I'm not sure. I still haven't read the other hyped books. Will it win the Schneider? In fact, it should. View all 8 comments. Jul 16, D. Goodness this book is dreadful. Unrealistic, overly-sentimental, pure drivel. I am most bothered by the fact that Sharon Draper must really think very poorly of educators. Not even bad teachers Where did these people go to school? Where are the occupational therapist? Where is her case-worker Goodness this book is dreadful. Where is her case-worker?
Education doesn't work like this anymore.
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Melody's mom could actually SUE the school for their level of disregard for her education. Like firing. Law suits. But to write about it like that's just the way education is? Way to continue teacher-bashing in your own way. Thanks Ms. No -- I have no idea why this book has been so acclaimed. As an educator, I can tell you that kids who were that openly mean to a CP kid would be reprimanded, not encouraged. This book is stuck in some sort of 80s after-school-special time-warp where the bullies are the cool kids and you can still say "retard".
What doctor wouldn't encourage more testing? What teachers would write her off? I just read that Draper has a nonverbal CP kid. It's just not the way of the world. And to base your entire premise of a novel on some sort of alternate universe should not earn you accolades. People should call this author on her clear misrepresentation of the 5th grade. Also, Melody had an alphabet at her disposal and could write early on. Why couldn't she write out "I love you" before receiving her medical-talker-thingie? This book doesn't make sense I, on the other hand, am ashamed that this is what we're having kids read and calling good literature.
Good God, people. Are you for real? I feel like an awful human being for hating this so much -- I understand being a mom of a kid with a disability But I still can't forgive this ridiculous book. Shelves: zz-5star , fiction , novel , goodreads-author , dogs , librarything-author , z , childrens , reviewed , 1-also-at-librarything. This is an absolutely wonderful book that almost made my favorites shelf. I admire how this story evolved. However, Melody manages to shine in this book; I love her voice, and I love this book.
Oh, and I just realized how poignant the cover illustration is! And, I need to add that Butterscotch is now one of my favorite ever dogs in a novel! View all 31 comments. Nov 25, Shawna rated it liked it Shelves: teen-fiction. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 start making crude comments; making sure she hears the 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. In his class, she meets two girls who are uncomfortable with her and so they start making crude comments; making sure she hears them.
Melody befriends a girl named Rose who isn't afraid of standing up to others and helping her. When she hears that there are try-outs for the Whiz Kids Quiz team, her neighbour, her parents and her special aids helper encourages her to try out for the quiz team. She makes the team and leads the team to victory in their regional competition. The prize of winning the regional competition is competing in Washington, D. When they see the newspapers, on the front page is a picture of Melody; not the team, just Melody. The other members of the quiz team don't appreciate that. When Melody and her parents arrive at the airport, they find out that their flight is cancelled and the other kids had already left.
She felt hurt that none of them bothered to tell her that they had an earlier flight. The next day, when Melody and her mother is about to leave for school, only Melody sees Penny, her little sister, running out of the house. She tries to warn her mother not to drive but the car ends up hitting Penny and she's hospitalized. When Melody arrives at school, the members of the quiz team try to apologize. She turns away from them to show that she doesn't need the people who abandoned her.
I picked this book because many people have recommended it to me.
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I finished this book because I was curious as to if she would make the quiz team, if the team would win at the regional competition and also if they would win at the national competition in Washington, D. I think people who like to read realistic-fiction would like this book because it talks about real problems and disabilities that anyone can be diagnosed with or have.
View all 5 comments. Mar 07, Chelsea chelseadolling reads rated it really liked it. Kids can be such jerks. View 1 comment. This book was recommended to me by a dear goodreads friend. You know who you are. Imagine living in a world where you cannot voice your thoughts? To me, that sounds incredibly exhausting. Melody has cerebral palsy in other words, she cannot walk, talk, eat This book was recommended to me by a dear goodreads friend.
