Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper


Eleven-year-old Melody has a mind bursting with words, thoughts, and questions, but no one ever knows. Born with cerebral palsy, Melody is stuck in a body that can’t walk, can’t talk, and can’t write. Her limitations make life a struggle, but her biggest frustration is not being able to communicate how much she knows. When Melody receives a computer device called a Medi-Talker, she is finally able to express some of what she thinks. But will the world be ready for Melody’s voice?

Out of My Mind is a poignant look at life with disabilities. Told from Melody’s point of view, her story makes us question assumptions and judgements. This novel is thought provoking and powerful without being overly preachy. Melody’s experience is a good way for middle grade readers to look outside themselves and begin to understand different points of view. It is a great book for a read aloud and could provoke great discussions.

Recommended ages--10 and up

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