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People often ask me, "What was your inspiration for Out of my Mind?" I reply, "All great stories emerge from deep truths that rest within us." But the real truth of a story often can be found in places that not even the author has dared to explore. I suppose the character of Melody came from my experiences in raising a child with developmental difficulties. But Melody is not my daughter. Melody is pure fiction--a unique little girl who has come into being from a mixture of love and understanding. Out of my Mind is the story of a ten-year-old-girl who cannot walk or talk. She has spirit, determination, intelligence and wit, and no one knows it. But from buildings that are not wheelchair--accessible to classmates who make fun of her she finds a strength within herself she never knew existed.
I was fiercely adamant that nobody feel sorry for Melody. I wanted her to be accepted as a character and as a person, not as a representative for people with disabilities. Melody is a tribute to all the parents of disabled kids who struggle, to all those children who are misunderstood, to all those caregivers who help every step of the way. It's also written for people who look away, who pretend they don't see, or who don't know what to say when they encounter someone who faces life with obvious differences. Just smile and say hello!
--Sharon M. Draper
The book talked about real struggles that a person like this would face. This book while having a sad topic still made me laugh. A must read on my list. :)Published 4 days ago by Janet Terranova
Great read and easy to follow, hope that there is another to follow. This was part of a summer read and it was the best by farPublished 4 days ago by Kidwonderparent
my daughter read this and could not stop raving about it for the next 5-6 days. she talked about it so much i decided to try it. listen up people. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book portraying the viewpoint of a very bright girl with cerebral palsy and her challenges with communicating given her physical impairment. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tony Gellerman