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savedeo.com/zithromax-azithromycin-shop-online-shipping-to-germany.php After reading Ben Mikaelsen's horrendous Petey this past spring, I was certain Draper's treatment of the subject would be leaps and bounds above that drivel. It is. And it isn't. Mostly it is. Unlike my feelings about Petey , my emotions about this book are mixed - in the strictest sense of the word. For every element of the book I enjoyed I feel a bit heartless. For every element of the book I enjoyed there was something I abhorred. Good: Melody's characterization is a real eye-opener.

She leaps off the page, and there are moments that feel as if she is in a room with you, telling her story. Whether it was the bold-faced font that indicates her 'speaking voice' or her vivid dissecting of the actions of those around her, she is a masterpiece of character development. Her interactions with Ms. Bad: As an educator, I am appalled by the portrayal of teachers in this book. Cold-hearted, nasty, lax disciplinarians Dimming, that's almost caricature-like. This man not only tolerates the taunts of class bullies Claire and Molly only combating their nastiness once, and in a simpering manner at that , he himself participates in the bullying.

Despite being painted as "nice", both the music and English teachers also fail to discipline the mean girls effectively, neither of them attempting to teach the little brats why their behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Additionally, the special education "teachers" are absurd. In an era of litigation and compulsory inclusion, the professionals who populate H-5 with the exception of Mrs.

Shannon would have been fired within the first week of school. Despite having been an English teacher for 25 years, Draper seems to have a chip on her shoulder with those in the profession. Good: Melody is super-smart, and though other reviewers have found that to be a bit of a stretch, I think it's an extremely salient distinction for Draper to make. It's human nature, I think, to assume that those with physical disabilities are somehow mentally disabled as well. That this book gracefully navigates those waters is vitally important, and I think young readers need to have that information Draper really succeeds here, because she triggers enough emotional reactions to inspire children to question their own actions around their classmates and to evaluate their own prejudices.

There's a particularly powerful scene between Melody and a crewmember at a local television station. Lump, meet throat. I'm sorry. Both of these ridiculous plot contrivances are what dropped the book down to three stars.

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

The first is predictable and mean-spirited and further reinforces what a terrible person and incompetent educator Mr. Dimming is. The second, which is foreshadowed in Chapter 19 like a Sledgehammer of Obvious, is completely pointless. Was it designed to make Melody worry about her sister's normality? Was it supposed to draw the family closer together? I have no idea. It felt very last second. Good: Melody's comeuppance in the end. The trophy and abrupt exit were classic. And her loving revisiting of the characters who populate room H-5? Also incredible. Even though they're flat characters, through Melody's eyes, they are powerful examples of human potential.

Bad: The verb tenses! Sweet God, they were all over the place! Past tense until chapter Then present tense. But only for a chapter. Then it's back to past tense. Then present a few chapters later. Initially I thought, "Hmm. Maybe these are flashbacks. Sometimes we get Melody recounting an event, sometimes we are with her when an event occurs. It's very jarring. Also, Draper's phrasings are so outdated, it's embarrassing. Is it ? And the ending? Those final paragraphs?

Lazy, lazy, lazy. Will Out of My Mind win the Newbery? I'm not sure. I still haven't read the other hyped books. Will it win the Schneider? In fact, it should.

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View all 8 comments. Jul 16, D. Goodness this book is dreadful. Unrealistic, overly-sentimental, pure drivel. I am most bothered by the fact that Sharon Draper must really think very poorly of educators. Not even bad teachers Where did these people go to school? Where are the occupational therapist? Where is her case-worker Goodness this book is dreadful. Where is her case-worker? Education doesn't work like this anymore.

Melody's mom could actually SUE the school for their level of disregard for her education. Like firing. Law suits. But to write about it like that's just the way education is? Way to continue teacher-bashing in your own way. Thanks Ms. No -- I have no idea why this book has been so acclaimed. As an educator, I can tell you that kids who were that openly mean to a CP kid would be reprimanded, not encouraged. This book is stuck in some sort of 80s after-school-special time-warp where the bullies are the cool kids and you can still say "retard". What doctor wouldn't encourage more testing?

