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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.
This book is one of the best book I have ever read! Very powerful message....wow!Published 3 minutes ago by pamela m. santiago
I love this book! I chose this book because I wanted to know how kids like melody thought like. Turns out they 're smart and process thoughts just like you and I, only not everyone... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Emily Rasmussen
I loved Melody’s voice. As a special educator, I wish every day that I could know what my young students are thinking, and hear all of what they have to say. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Janet L.
Excellent book. I read it to my kids. My 7 year old was a bit young but my 10 year old loved the book. So did I. Read morePublished 2 days ago by SP Sandsteel
Almost 5 stars! The whole book was amazing. Written from the point of view of a pre teen with cerebral palsy. Good story. A better ending would have given it 5 stars!Published 3 days ago by J. L. Lessin
That was the best book I have ever read in my entire life!!! I could not stop reading it!!! It was AMAZING!!!!!!!! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Orion
Great book about a child with CP. I laughed and cried. I think all kids and teachers should read this.Published 5 days ago by P. Lusher