Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind

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...

Details Out of My Mind

TitleOut of My Mind
Release DateMar 9th, 2010
PublisherAtheneum Books for Young Readers
GenreRealistic Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Contemporary

Reviews Out of My Mind

  • Destinee Sutton
    Many people love love love this book, so I'm going to skip the praise (you can read plenty of it elsewhere) and go straight to criticism: 1. The phrase "untouched in my hands" really bothers me. How can something be untouched if it's in your hands? 2. I worry this book is dated already. Do kids in the year 2010 really say "tight" anymore? I know Draper is trying to make Melody sound like a real kid, but to me she sounds like an adult trying to so...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I have a lot of say about this book. I had so many feels. I have cried and I have raged. BOOKS MAKE ME FEEL!****FREAKING SPOILERS****In this book we meet Melody. I'm going to write a good amount of excerpts about Melody. *Melody had a pink wheelchair until she upgraded. *Melody had a goldfish named Ollie until he jumped out of the bowl and died. (she got blamed)*Melody got a dog she names Butterscotch by pointing at candy until her parents get it...
  • Claire
    Oh, man. I'm finding this book very difficult to write about. I really want to like this book. Before I was a librarian, I was a disability rights advocate; and of the many experiences that I had during those six years, one of the most intense and formative was supporting a young woman my age who had CP and was nonverbal. She was a client and then a friend, and much of our time together was spent supporting her to learn how to use a speech device...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    I really enjoyed this! It's perfect for fans of Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and I think this should be required reading in elementary schools. Really powerful.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    I can't even begin to explain the importance of this book and how it has the power to influence so many people in how they treat others. I honestly don't even have words to describe my feelings for this book just yet, but once I do, I plan on screaming them from the rooftops so that everyone reads this book.
  • Suzanne
    Volunteering at my daughter’s high school library has its perks. Not only do I get to look at books all day, but I get to borrow. I was generifying the senior fiction section before Christmas when I found books on my list such as this one, and books by my Goodreads friends as well: Lynne Stringer and Adele Jones. Very exciting!I see some weird judgemental reviews here on this book. This book educates. This book is fiction. This book shows us li...
  • Ann
    I felt like a terrible person the entire time I read this book because I disliked it so much, especially since I think that it's an important book and a really thoughtful book in many ways. I was impressed with the author for writing a story from the perspective of someone with cerebral palsy, and thought she did a great job of expressing the difficulties of living with that condition. The intentions were good, but wow, I couldn't stand Melody. I...
  • Rabia Sultana
    The book "Out of my mind" by Sharon M. Draper has changed my view of how people view others. This book is the story of a girl who was born unable to speak, walk, write, or anything on her own. Ever since the day she's been born she's always been helped by someone,never able to do something on her, not even talk. She was always seen as the girl in the wheel cahir who couldn't do anything. So when Melody finally can do something on her, can even sp...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    5 stars! So I'm going to tell a little story first. My mother is a teacher, has been my entire life. When I was little and sick and couldn't go to preschool she would bring me to her class (a high school class at the time) and I would play with her students. I loved them, still do to this day. When I began elementary school, that was the first time I ever heard the word "retarded" and it was aimed at students similar to my mother's. I went home a...
  • Joe
    I feel a bit heartless.After reading all the Newbery-hype about Out of My Mind, I went into it expecting an absolutely life-changing book about cerebral palsy. After reading Ben Mikaelsen's horrendous Petey this past spring, I was certain Draper's treatment of the subject would be leaps and bounds above that drivel.It is. And it isn't. (Mostly it is.)Unlike my feelings about Petey, my emotions about this book are mixed - in the strictest sense of...
  • Lisa Vegan
    I highly recommend this book to everybody, but especially to disabled kids, kids who know disabled kids, anyone who works with disabled kids, especially non-verbal/speech impaired disabled people and people with cerebral palsy or similar neurological motor conditions.This is an absolutely wonderful book that almost made my favorites shelf. It’s wickedly funny and brutally, wonderfully honest.I’ve always enjoyed stories about special needs kid...
  • D.
    Goodness this book is dreadful. Unrealistic, overly-sentimental, pure drivel. YUCK.I am most bothered by the fact that Sharon Draper must really think very poorly of educators. Since EVERY SINGLE teacher (sans one, three paragraph, mention of a third grade teacher who liked to play books on tape for Melody) is a HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING. Not even bad teachers...like awful, horrible, despicable people. Where did these people go to school? Where are th...
  • Josiah
    This is the best book I have read in years. It's up there with the best books I've ever encountered. I had never read Sharon M. Draper before, but if she's able to even approach this incredible level of storytelling in her other books, then I was definitely missing out on something special. Where do I start in describing a story of the power and magnitude that marks Out of My Mind? Melody is a fifth-grade girl who was born with cerebral palsy. He...
  • Shawna
    Melody's the smartest kid in school, with so many things to say, but she can't because she's diagnosed with cerebral palsy leaving her unable to voice any of her thoughts. When her school starts an inclusion program where the special needs kids can join classrooms and get a chance to interact with others, Melody gets a teacher named who runs the Whiz Kids Quiz team. In his class, she meets two girls who are uncomfortable with her and so they star...
  • Mariah Roze
    Sharon M. Drapper is a fantastic writer! She always covers difficult topics and characters and does it with ease and pleasure to read. My goal is to eventually have read every book by her :)"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...
