Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind

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"Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school--but no one knows it. Most people--her teachers and doctors included--don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows ... but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write." "Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind--that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice ... but not everyone around her is ready to hear it."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2010]
Edition: 1st ed
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781416971702
141697170X
Branch Call Number: j DRAPER 2010
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 19 cm

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In this award-winning novel, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy, considered by many to be mentally retarded, discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

(Gr 4-6) Melody lives with cerebral palsy, unable to speak, walk or write. But when a computer gives her "voice," it changes her life.

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.

Melody is a fifth grader living with cerebral palsy, unable to speak. Can a technological device finally give Melody her voice?


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SavannahPaige
Mar 12, 2019

This is my one of my favorite books.Recommend.My 7th grade students loved it

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aveensahba
Mar 08, 2019

this book has a great story but when it got to the climax and ending the book, I personally think that the author rushed it. The book could have been ended with melody telling her classmates that she didn't want the trophy because its in her past and she is trying to forget the past and tell them that they should have it because they are the ones that need to remember and learn from it. therefore she forgives them for what they did and becomes the better person. good book. bad way to end it.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 12, 2019

One of my favorite books. It is something that I have wanted all of my students (and parents) to read.

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bermudadanielle
Jan 19, 2019

Connor

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astadt
Jan 18, 2019

This book is now one of my favorite books! I need another book just like this to read now!

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red_ant_7450
Nov 28, 2018

I liked this book a lot. Probably one of my top 10 picks to read.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 14, 2018

The book Out Of My Mind is one of the best books I’ve ever read! This book shows you that people with disabilities are just like everyone else. It shows you that no matter what, you are able to accomplish your goals and dreams. I think what makes this book even better is that it’s not all happy. The book shows you the sad things that happen, and things to do with disabilities. Another thing that makes me like this book even more is how realistic it is! This book also teaches you to be respectful to everyone, because you never know what they’re going through. I would rate this book a five out of five stars because of all the lessons it teaches you! Rating 5/5
- @booksinaflash of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

If there is one book everyone should read at least once in their life, it would have to be "Out of my mind". This book is honestly so inspiring and can undoubtedly change anyone's perspective. This book is about a girl named Melody who can't speak, walk, or move, but she is extremely smart. She can remember and understand everything. She just doesn't have a way to express that. My favourite part in the book is when she gets chosen for a quiz competition in her school. Only the smartest students in the school get the chance to take part in the competition. There is a trial quiz that students need to take, and Melody gets the highest score. She is so happy. My other favourite part in the book is when Melody finds out about a device that can allow her to speak! She is on top of the world! The first thing she makes her device say is "I love you" to her parents. There was one part in the book that made me very angry. That was when her team left her to take part in the next level in Washington, although they won the first time due to Melody. The flight takes off without her. She is crestfallen that her team deceived her. I was very mad at that part and the description in the book really made me feel her pain. The next day at school, the team reveals that they lost miserably, and they apologize. Melody can't stop laughing as she walks away. The ending put a smile on my face. This was an amazing book to read and I would definitely recommend this book! Rating- 5/5
- @Vanilla of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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aishaesa
Aug 05, 2018

lovely and heartwarming

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blue_dog_36440
Jun 22, 2018

I am in love with this book! I could not put this book down! I’m pretty sure I read it for two hours straight! I love the power of having a disability but being able to deal with it, and being one of the smartest girls not to mention people in your class. I think this is a great book, because it has so much confidence and good lessons in it!

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violet_dog_5952
Jun 02, 2018

amazing book! thx Sharon M Draper!!!!! ending is sad tho. :(

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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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