What teachers would write her off? I just read that Draper has a nonverbal CP kid. It's just not the way of the world. And to base your entire premise of a novel on some sort of alternate universe should not earn you accolades. People should call this author on her clear misrepresentation of the 5th grade. Also, Melody had an alphabet at her disposal and could write early on.

Why couldn't she write out "I love you" before receiving her medical-talker-thingie? This book doesn't make sense I, on the other hand, am ashamed that this is what we're having kids read and calling good literature. Good God, people. Are you for real? I feel like an awful human being for hating this so much -- I understand being a mom of a kid with a disability But I still can't forgive this ridiculous book. Shelves: zz-5star , fiction , novel , goodreads-author , dogs , librarything-author , z , childrens , reviewed , 1-also-at-librarything.

This is an absolutely wonderful book that almost made my favorites shelf. I admire how this story evolved. However, Melody manages to shine in this book; I love her voice, and I love this book. Oh, and I just realized how poignant the cover illustration is! And, I need to add that Butterscotch is now one of my favorite ever dogs in a novel! View all 31 comments. Nov 25, Shawna rated it liked it Shelves: teen-fiction. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

Melody's the smartest kid in school, with so many things to say, but she can't because she's diagnosed with cerebral palsy leaving her unable to voice any of her thoughts. When her school starts an inclusion program where the special needs kids can join classrooms and get a chance to interact with others, Melody gets a teacher named who runs the Whiz Kids Quiz team. In his class, she meets two girls who are uncomfortable with her and so they start making crude comments; making sure she hears the Melody's the smartest kid in school, with so many things to say, but she can't because she's diagnosed with cerebral palsy leaving her unable to voice any of her thoughts.

In his class, she meets two girls who are uncomfortable with her and so they start making crude comments; making sure she hears them. Melody befriends a girl named Rose who isn't afraid of standing up to others and helping her. When she hears that there are try-outs for the Whiz Kids Quiz team, her neighbour, her parents and her special aids helper encourages her to try out for the quiz team. She makes the team and leads the team to victory in their regional competition. The prize of winning the regional competition is competing in Washington, D.

When they see the newspapers, on the front page is a picture of Melody; not the team, just Melody. The other members of the quiz team don't appreciate that. When Melody and her parents arrive at the airport, they find out that their flight is cancelled and the other kids had already left. She felt hurt that none of them bothered to tell her that they had an earlier flight.

The next day, when Melody and her mother is about to leave for school, only Melody sees Penny, her little sister, running out of the house. She tries to warn her mother not to drive but the car ends up hitting Penny and she's hospitalized. When Melody arrives at school, the members of the quiz team try to apologize. She turns away from them to show that she doesn't need the people who abandoned her. I picked this book because many people have recommended it to me. I finished this book because I was curious as to if she would make the quiz team, if the team would win at the regional competition and also if they would win at the national competition in Washington, D.

I think people who like to read realistic-fiction would like this book because it talks about real problems and disabilities that anyone can be diagnosed with or have. View all 5 comments. Mar 07, Chelsea chelseadolling reads rated it really liked it. Kids can be such jerks. View 1 comment. This book was recommended to me by a dear goodreads friend. You know who you are. Imagine living in a world where you cannot voice your thoughts? To me, that sounds incredibly exhausting.

Melody has cerebral palsy in other words, she cannot walk, talk, eat This book was recommended to me by a dear goodreads friend. Melody has cerebral palsy in other words, she cannot walk, talk, eat, or even use the washroom on her own. But what she can do, is think. Melody is an incredibly sharp and inquisitive girl.

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Middle school can be a tough time for most of us. Kids begin to change, they develop opinions, cliques start to form, and they can be hella cruel when they want. And Melody has to put up with all the usual middle school problems along with difficulties of her own. Not very fun.

You get the feel of how incredibly frustrating it is to not be able to voice your thoughts, the hardship of not being able to do anything for yourself, and always feeling left out. Not to mention the not-so-subtle-bullying she has to deal. But Melody is so strong and bright and just a ball of sunshine. There were some unnecessary parts, I must admit. For example, the ending kind of threw me off balance. I really enjoyed reading this book and watching as Melody fought head on against the difficulties that were hurtled at her, such an eye-opening book. View all 21 comments. Apr 19, Josiah rated it it was amazing.

