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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
I loved this book!It is one of the best books I've ever read.
This story is told through the eyes of the main character, I found it a beautifully written, and a touching way to tell this type of story.
This is a great book for anyone with a special needs child or a person that works with special needs children.
Very great book. .lens the mind and allows a peak into the rights of those who can not speak.Published 1 day ago by Cindy
This is a good read for about ages 9-15.
It keeps you on the edge of your seat!! This is a great book
I am a speech-language pathologist and I really enjoyed this book. I work at a school for children with severe disabilities. Read morePublished 2 days ago by M. Palasik
Very eye opening to see things from the perspective of someone who cannot talk but is very smart and underestimated.Published 3 days ago by Chauna Wilson
This is a wonderful, thought provoking book. Everyone has come in contact with a Melody. This is a book for all people of all ages.Published 3 days ago by Latia Hardy
Melody is a nice girl but, what happens to her sister? What will happen to her sister? Will she die or live? I think Melody's Mom ran over penny. Read morePublished 6 days ago by AMH
I've read it, now my 12-year old son is reading it. It has kept his attention better than The Hunger Games.Published 6 days ago by Jennifer Bueffel
The author captures so many levels of subliminal biases that we have as a society and challenges us to move forward. Well written and a compelling read.Published 6 days ago by PATRICIA W C0LEMAN-BURNS