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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
As a teacher I routinely witness snide remarks between students. This would be a perfect read-aloud to model how the other side feels.Published 1 day ago by Kiki
This book was amazing and was about a topic that is so hard to talk about, cerebral palsy. It was so moving, talking about a girl who had to go through a tough time not being able... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sandy
It's a decent book, but the ending was rather anti-climatic and left me unsatisfied.Published 1 day ago by Bax
I am a special education teacher and worked with a wonderfully amazing girl like Melody and this book just ripped my heart out with how much I loved it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by thedanibird
An amazing book about a girl with special needs. She is brilliant, but sometimes it's hard for other people to see that since her body doesn't cooperate. Read morePublished 6 days ago by D. Thiel
this book is a real life story book and is really great. i cried about ten times though. i now see disabled people in a whole new way. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sue
Book was in good condition is very interesting I am still reading itPublished 9 days ago by claudine Warner-Gude