This is the best book that I have read in years. It's right up there near the same plane as the very best books that I have ever read. I had never read any book by Sharon M. Draper before this one, but I think that's about to undergo a major reversal. If she's able to even approach the incredible level that she has achieved in the making of this novel in anything else that she has done, then I want to experience it.

Where do I start in describing a story of the power and magnitude that marks Ou This is the best book that I have read in years. Where do I start in describing a story of the power and magnitude that marks Out of My Mind?

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Melody is a fifth-grade girl who was born with cerebral palsy. Her body is crippled and she can do very little for herself. She can't even talk. She can, however, think , and oh, does she do that like no one else. Trapped inside of her speechless, mostly ineffective body is a golden mind that grasps concepts and factual information at a level nothing short of genius.

Melody may look helpless to many outside observers who don't get the chance to actually come to know her, but if value is measured in terms of mental capacity for future learning and retention of what has already been taught, then Melody outshines virtually everyone she meets. She is, without exaggerating to say, a wonder.

But life is never going to be easy or simple for a person with the challenges that belabor Melody every single day. Other kids who don't live the life that Melody lives can't really understand, even if they think they can, and if they're not willing to take the time to look deeper and see how smart and how good Melody is in the ways that matter, then Melody will, ultimately, be the one who pays for their ignorance by not having friends.

So, Melody understands "unfair". It's encoded in her genes. She knows "unfair" more intimately than most of us ever will. The plot of this book rocks back and forth, lighting embers of hope for Melody's future and then extinguishing them, giving us things to laugh about followed by scenes that will move almost any reader to tears, both of happiness and grief.

It's all so hard, and so painful, yet the writing of Sharon M. Draper is somehow beyond expert, leading us along the novel's rocky road with unsurpassed ability. There isn't a single paragraph of Melody's story that doesn't jump up from the page with life and vigor, filled with intense relevance to our own lives, and drawing us in to care about Melody even though we know that the happy ending we wish for her is just I have no explanation for why this book did not win the Newbery Medal, or at least a Newbery Honor.

Out of My Mind is one of the deepest, strongest, most innately profound books that I have had the privilege to read in a very, very long time. It's an instant masterpiece. I could never be the same after having read it, and there's no more important remark that I could make than that. In much the same way that RJ Palacio's book, Wonder resonated, this book shines a similar light on a child with physical developmental problems: Melody is an eleven-year old girl, suffering from cerebral palsy.

Her body is crippled, making it impossible for her to do virtually anything for herself, especially communicate all of the things happening in her much developed brain. She is a mop for facts and ideas, which eventually is discovered when two seminal events occur: first, she and her schoo In much the same way that RJ Palacio's book, Wonder resonated, this book shines a similar light on a child with physical developmental problems: Melody is an eleven-year old girl, suffering from cerebral palsy.

She is a mop for facts and ideas, which eventually is discovered when two seminal events occur: first, she and her school aide find a Medi-Talker computer, and then, she is finally introduced into inclusion classes at Spaulding Street Elementary School. Valencia , and her college-aged aide, Catherine. It is no accident that this book has been one of the NY Times bestseller lists for two years.

View all 7 comments. Oct 16, Mariah Roze rated it it was amazing. Sharon M. Drapper is a fantastic writer! She always covers difficult topics and characters and does it with ease and pleasure to read. My goal is to eventually have read every book by her : "Melody is not like most people.

She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom - the very same classmat Sharon M. Sep 20, Kaitlin O rated it it was amazing. The book Out of my mind is the saddest book I've read, ever. I normally never cry when reading books but for this book I was balling. The main character is Melody who can't walk or move most of her body. She sometimes gets ignored and bullied by the way she looks and does things, but mostly by two girls Molly and Clair.

They always leave Melody out and whisper and laugh even though Melody has perfect hearing. Melody can't talk though, she has i the biggest and brightest mind in her grade if not The book Out of my mind is the saddest book I've read, ever. Melody can't talk though, she has i the biggest and brightest mind in her grade if not school!! She also has a thing or two things that if she could talk say to Molly and Clair. One day Melody finds out about this Medi- talker thing and wants it so bad, after 30 minutes or so of trying to figure out what Melody wants by pointing hysterically at the computer, her mom orders it.

