumb or talk. She one day discovers a machine that allows her to talk. Pretty soon everyone sees how bright she is. Dont listen to anyone else its so good and NEVER boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book sososo sooooo much! If there were more than five stars ti rate this book with, than i would rate it a million stars. SO GOOD(SERIOUSLY)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever it really got my attention from the beggining lov it Hit yes if u agree!!!