Friday, June 24, 2011
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
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.
From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.
Melody is an amazing you girl. She is capable of anything that she puts her talented and smart brain to. I'm pretty sure that this young lady is much smarter than I am and knows a lot more about the world. Melody has been through a lot in her short time on this earth. She is capable of a million things, but no one realizes it when she is young. She can't talk to tell anyone. She can't write because she can't control a lot of her movements. She can't walk. She lives in her own mind while wanting to say so many things to the world. She can teach us all a lesson. Melody is a tough young woman who is put through more than any 11-year old should have to go through, but she survives and is an inspiration to many. An amazingly well-written story that puts in perspective the life of someone who is disabled such as Melody.