Once the Medi-talker comes in the mail Melody feels like she can now finally express herself. Once Melody gets to school everyone is in ahhh. Melody can finally do want she has been wanting to do for her whole life Try out for the trivia team. She makes it with one of the high test scores and leads her team to the championships, only to find out that her team leaves her at home and goes on an earlier plane.

The plane they were originally going to go on got canceled, so Melody was stuck at home and couldn't help but cry the whole time. When her team comes back they apologize and explained why they didn't intentionally leave her. She couldn't get over it for a few days then she goes back to being her cheerful, loving, fun personality self.

This book is realistic fiction, and can happen anyday and anytime to you or your friends, so i think you should be grateful for what you have and when you have it. View all 14 comments. Oct 07, Julia rated it it was amazing. Out of My Mind is offically one of my favorite books. If you are looking for a sad, yet amazing book this is the way to go!!! It is about a girl named Melody who has cerebral paly's and can't walk, talk, or move - except for her fists a little bit, she is in a wheelchair to.

In the middle of the book she finally gets a medi-talker so she can program words into it and type words and it will talk for her. Also she has an aide and her name is Catherine. A girl named Claire thinks that Catherine just cheats for Melody on work so she will get good grades. Especially when the are going to take the Whiz Kidz test to see if you get on the team. The teacher says that he will give them a practice round and then the real test will be at a later time. On the practice test you have 30 seconds to answer each question - just like on the real test.

Whoever gets the highest score on the practice test gets to have a candy bar, but whoever gets the highest score on the real test gets to be on the team. All the things you get to do on the team is compeete and if your team gets to the finals you get to travel to Washington D. Well everbody underestimated Melody, but she was the only one that got an on the test. Mar 19, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: acceptence , friendship , school-life , coming-of-age , fictional-medical-issue.

This is an excellent novel with a powerful message about acceptance. Melody, the main character, has cerebral palsy and can hardly move and can't speak, but she has a lot to say, not to mention a photographic memory. When she receives a computer that can be used as a communication tool, her classmates have mixed reactions to her newly heard voice and she proves her intelligence as time goes on. Melody is a strong character that anyone who has ever felt different or limited in some way can relate This is an excellent novel with a powerful message about acceptance. Melody is a strong character that anyone who has ever felt different or limited in some way can relate to.

I don't know a lot about cerebral palsy but from what I understand, there are different variations of it and I think that Draper was very accurate in her writing. This book is emotional, dramatic and intriguing, well-written and definitely an important book for kids to read. My only complaint was the ending, it was slightly off-putting. Jan 31, Irshad rated it it was amazing Shelves: excellent-reads. Have you ever felt like an outcast and all you want to be is normal just for a day even if that's what everyone around you tells you that you're better off without being normal?

Let me begin with saying that I really enjoyed this book so much! The whole disabled aspect brought light to my eyes for the first time. I've never once had a second thought to someone with a disability and I openly admit that I never believed that they were as intellectually Out of My Mind by Sharon M. I've never once had a second thought to someone with a disability and I openly admit that I never believed that they were as intellectually able as the rest of us. Clearly I am wrong! This book was am eye opener for me. The novel follows the story of a eleven-year-old girl named Melody Brooks who has Cerebral Palsy.

Melody is a genius, but nobody suspects it, except Ms. Melody can see and smell different styles of music. For example, classical music appears bright blue and smells like fresh paint to her. Jazz is brown and tan and smells like "fresh dirt. She also has a photographic memory and can outsmart her doctor, especially since he's not that smart. Melody communicates through word cards, but she wants a more sophisticated way so she can be better understood.

Eventually, she is given a special computer that lets her communicate with her thumbs. For me, this is the happiest part of the book. This was not a book that I would have picked up off the shelf to read, but after we read it orally in class, all 26 of us loved it. We were begging our teacher to read more every day. Melody got to actually speak to her parents for the first time. Hi, Mom. I am so happy. She is looking at me all soft and gooey. When I think about it, I realize I have never, ever said any words directly to my parents. So I push a couple of buttons, and the machine speaks the words I've never been able to say.

