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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 LOVE this book!! It is very inspirational and let's you think from a different perspective than most people are used to. I love this book and it is one of my new favorites👏💖Published 23 hours ago by birdgirl709
We are using this book for our one school one book program this year. The lessons and places it is leading us to beyond the pages for our elementary students have been incredible! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Camp Read Smore
Great book I think it's just a bit sad at times and they should make a sequel I think this is probably my favorite bookPublished 6 days ago by 12 34 56
Everyone needs to read this book! It is a "Life-Changing" Read!Published 6 days ago by Estelle Edwards
Only if this story had a more happier end to it,then the book would be better than 5 stars. It just makes me want more. I WANT MORE! 😐.Published 6 days ago by Kristy Anderson
Awesome book!! Give the reader a feeling for what it is like to be disabled physically but be very intelligent and not be able to act on your own thoughts, wishes and beliefs. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Michelle A. Hodgeman
This is the best book I have ever read and I have probably read it about fifteen times at the least!! Over and over again! 5 stars of course. ;)Published 8 days ago by MLRsoccer