Melody has cerebral palsy in other words, she cannot walk, talk, eat, or even use the washroom on her own. But what she can do, is think. Melody is an incredibly sharp and inquisitive girl. Middle school can be a tough time for most of us. Kids begin to change, they develop opinions, cliques start to form, and they can be hella cruel when they want.
And Melody has to put up with all the usual middle school problems along with difficulties of her own. Not very fun. You get the feel of how incredibly frustrating it is to not be able to voice your thoughts, the hardship of not being able to do anything for yourself, and always feeling left out. Not to mention the not-so-subtle-bullying she has to deal. But Melody is so strong and bright and just a ball of sunshine.
There were some unnecessary parts, I must admit. For example, the ending kind of threw me off balance. I really enjoyed reading this book and watching as Melody fought head on against the difficulties that were hurtled at her, such an eye-opening book. View all 21 comments.
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Apr 19, Josiah rated it it was amazing. This is the best book that I have read in years. It's right up there near the same plane as the very best books that I have ever read. I had never read any book by Sharon M. Draper before this one, but I think that's about to undergo a major reversal. If she's able to even approach the incredible level that she has achieved in the making of this novel in anything else that she has done, then I want to experience it.
Where do I start in describing a story of the power and magnitude that marks Ou This is the best book that I have read in years.
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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. Her body is crippled and she can do very little for herself. She can't even talk. She can, however, think , and oh, does she do that like no one else. Trapped inside of her speechless, mostly ineffective body is a golden mind that grasps concepts and factual information at a level nothing short of genius. Melody may look helpless to many outside observers who don't get the chance to actually come to know her, but if value is measured in terms of mental capacity for future learning and retention of what has already been taught, then Melody outshines virtually everyone she meets.
She is, without exaggerating to say, a wonder. But life is never going to be easy or simple for a person with the challenges that belabor Melody every single day. Other kids who don't live the life that Melody lives can't really understand, even if they think they can, and if they're not willing to take the time to look deeper and see how smart and how good Melody is in the ways that matter, then Melody will, ultimately, be the one who pays for their ignorance by not having friends.
So, Melody understands "unfair". It's encoded in her genes. She knows "unfair" more intimately than most of us ever will. The plot of this book rocks back and forth, lighting embers of hope for Melody's future and then extinguishing them, giving us things to laugh about followed by scenes that will move almost any reader to tears, both of happiness and grief.
It's all so hard, and so painful, yet the writing of Sharon M. Draper is somehow beyond expert, leading us along the novel's rocky road with unsurpassed ability. There isn't a single paragraph of Melody's story that doesn't jump up from the page with life and vigor, filled with intense relevance to our own lives, and drawing us in to care about Melody even though we know that the happy ending we wish for her is just I have no explanation for why this book did not win the Newbery Medal, or at least a Newbery Honor.
Out of My Mind is one of the deepest, strongest, most innately profound books that I have had the privilege to read in a very, very long time. It's an instant masterpiece. I could never be the same after having read it, and there's no more important remark that I could make than that. 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 two seminal events occur: first, she and her schoo 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.
She is a mop for facts and ideas, which eventually is discovered when two seminal events occur: first, she and her school aide find a Medi-Talker computer, and then, she is finally introduced into inclusion classes at Spaulding Street Elementary School. Valencia , and her college-aged aide, Catherine. It is no accident that this book has been one of the NY Times bestseller lists for two years. View all 7 comments. Oct 16, Mariah Roze rated it it was amazing. 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 is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom - the very same classmat Sharon M. Sep 20, Kaitlin O rated it it was amazing. 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 the biggest and brightest mind in her grade if not The book Out of my mind is the saddest book I've read, ever.
Melody can't talk though, she has i the biggest and brightest mind in her grade if not school!! She also has a thing or two things that if she could talk say to Molly and Clair. One day Melody finds out about this Medi- talker thing and wants it so bad, after 30 minutes or so of trying to figure out what Melody wants by pointing hysterically at the computer, her mom orders it.
