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Out of My Mind
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Out of My Mind
Over 1.5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Out of My Mind and discovered the brilliant mind of Melody Brooks. Out of My Mind spent two years on the New York Times bestseller...
Over 1.5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Out of My Mind and discovered the brilliant mind of Melody Brooks. Out of My Mind spent two years on the New York Times bestseller...
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  • Over 1.5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Out of My Mind and discovered the brilliant mind of Melody Brooks.

    Out of My Mind spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list!

    “If there’s one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it.” —Denver Post
    “A gutsy, candid, and compelling story. It speaks volumes.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
    “Unflinching and realistic.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
    “Uplifting…This moving novel will makes activists of us all.” —Booklist (starred review)

    From multiple award-winning author Sharon Draper comes a story that will forever change how we all look at anyone with a disability, perfect for fans of RJ Palacio’s Wonder.
    Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people—her teachers, her doctors, her classmates—dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.
 

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  • Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and has been a New York Times bestseller for more than a year. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

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  • DOGO Books emarie - I know that a majority of us think it's hard getting off of your couch to move and clean your room. I totally understand, I've been there. After I read this book, I realized what would happen if I couldn't move at all? Yes, you wouldn't have to clean your room. Yes, you wouldn't have to take the dog out for a walk when your mom yells at you to, but would you really enjoy it? You wouldn't be able to go and run around with your friends at recess or break. You probably couldn't keep up with today's modern lifestyle and how fast we move on. Not just from things socially but physically too. It makes me realize how privileged I am and how strong Melody, the main character, really is. I absolutly love the way she puts so much passion into the things that she loves. She defied the odds of probabilty and at the same time, coped with an emotional struggle. She is one of my favorite fictional characters and never seems to stop inspiring me. I had my parents read this and I was very excited to learn that they had been surprised by just how much this girl could go through. I honestly would recommend this book to any person, of any age, that reads anything. This is not something you want to miss.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 15, 2010
    Melody Brooks, in a wheelchair and unable to speak, narrates this story about finding her voice. The first half of the book catalogues Melody's struggles—from her frustration with learning the same preschool lessons year after year to her inability to express a craving for a Big Mac. Draper, whose daughter has cerebral palsy, writes with authority, and the rage behind Melody's narrative is perfectly illustrated in scenes demonstrating the startling ignorance of many professionals (a doctor diagnoses Melody as “profoundly retarded”), teachers, and classmates. The lack of tension in the plot is resolved halfway through when Melody, at age 10, receives a talking computer, allowing her to “speak.” Only those with hearts of stone won't blubber when Melody tells her parents “I love you” for the first time. Melody's off-the-charts smarts are revealed when she tests onto her school's quiz bowl team, and the story shifts to something closer to The View from Saturday
    than Stuck in Neutral
    . A horrific event at the end nearly plunges the story into melodrama and steers the spotlight away from Melody's determination, which otherwise drives the story. Ages 10–up.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from October 31, 2016
    This long-overdue audio narration of Draper’s 2010 middle grade novel is a breakout performance for voice actress Johnson, who skillfully brings together childlike sensitivity and grown-up gravitas as she gives life to Draper’s character Melody Brooks. Confined to a wheelchair, Melody is physically trapped by cerebral palsy, but the condition hasn’t slowed her prodigious mind; Melody is a genius, as her parents have always suspected and her fifth-grade classmates and teachers are about to find out. Johnson captures Melody’s frustration when she cannot communicate, her elation when technological advances finally allow her to, and her sadness when others still regard her with fear or suspicion. Johnson also voices the novel’s other characters with wisdom and compassion, including Melody’s parents and the tough-as-nails neighbor who pushes the girl to excel. Older children and their parents will enjoy the way Johnson brings life to this unforgettable character. Ages 10–up. An Atheneum paperback.

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