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Out of My Mind | [Sharon M. Draper]

Out of My Mind

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory that makes her the brightest kid in her school. Unfortunately, her teachers and doctors don’t believe she can even learn. Unable to talk, walk, or write, she longs to tell what she thinks and knows. Trapped inside her own mind, she finally discovers how to “speak.” And yet some may not be ready to hear her voice.
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Publisher's Summary

From Coretta Scott King Award winner and ALA Best Book honoree Sharon M. Draper comes Out of My Mind, a compelling tale of heartache and hope.

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory that makes her the brightest kid in her school. Unfortunately, her teachers and doctors don’t believe she can even learn. Unable to talk, walk, or write, she longs to tell what she thinks and knows. Trapped inside her own mind, she finally discovers how to “speak.” And yet some may not be ready to hear her voice.

©2010 Sharon Draper (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Tim United States 10-15-11
    Tim United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are always pending.

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    "I have CP"

    As a person with Cerebral Palsy, I could relate to the main character as I listened to this book. I too had the same difficulties being accepted from my peers when I was growing up. The doctors also told my parents that it would be too hard for them to raise me and it would be best to put me in a home. I too speak through a communication device and exceeded in school by being mainstream.

    The author really did her homework at what is like being disable, the embarrassment that one might face due to their disability and being socially accepted. I can only guess that Sharon Draper got her motivation from her own personal experience. Maybe she has a friend who is disable or a family member who has Cerebral Palsy, because "Out of My Mind" was very accurate from what it is like to be handicap.

    One cannot be this well informed, just by spending time at a hospital or in a group home. They must be involved in the individual lives to understand at what they are going through. My friends and family could had wrote this book about me.

    The author did an excellent job at explaining what it like to have Cerebral Palsy without the medical terms.

    This book was an easy read and I am grateful this title is out there for everyone to enjoy and be educated.

    The ending was a bit over the top, but it could happen.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    ROBERT BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 05-05-13
    ROBERT BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Really makes you think"

    Read this at the request of my daughter, and very glad I did. Wonderful narrative that evokes a spectrum of emotion and really makes you think. Four stars instead of five only because I thought it ended a little too abruptly - felt a bit unfinished.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    leah United States 05-29-13
    leah United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Every parent and Teacher should read"

    This book was an eye opener. Just because you are in a wheelchair doesn't mean you cant do something. Melody showed that if you put your mind to it anything is possible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen United States 11-12-12
    Ellen United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good for children and adults"
    If you could sum up Out of My Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Eye opening read


    What did you like best about this story?

    Going inside the mind of someone we normally wouldn't hear from.


    What does Sisi Aisha Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a great reading style and I felt like I was listening to the character not just being read a story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 12-09-13
    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect Voice for Melody"

    This is an enchanting & thoughtful book. The narrator is absolutely perfect for Melody & that makes the story even better. It makes you think about how you live your life, what you can do & how you do it. A must listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Balmoral, Manitoba, Canada 09-24-12
    Janet Balmoral, Manitoba, Canada 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly reccomend this book to anyone who works with special needs children. It will give you a new understanding of their thinking which in some cases you might not think exists. It changed my thinking! This book was written with so much compassion and understanding - it totally amazed me. I am a school librarian and every time I read a teaser of this book at least three students will ask to take it out. Thank you Ms. Draper for writing this book!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Saline, MI, United States 06-25-12
    Heather Saline, MI, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing story and thoughtfully written!"

    Thank you Sharon Draper for writing an honest, thoughtful, humorous story that takes us into the world of someone with disability!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Valley Village, CA, United States 09-05-10
    Lisa Valley Village, CA, United States 09-05-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Perfect narrator!"

    This story is told in the voice of a 5th grade girl and Sisi Johnson gets it absolutely right. I highly recommend this as a great book for a family, or especially for young people in grades 4 and up. The author helps you to see the world through the eyes of a disabled child who is very intelligent but can't speak--and it can really change the way people see and treat others with disabilities.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey White Bear, MN 12-31-11
    Audrey White Bear, MN 12-31-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Read."
    If you could sum up Out of My Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent, Insightful and Enthralling


    What other book might you compare Out of My Mind to and why?

    The Outsiders due to the intro/retrospection and the way in which it's told from a 'beyond one's age' wisdom yet is true to the youthful nature of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Sisi Aisha Johnson – was your favorite?

    Melody, Conner, Mrs V., Claire, (Ok, all of them!) An absolutely outstanding narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is a very touching story and the narrator truly brings it to life. There couldn't be a better reader for this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Awesome story."
    If you could sum up Out of My Mind in three words, what would they be?

    I would say.....take the time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of My Mind?

    My class and I loved when she won the first quiz bowl.


    Have you listened to any of Sisi Aisha Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not listened to any other audios.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she first got her medi talker.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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