Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind

Book - 2012
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Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub., 2012, c2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781416971719
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Characteristics: 295 p

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A brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time. This conversational book is both moving and attention-grabbing and explores the theme of living with a visible disability.


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Green_Cat_68
Nov 21, 2020

One of the most notable aspects of Out of my Mind, written by Sharon Draper, is the impressive internal dialogue and thinking that goes through the main character, Melody. This especially helps because she has cerebral palsy, a condition that might make the audience harder to relate with. However, although most of us will never experience the mistreatment Melody faced, her feelings are conveyed in a way that it makes her viewed as a regular preteen struggling to fit in at school when they are different compared to others. Nonetheless, Draper is able to easily evoke a sense of empathy for Melody. For example, when it gets rather emotional, we understand because it accurately shows Melody’s frustration when people treat her at something less than human. I also found the ending rather clever; it really tied everything together. I believe it’s a good middle school read, as I have read in during seventh grade myself.

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reshmitham
Jul 15, 2020

Melody has cerebral palsy. Basically, she can’t walk, talk, or move anything except her thumbs, but she’s a genius. She’s smarter than most of the adults she knows and definitely smarter than the kids at school. But, she’s frustrated because she can’t express her thoughts that go through her head. The kids at school dismiss her and her feelings as though she’s mentally challenged, but if there’s anything Melody won’t let happen, it’s being defined by her cerebral palsy, and she makes sure of it by letting everyone know of it.
I’ve recommended to many of my friends as well as my sister, and honestly, no regrets. You learn so much from this novel; gratitude, kindness, being non-judgemental, and so much more. You just get sucked into this book, and the underlying lessons that it can teach us are amazing. It’s also a topic that needs to be conveyed. So many people know so little about CP and I felt that this book did a great job explaining it.
Some things I didn’t like within this book is that it’s a bit unrealistic. There are many factual and scientific things that are wrong with it, and I’m willing to let them slide, however, there were so many stereotypes within it. For example, literally every teacher mentioned in this book is a devil. Every single teacher. I know that there are some teachers out there that are very judgemental but I have seen and had teachers that are so loving and caring, and I just found it very unrealistic, and slightly disrespectful, that they would be portrayed like that.
Other than that, if you’re looking for a good read that is motivational and has a good plot, this book will do that justice.

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Bookworm750
May 03, 2020

Wow! This is one of my favourite books of all time. it is heart warming, and you can't put it down

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SJStansell
Mar 10, 2020

Excellent book from the perspective of someone with a disability. Shows how we are all the same on the inside, with the same sort of desires and wishes, esp to be included.

JCLHeatherM Jan 22, 2020

Preteen Melody looks at the world through a different lens, and while most people don't take the time to understand her, she's got plenty to say. Readers are encouraged to walk (or ride) a mile in someone else's shoes in order to (just like Melody), see the world through a different lens.

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red_panda_3511
Dec 31, 2019

No there are not any cuss words in Out of my mind and FYI if you haven't read this book you should read it!! I haven't read it in a while but I think it doesn't. If you are still worried you should read the book your self!

Hope that helps pink_panther_736

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ladyrocco
Dec 03, 2019

My 10-year-old daughter's 5th grade teacher read this to her class. My daughter liked it and told me and my mother about it, so I had to read it also... it was wonderful! Now, time for MY mother to read it next!

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CarringtonHo
Sep 15, 2019

I give this book 5 stars. It’s really interesting how people think Melody isn’t smart but she is smart. Also, I was glad Penny was born perfect. This book is amazing!!!!!!

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Saby_awesome
Jul 23, 2019

I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it. I give it a 4 out of 5 star rating.

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StarRocks1000
May 29, 2019

This book about a girl with Cerebral Palsy was ok, but the character's personality was kinda odd. Sure Melody didn't like the way the classroom looked, but she doesn't have to sound so mature about it. Also, the idea of Penny being hit by a car was kind of over-suggestive. (What if kids are reading this?) Not to mention Melody's classmates leaving her behind on the flight to Boston. Other than that, the book was kinda interesting.

