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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.
I love this book I really recommend this book for all people it is a great touching book the book is so great,I have finished it and I'm going to watch the movie now.=-)Published 9 hours ago by Breanna Miller
I found it was a bit sad. But otherwise it was a very good read! I love the way the author shows that you need to stand up for yourself and not feel sorry for being a little... Read morePublished 2 days ago by The dog lover
This was a required reading for a university class. I am so glad! I had never heard of it, and I absolutely loved reading it! Read morePublished 3 days ago by scootermom
When I was a junior in high school in the 1960's there was a girl with cerebral palsy who had a mind as sharp as a tack. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Susan Huyck
This book was pretty good. At times Melody felt like a Mary Sue, and sure, I didn't too much care for the ending, but the book as a whole is a great experience for young readers... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jack
Very insightful. Anyone who works with children with disabilities should read it.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
My son is able bodied but with a learning delay that affects his verbal and written communication. He also is a reluctant reader and is at a stage where all he wants to read is... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer