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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
Something told me to order this book for my granddaughter. When I gave it to her, she said, "Oh! I really wanted to read that! Read morePublished 15 hours ago by GrannyX7
Read at all costs. this is just extra words because it doesn't allow me to put just "read at all costs".Published 1 day ago by M. Thayer
I loved this book because I understood the main character, Melody, who has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak, yet is highly intelligent. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kristin Howell
As a mother of a disabled child, this story really hit home. I laughed and shed some tears as well. It's well written and very insightful. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bonnie P.
This is based on a true story right? How does the author know what was said and everything Bournemouth? Different name used in the book? I'm so confused. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
A review by Emily - a 5th grader The story Out of My Mind is written by Sharon M. Draper. In my opinion, this is a great book! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Michelle McElmury