Once the Medi-talker comes in the mail Melody feels like she can now finally express herself. Once Melody gets to school everyone is in ahhh. Melody can finally do want she has been wanting to do for her whole life Try out for the trivia team. She makes it with one of the high test scores and leads her team to the championships, only to find out that her team leaves her at home and goes on an earlier plane. The plane they were originally going to go on got canceled, so Melody was stuck at home and couldn't help but cry the whole time. When her team comes back they apologize and explained why they didn't intentionally leave her.
She couldn't get over it for a few days then she goes back to being her cheerful, loving, fun personality self. This book is realistic fiction, and can happen anyday and anytime to you or your friends, so i think you should be grateful for what you have and when you have it.
View all 14 comments. Oct 07, Julia rated it it was amazing. 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 Catherine. A girl named Claire thinks that Catherine just cheats for Melody on work so she will get good grades. Especially when the are going to take the Whiz Kidz test to see if you get on the team. The teacher says that he will give them a practice round and then the real test will be at a later time.
On the practice test you have 30 seconds to answer each question - just like on the real test. Whoever gets the highest score on the practice test gets to have a candy bar, but whoever gets the highest score on the real test gets to be on the team. All the things you get to do on the team is compeete and if your team gets to the finals you get to travel to Washington D. Well everbody underestimated Melody, but she was the only one that got an on the test.
Mar 19, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: acceptence , friendship , school-life , coming-of-age , fictional-medical-issue. This is an excellent novel with a powerful message about acceptance.
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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 felt different or limited in some way can relate This is an excellent novel with a powerful message about acceptance.
Melody is a strong character that anyone who has ever felt different or limited in some way can relate to. I don't know a lot about cerebral palsy but from what I understand, there are different variations of it and I think that Draper was very accurate in her writing. This book is emotional, dramatic and intriguing, well-written and definitely an important book for kids to read. My only complaint was the ending, it was slightly off-putting. Jan 31, Irshad rated it it was amazing Shelves: excellent-reads. 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 I never believed that they were as intellectually Out of My Mind by Sharon M.
I've never once had a second thought to someone with a disability and I openly admit that I never believed that they were as intellectually able as the rest of us. Clearly I am wrong! This book was am eye opener for me.
The novel follows the story of a eleven-year-old girl named Melody Brooks who has Cerebral Palsy. She can't walk and is wheelchair bound and she can't speak. But do not underestimate her. Melody is a genius. After years of not being accepted and growing up with difficulties, she finally has the chance to attend school.
Like a real regular school with kids that function with norm standards. She had to fight her way for such opportunities and her Mom is an incredible woman who fought with her and got her daughter a brilliant opportunity. Melody impresses the norm kids with her intelligence and finally gets to be part of a whiz competition.
That's the best I can summarize the plot without giving too much away. The friendships that Melody made were great. The friendship with Mrs. V is my favorite as it shows how much others are willing to go through with you and how patient a human can be.
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Humanity is coming back into this stone hearted world and I love it. Pick this book up and you'll not be disappointed. View all 11 comments. Mar 15, Donalyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: ncbla-committeebooks , children-s-realistic-fiction , ncblanotables-shortlis. 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.
Touching and honest, the resolution of this conflict is r Eleven year-old Melody has cerebral palsy. Touching and honest, the resolution of this conflict is realistic, and does not end perfectly for Melody. From the first page, Melody's thoughts and experiences show that language wields the power to free, crush, or illuminate the human spirit.
I am predicting many awards for this book in the upcoming year. Read it before everyone else finds out about it. May 03, Manybooks rated it liked it Shelves: childrens-literature , book-reviews , challenges-special-needs. Melody Brooks is almost eleven years old, has a photographic memory and absolutely loves words.
