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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
This is a good story, and the kids in our school system are required to read it. I read it and enjoyed the story. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon's Ralph Nader
One of the best books I've read this summer. Really easy read, finished in 2 days. Excellent book for disability studies, SPED, or communication disorders majors.Published 3 days ago by Student
I have a daughter whose physical condition is much like Melody's. I felt like this book could have been about her and consequently, it has spurred us to continue to try to find a... Read morePublished 4 days ago by DJsGrl
It was a wonderful book and it made me cry. It is a book for strong readers 5th grade and up. The girl is an amazing character who can't talk, walk or move any part of her body... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
Had you from the beginning. . I forgot what the book was about when I started it. It stole my heart.Published 8 days ago by SweetPea
This was one of the best boos I have ever read. I love Melody and I could never stop thinking about good things that this book had. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jess