  • may ❀
    This book was recommended to me by a dear goodreads friend. (You know who you are. ;)) Man, did I ever underestimate this book. Here I was thinking it’s going to be one of those cute middle school books that’s all la, la, la, la and sharing is caring, but damn, was I wrong.Imagine living in a world where you cannot voice your thoughts? To me, that sounds incredibly exhausting. But that’s the life of eleven-year old Melody. Melody has ce...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Man. Kids can be such jerks.
  • Syndi
    when i read this book, i am expecting chessey tear jearking kind of book. thats why it takes me so long to read this book. but... i am surprise. it is not chessey at all. rather it is honest, heartwarming and innocent kind of book. the point of view is from 10 years old kind. and at the end i fall in love with melody. i never think about words as much as it is now. even i am perferfectly capable talking, there are times where i am like melody. st...
  • Skip
    In much the same way that RJ Palacio's book, Wonder resonated, this book shines a similar light on a child with physical developmental problems: Melody is an eleven-year old girl, suffering from cerebral palsy. Her body is crippled, making it impossible for her to do virtually anything for herself, especially communicate all of the things happening in her much developed brain. She is a mop for facts and ideas, which eventually is discovered when ...
  • Kaitlin O
    The book Out of my mind is the saddest book I've read, ever. I normally never cry when reading books but for this book I was balling. The main character is Melody who can't walk or move most of her body. She sometimes gets ignored and bullied by the way she looks and does things, but mostly by two girls Molly and Clair. They always leave Melody out and whisper and laugh even though Melody has perfect hearing. Melody can't talk though, she has i t...
  • Julia
    Out of My Mind is offically one of my favorite books. If you are looking for a sad, yet amazing book this is the way to go!!! It is about a girl named Melody who has cerebral paly's and can't walk, talk, or move - except for her fists a little bit, she is in a wheelchair to. In the middle of the book she finally gets a medi-talker so she can program words into it and type words and it will talk for her. Also she has an aide and her name is Cather...
  • Manybooks
    Melody Brooks is almost eleven years old, has a photographic memory and absolutely loves words. However, she also has very severe cerebral palsy and thus while she has all these words as well as a multitude of advanced ideas and concepts inside of her, she (being non verbal, being unable to speak) cannot get her ideas out and thus many people (including the majority of her teachers) consider her unintelligent and incapable of logical thought. A n...
  • Donalyn
    Eleven year-old Melody has cerebral palsy. She lives in a world of silence-- unable to talk or write. Although she is extremely intelligent, her classmates and more than a few teachers, see her as simple-minded. When Melody receives assistive technology that allows her to communicate, she finally proves to everyone that she is smart. Melody longs for acceptance, but events beyond her control throw Melody into conflict with her classmates. Touchin...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    This is an excellent novel with a powerful message about acceptance. Melody, the main character, has cerebral palsy and can hardly move and can't speak, but she has a lot to say, not to mention a photographic memory. When she receives a computer that can be used as a communication tool, her classmates have mixed reactions to her newly heard voice and she proves her intelligence as time goes on.Melody is a strong character that anyone who has ever...
  • Irshad
    Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper - 5/5 stars.Have you ever felt like an outcast and all you want to be is normal just for a day even if that's what everyone around you tells you that you're better off without being normal?Let me begin with saying that I really enjoyed this book so much! The whole disabled aspect brought light to my eyes for the first time. I've never once had a second thought to someone with a disability and I openly admit that...
  • Kasey H
    I just started reading Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper. It's a really great book because- well everything. Sharon does a great job of describing Melody, the main character, and her classmates. Melody sounds super nice, some of her friends are nice too, but some of them can't be so nice sometimes. Melody feels like she's trapped in a box. She can't talk, sit up strait, and can't move very well. Melody has a photographic memory, but she can't us...
  • Jessica
    Sometimes funny, sometimes sad story of a brilliant young girl whose body does not reflect what is happening in her mind. It was a bit of a mix of Wonder and The View From Saturday. The book is very honest, and captures the ups and downs of Melody's life, as well as that of her family. I did feel like, as observant as Melody was, we didn't get a lot of details about the parents or her schoolmates as we went along that would have helped us underst...
  • Ashley
    THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING AND PERFECT!! It was soooo inspirational! Melody is an OUTSTANDING, INTELLGENT, and KIND fictional character that I absolutely LOVED!! I love everything about Melody and learning more about her life and the difficulties she has to face made me respect her more. Melody is such a strong and powerful character that has really influenced me and hit me right in the heart!!I HATED most of the her inclusion classmates! They are so ...
  • lu (✿´‿`)
    this book brought me to tears multiple times. i don't want to spoil anything, but if you plan to read it just keep in the back of your mind how difficult junior high was for you, and then think of how much harder it must have been for melody. i'm always awakened when i read books like these, that showcase young individuals that hold more hope in their pinky toe than i do in my whole body at times. i'm awakened because sometimes i think life can b...
  • Nathaniel
    This is a novel about a 11 year old girl named Melody. Who is mentally disabled cannot run, walk or even talk. She has these momentes called tornado momentes, where her arms and legs randomley swing about when shes mad. She also has a wonderious ability to see colors when listening to music. When she also makes the academic team, everyone thinks that shes "dumb" so she shouldn`t particapate. When she gets her team to the championship match she is...