From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.
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, listeners will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.
©2010 Sharon M. Draper (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
"If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it." (Denver Post)
I'm not sure if this book was intended for adolescents or if this book was intended for adults but it read like I was a 6th grader. I read this book because it was a pick for my bookclub not because I chose it.
This book did give a different perspective about those with cerebral palsy, one that I had not thought of. I can't image having so much knowledge and not being able to say out loud all you know. It was a great reminder about treating handicapped people as a regular person not talking about them as if they didn't know.
The thing that was the hardest about getting through this book was the fact that it was being narrated by the main character who was a 5th grader. It felt like when I sit down and watch a Disney movie with my kids. its cute but its not what I would be choosing to watch.
It a great book,melody has a struggle in life but she finds way to tell people what she is thinking. She is also really smart but people don't think she is and she finds away it tell people.
As the mother of a nonverbal child, I listened to this book recognizing the possibilities of what exist within my own child. So grateful to Melody for sharing her voice. I pray that this book has given me the additional motivation needed to explore every opportunity for Eli so that he can share his words with me and the world.
As a speech language pathologist who has spent the majority of her career working in a school setting, I can relate to and appreciate this story from multiple perspectives. It gives me even greater insight into what children and their parents are juggling as they navigate the special education maze.
My kids and I listened to this book as we commute to School and home each day (45 mins one way). It helped my kids see students with special needs with a new perspective. There were many times they did not want to get out of the car as they wanted to hear what would happen next.
I love how Sisi was able to help us feel the emotion behind the words. Our heart ached for Melody as she wanted to be normal so badly. The powerful lesson that wrapped up the story was so insightful and was a great conversation that my kids and I discussed.
When Penny was ran over and Melody did everything in her power to communicate with her mom. Roses confession of not calling her. Melody rising to be a better person as she laughed when they presented her the 9th place trophy.
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