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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
Outstanding story for adults as well as the young adults for whom it is written.Published 1 hour ago by Granny
his book hold the novel of one of the best written book i ever read. the book inculed diffrent
things meladys family said throughout the story inculding other peoples words
I honestly think this is one of the best books I have ever read. It is so powerful and such an amazing book all together. I loved everything about it.Published 10 hours ago by Jon Harmon
Like Wonder this is a heart warming story about a child that doesn't get to live life like the rest of us. Great perspective and insights. A must read for 3rd grade and up. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by SLB
A good book to help you get into the mind, life, and experiences of someone who has physical disabilities. Though it is written for a young teen audience, it kept my interest. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lori Walker
this book is so poignant. it gives a sense of not only the urge to believe in yourself but to believe that you can do anything you want to even if you are disabled. Read morePublished 4 days ago by K J LOH
Awesome read! A page turner! Melody is an amazing kid with cerebral palsy who takes us through world as a mute child! Love this book!!!!!Published 4 days ago by Vivian E. Still Brown
A pre-teen and teen novel but adults should read this story about a young girls with disabilities who longs to be understood.Published 5 days ago by Gini
Bought 6 copies for a middle school (7th grade) reading group/book club. I enjoyed reading it, as did 4 of the 5 middle-schoolers in my group. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sanowe