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reshmitham
Jul 15, 2020

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Dec 20, 2018

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LibraryLoyal
Nov 02, 2018

LibraryLoyal thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 13

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Hiny
Nov 02, 2018

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Aug 23, 2018

violet_dog_5952 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13

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blue_bee_2537
Mar 23, 2019

A disabled girl named Melody has been collecting words that she hears and one day has the chance to let them out. Everybody assumes that Melody is dumb, but when she can "talk", everyone realizes she isn't the girl that everyone thinks she is.

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cankirmizi
May 24, 2018

Imagine can't talking or walking. Out of my mind is a heartbreaking book that is about 11 year old Melody whom can't talk or walk. She has mountains of words to say while she never has said anything. Want to find more? READ THIS BOOK!!!!!

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read_freak
Jul 10, 2016

This book is about a fifth grade girl named Izzy and she has cerebral palsy. But when she looks online she finds an piece of tech that allows her to speak for the first time. This book is a wonderful novel with sad and happy parts to it but overall a lot of people will love this book.

rahi7244 Nov 06, 2015

It's about a girl who can't talk or move o her own, however she's the smartest student in her class. with help from her teacher and parents also with technological support she started to communicate with others.

orange_zebra_212 Jun 19, 2014

Out Of My Mind is a book about an eleven year old disabled girl named Melody. Melody is unique, she has something called a photographic memory. So everything that she hears or sees is stuck in her brain without a delete button. Melody is also stuck in a wheel chair, cant talk, and must be fed by someone else. Out of my mind is about Melody getting her chance to speak using her machine, and how her life is and how to adapt.

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green_cat_1982
Jun 03, 2014

Out of My Mind is about a girl named Melody who has a disability called Cerebral Palsy. This story is about how she overcomes the every day challenged of middle school.

blue_cat_48432344 May 19, 2013

the book is about a girl who cant talk and cant walk . it is all about what happens it is a very good book

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GreenElephantGirl
Dec 15, 2012

Being unable to speak, unable to walk, to hug her parents, to tell anybody: I love you. It's hard. Especially when people think you're retarded and your fish commits suicide. Melody has handled it all; but now she has a chance to speak- to be the person she truly is, in a way that will stay with you forever. Read it, love it, and cry: this is an amazing book.

Harrypotterding Jul 12, 2012

This book is about a girl with a disability that does not let her move her body on her own will and how she over comes that and earns a voice.

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Jbird43
Dec 13, 2011

In the book Out of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper writes about an incredibly bright eleven year old girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy. Melody wants so much to be able to communicate with others but is trapped inside by a disability that leaves her a prisoner without a voice. She desperately wants to talk; to show the world that she is actually gifted verbally, with a photogenic memory for words that surpasses that of all her peers. But she cannot, beyond grunting and spastic movements. With the help school assistant, Melody gets a machine that talks for her. With it, she is no longer trapped; she is no longer out of her mind! This machine enables Melanie to do more things and reach new heights. It also brings on more problems. I would highly recommend this book.

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blue_nightingale_43 Jul 13, 2014

b. I wish

blue_nightingale_43 Jul 13, 2014

b. I wish

orange_zebra_212 Jun 19, 2014

"Knock Knock"
Who's there
"Isabel"
Isabel who?
"Isabel out of order? I had to knock!"

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green_cat_1982
Jun 03, 2014

"things untouched in my hands"

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AFROMAN_11
May 21, 2014

I am surrounded by thousands of words

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GreenElephantGirl
Dec 15, 2012

'I love you.'

Harrypotterding Jul 12, 2012

words are the most powerful things in the world

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liuclaire
Apr 07, 2013

Other: very sad moments

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Violet_Dolphin_193
Nov 06, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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