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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 new type of computer which acts as Melody's voice, Melody Brooks is almost eleven years old, has a photographic memory and absolutely loves words. A new type of computer which acts as Melody's voice, which allows Melody to showcase her knowledge, her wants, needs and such changes this personal frustration for the better, but will it be enough, will it silence the naysayers? Now when I first read Sharon M. Draper's Out of My Mind in , I absolutely and utterly adored it, and during my recent rereading in order to finally post a review I still quite if not actually very much enjoyed the general storyline and especially how authentic, emotionally realistic and age appropriate young narrator Melody's voice feels.
However, my rereading has also presented to me certain noticeable narrational, textual flaws, nothing major or supremely aggravating in any way, but enough to now consider Out of My Mind no longer with a four star ranking which I had originally envisioned in but a high three stars as while I emotionally have adored Out of My Mind as much in as I did in , the logical parts of my brain are indeed also in a bit of an internal uproar, especially with regard to questions and considerations about how accurately and how realistically in particular the more negative characters have been portrayed by Sharon M.
For while I do indeed both know and understand that seriously mean-spirited bullying students such as Claire and Molly do exist, during the course of Out of My Mind they sure are portrayed in such a negatively cliched manner so as to more often than not appear more like cardboard and stock folk and fairy tale villains with for me, the evil stepsisters of Cinderella being a very good and apt comparison.
And while I do love folk and fairy tales as a genre, as a type of specific literature type, when I am reading, when I am perusing a patently realistic novel, I do crave, I do want a wee bit more subtlety, and especially Claire and Molly are just so over-the-top mean and vile so as to appear almost ridiculous. Combined with the fact that even with regard to Melody's teachers, there is a rather obvious and occasionally much frustrating tendency for Sharon M.
Draper, for the author to divide them sharply and without all that much nuance into either total heroes or total villains, while I have still and as already mentioned above indeed very much enjoyed and appreciated Out of My Mind and totally do love love love Melody as a character , I can now only consider a high three star ranking as there could have been so much more done with this novel, had there been less stereotyping, less one-sided either positively or negatively conceptualised characters, and if the ending with Melody's little sister Penny being run over by the family car had been a trifle more integrated and not as tacked on, not as artificial feeling.
Still highly recommended, and I for one also do think that the intended audience, that especially girls from about the age of nine to twelve would likely take much potential reading pleasure from Out of My Mind and would probably not be in any manner as annoyed and as textually, narrationally frustrated with what has been rather bothering older adult reader me as I do tend to get a bit overly frustrated with and by one and two dimensional character descriptions and scenarios that appear more than a bit out of the blue so to speak.
Oct 23, Kasey H rated it it was amazing. I just started reading Out of my Mind by Sharon M. 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.
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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 use it, or show anybody how smart she is! I could never do that! I would just scream and shriek all day and night!
There's a point in the story where Melody isn't very excited to bring out a snowman which she gets to decorate. There's a point in my life when I wasn't very excited about bringing out the Halloween decorations, just like Melody, but she wasn't excited about bringing out a snowman to decorate. My personality is like and is not like Melody's, because Melody wants to show, and tell people what she thinks. I want to tell people what I think sometimes, but it depends on what would work best at the moment. Melody always like to tell people what she thinks because she never has.
At this point of the story no important event has really happened. I've heard that there's something that makes the story extremely good! I can't wait to get to that part! I would recommend this book to people who like a book that's not really sad, but pretty sad, and has a lot of description. Categories: Blogs , Staff Reviews. I had read other books by her and knew she was a good writer. So I finally started reading this on my lunch hour. Pretty soon I was hooked, laughing and reading parts out loud to anyone who would listen.
Next, she sees a girl with a laptop and asks her family if she could have one. The day her special device arrives, she and her afternoon caregiver program it so that, when her parents arrive, she is able to tell them for the first time, through the voice of the device, that she loves them. Major emotional moment. No more spoilers—this story has a twist I never saw coming: it really jolted me.
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