Out of My Mind by Sharon M. DraperOut of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind

bySharon M. Draper

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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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.
Sharon M. Draper was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 21, 1952. She taught high school English for twenty-five years and received numerous honors including Ohio Teacher of the Year and the NCNW Excellence in Teaching Award. She has also written numerous books including Romiette and Julio, Darkness before Dawn, Double Dutch, and the Zi...
Title:Out of My MindFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:7.62 × 5.12 × 0.9 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:415231986Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416971718

ISBN - 13:9781416971719

Appropriate for ages: 10


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I read this during my free time at school and summer break last year, I really enjoy this book!
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! We read this book at school (grade 7) and I loved it so I bought one. It is my favorite book so far!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Definitely a book for all ages to read! Great in depth into being inside the mind of a child how is not able to walk and talk. Seeing the world through her eyes was truly amazing and insightful.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow really good I recommend you read it go check it out it's awesome. It's about this small girl who has disabilities. Its really good go check it out.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book If you liked Wonder than you'll love this book. Great perspective and reminder to treat others with kindness. My 12 year old son also really enjoyed it. Only negative I could say it that's somewhat predictable.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read Intriguing, courageous, heart-wrenching, emotional, stunning and thought provoking. Just read it.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! My daughter bought this book on a whim as she was looking for something to read in the car on the way to Montreal - she could NOT put it down. She devoured it and texted all of her friends to let them know it was such a good book and they should all read it.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book this was such a great book i could read it over and over again
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Melody took me on a trip of emotions when I had first read this book. When others treat her badly or judge her you feel pain on her behalf. Melody is a girl who keeps pushing forward and tries her best no matter what. Very nice book, would recommend.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE Couldn’t have written it better if I were Gal
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Greatest Books the story definitely pulled my heartstrings
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book definitely pulled my heart strings We read this book in grade 5 with our teacher. While we read this book we all cold feel exactly the same emotions Melody was feeling, through some of the ups and some of the downs. We all cried and laughed along with her sad heartfelt moments and her humors jokes!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT I appreciated how it was told from the perspective of a girl with cerebral palsy. It gave insights and understanding to how it is for them.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This book makes you realize how important it is to treat others equally and kindly because seeing it happen is so frustrating and heart breaking that you jus want to correct the characters worngs.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This book was okay I read this book a while ago, and it was okay.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great choice My 9 year old daughter finished this book in a week. She loved it and came out with a new understanding of the differences in everyone.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will open your eyes There is ability in disability and we as a society need to recognize that more and work as hard as we can to provide a full and participatory life for all our children.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this eye-opener This was a beautiful book, told from the point of view of a young girl with cerebral palsy. As someone who works with children with special needs, many of them non-verbal, this book really resonated with me. It gave a realistic view of what many children face in the school system and was a reminder that you really cannot judge a person by the way they look. I recommend this book for anyone who cares about someone with special needs and to anyone else who doesn't but would like a glimpse into what life can be like for one of these individuals.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE IT THIS BOOK IS UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING. I LOVE IT SO SO MUCH. While reading you realy feel for Melody. You see her thoughts when no one else can. This book makes you see things in a different way, and makes you all the more grateful for what you have. Powerful, life changing story. I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it will open your eyes I have no words to describe this book it made me cry laugh and was so suspence full! it will change your life and the Way you think its a whole new mind set
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Enjoyable Read! I purchased this book for my daughter for her summer reading. I thought I would take a quick look to see what it was about. I could not put the book down. I felt an instant connection to the story, having a niece with special needs. Well written and heartwarming!
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad. It was a pretty good book, though I thought it could have gone further than it did. You should read this book, if only for its educational value.
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a must read for all of u I read some awesone books @ school bt OUT Of My MiND Is out of my mind!!!!¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡………… i hope that all of u will read his book and enjoy it as much as i did {:•)
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of my mind It was a great read! Powerful story about a very resilient girl empowered by love. It is a really inspiring book for alll ages.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of my mind One of my favorite books. Not as bad as I thaught it would be.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have to read this book! This book is so amazing you you'll love it seriously no joke it's so amazing it has some sad moments but the book is still AMAZING
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Saron Draper's best book This is an amazing book.  I couldn't put it down!  The beginning was more the story about her.  The end was amazing!  Melody has a photographic memory but can't talk, walk or write!  She is VERY smart though.  When she finally finds a way to use her voice, everyone let's her down.  Sharon Draper defiantly did a good job on this novel. 
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of my mind This book is truly amazing! I loved it sooo much and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Out of my mind It was okay.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Everyone should read this book!
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Cerebral palsy limits my body, but not my mind. #CP
Date published: 2013-04-19

Editorial Reviews

"Like Stephen Hawking, who becomes her hero, Melody discovers that her inner strength and intelligence are more reliable than most of the humans around her. She becomes an activist for herself, even as Draper challenges those who read her story to become activists for those who are different." -The Columbus Dispatch