Out Of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper

Melody is going out of her mind. She has so much to say but can’t. She can’t talk, she can’t walk and she can’t feed herself. When she finds a way to talk she does. But not everyone around her is ready to listen. 

This book is about Melody Brooks, who has cerebral palsy. Melody can’t express her thoughts with words, or at all. She has to communicate with a page of simple words; Yes, no, please, thank you, I need to use the toilet, goodbye, hello, I’m hungry. Melody is incredibly smart but everyone thinks she is mentally challenged as well as physically. Melody is smarter than the doctors, the teachers and the students that she knows. But she can’t tell them that.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say;

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.

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

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, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

I loved this book because is shows how a girl with a major physical disability can pull through and do amazing things.

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