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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it." ( Denver Post)

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I had spent hours on this and it really spoke to me how Melody had been so incredibly brave and had been so smart and it really was showing to all the kids out there who had a disability that they can be incredibly brave, and smart, and be whatever they want to do if they try. The Author was amazing and I felt like she did a great job on the characters emotions. Overall I think that this book was more than 5 ☆s

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  • AmyA
  • Baldwin City KS
  • 08-13-16

Amazing and heart wrenching

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great book, Great narration! Book opened my eyes.

I truly have been impacted by Melody's character. Such an inspiration to us all. I will have my students read this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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brilliant

a great read and character. children with disabilities are just like other children too. give this book a chance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Book

This book is a very inspiring book because it shows how a girl who has no ability too do anything is a very intelligent girl and sees and heard different like how she can hear colors. I hear colors from one person particular which is Taylor Swift. I hear yellow and blue because yellow is happy and blue is sad. I see in her confidence because she gets up there and can do it. When I even just sit and speed to my class mates my face gets hot

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great perspective.

I would first recommend this book to any Special Education teacher. As one myself, I have a completely new perspective and lens to look through when working with my students.

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Narrator

The narrator makes her seem juvenile which contradicts the point of the entire book. She reads her thoughts in the way a 6 year old would speak.

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Awesome

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.

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Basically no plot

This book has almost no plot at all, it’s basically just a diary of the main character which I didn’t even know had Cerebral Pulsate until someone looked it up. It can be hard to tell what’s going on at all. Mediocre at best with chapters that can feel way too long. But the worst part is that in the final chapter they copy paste the beginning of the book then it just ends.

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So Amazing

I loved this book, it was so good, I wasn’t expecting it to be this good, it’s honestly sad and inspirational at the same time and I suggest people listen to it, it took a long time but I sped it up to 1.25 and it by faster so...yea