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
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
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.
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.
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.
Eye opening read
Going inside the mind of someone we normally wouldn't hear from.
She has a great reading style and I felt like I was listening to the character not just being read a story.
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!
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!
Thank you Sharon Draper for writing an honest, thoughtful, humorous story that takes us into the world of someone with disability!
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.
This book might be okay for a young child, though I doubt the child would stay interested.
I have enjoyed YA fiction, but this book was annoying and lacking.
The voice of the reader grated on my nerves in a big way. The high-pitched voice - I forced myself to finish this one, through gritted teeth.
I don't know that I would cut any characters, but ALL of the characters were flat. Even Melody - I would think that for a book that SHOULD have had a lot of substance, it would not have been hard to create characters with more depth. Alas, all of the characters were shallow and one-dimensional. The story telling was extremely rudimentary. And I really failed to see the point in the end - Melody's classmates sucked, as well as the principal, and in the end, that was basically the message. People suck. The whole purpose and method of this book was frustrating.
I wanted to like Melody. I wanted to like her family. The author gave me almost nothing to work with to make those relationships develop. I wanted the awful classmates to get in trouble, or learn a lesson, and they didn't. I wanted Melody to show some sense of awesomeness above her learned factoids. In the end, the book didn't deliver in any of this.
Intelligent, Insightful and Enthralling
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.
Melody, Conner, Mrs V., Claire, (Ok, all of them!) An absolutely outstanding narrator.
It is a very touching story and the narrator truly brings it to life. There couldn't be a better reader for this book.
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