Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My MindThis book is about Melody who is almost eleven years old but she has never spoken a word, or walked or run or fed herself. She was born without the ability to control her muscles except for her thumbs. Her parents have always thought that she was bright but they have no idea how bright. Melody has a photographic memory, she loves words and she loves information. She can remember all of the infomercial numbers that she has ever heard.

Her parents sent her to a regular school but most of her time is spent in the special education room. Melody longs to get a real education, and a real friend, and most of all would like to be able to talk. Sometimes she has something so important to say that she goes into a tornado fit trying to make herself understood. It is very frustrating for her.

She finally gets a computer that allows her to talk and begins to attend regular classes and even tries to develop a friendship with a girl in her class. Then she tries out to be on the Quiz Team. This is a big deal because the team goes to Washington D.C. to compete on television.

I really liked this book because it doesn’t sugar coat Melody’s life. It really deals with the issues of being trapped in a body that doesn’t work. It also deals with the issue of how others see Melody and relate to her. The book has wonderful, strong characters in it and though the story is not easy, it gave me a lot to think about.

Posted by: Fran W.

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