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She bubbles up with tears and grabs dad. I think he might be sniffling back a couple of tears himself. But he has recorded it all. At one point in one of the classes, Melody wants to try out for the Quiz Team. She was the highest one to score when they did a sample test. I thought I was going to have to smack him too. Anyway, Melody's little Medi-Talker also prints out anything she types if she wants it to so she can participate in class and all kinds of things.

Let me tell you, these bitches named Claire and Molly mouth off about Melody from the get go and I wanted to beat the shit out of them. But, I digress. Here is just a little excerpt from them that made me want to snatch them up out of their chairs. I found the perfect gif for that too. When we arrive at Mr. Dimming's room, a group of kids from my history class are already there, whispering together and going over note cards. They look up in surprise when Catherine wheels me in.

She screeches like a blue jay when she laughs. Anyhoo, Melody gets into the group and they are all going to DC after they win the first round. Well, lets just say some stuff happens and they didn't win. And some other horrible things happen but we won't talk about that, you can read all of that.

I was so proud of Melody though. She held her head up as high as she could and told the whole class off in her own way. I totally loved this story. I love Melody. I love all of the wonderful people in the book. I loved how the author told the story. I thought it sounded good but I had no idea how good! View all 35 comments. Feb 16, Claire rated it liked it Shelves: high-younger-readers , poc-author , disability , middle-grade.

Oh, man. I'm finding this book very difficult to write about. I really want to like this book. Before I was a librarian, I was a disability rights advocate; and of the many experiences that I had during those six years, one of the most intense and formative was supporting a young woman my age who had CP and was nonverbal.

She was a client and then a friend, and much of our time together was spent supporting her to learn how to use a speech device to communicate in her own words.

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She passed away Oh, man. She passed away a few years ago, and I miss her. Our friendship, and the experience of supporting her to learn to speak using her own words, necessarily colors my reading of this book and others like it - so that's why I feel the need to include it in a book review. My family experience with disability in general and CP in particular changes my perspective too. It makes me an unobjective reader, and prone to judge the book on my own experiences - so of course, take my review with a grain or ten of salt. Please excuse any rambling! So as a reader, and in my librarian life, I frequently look for books for teens and kids that star characters with disabilities.

There are truly wonderful ones Rules and terrible ones So B. I particularly keep my eyes open for books that star characters with depth, complexity, and personhood, rather than ones that use people with disabilities as a foil or plot device acting on characters without disabilities. I know that gifted authors can write anything -- whether or not it's close to their own life experience -- but I have found that for the most part, authors who write what they know about PWD rather than what they've gleaned from inaccurate pop-culture representations, tend to write better books.

So when I heard about this book, shaped in part by Sharon Draper's own experience as the mother of a child with CP who is nonverbal, I had high hopes. Even though she's not writing about her daughter, her writing must be informed from her experiences - and in some ways, it's really successful. When Draper describes Melody's physical reactions -- really all the ways that everyone can see her from the outside -- it rings true.

Her descriptions of Melody's physical reactions are pitch-perfect, as are the reactions she gets from many people around her, the special ed classrooms, and the incredibly frustrating nature of being confined to limited language. Clearly Draper has a lot of insight and an insider perspective that's valuable to us as readers.

And she has a worthwhile agenda: she wants young readers to question their assumptions about PWD, including nonverbal people, and to recognize that Melody is brilliant, more than she appears, and underestimated. I think this is where the premise derails -- from the first page, really. The story is unapologetically didactic, but also stilted in its writing.

Melody lacks complexity as a character -- she's brilliant in kind of an Encyclopedia Brown way, with a photographic memory, the ability to retain anything she learns, and perfect spelling. Unfortunately, she has about Encyclopedia's level of depth and well-roundedness as well. It's not just that this is unlikely -- that people's brains don't develop their neural pathways in quite that orthographic way without a lot of verbal and written practice, regardless of their intelligence.

It takes a long, long time with a lot of practice to learn how to be fluent in verbal and written communication, whether you have a disability or not. It doesn't hold water - it's unrealistic and painfully hopeful. But let's assume that we accept Melody's Encylopedia-Brown-like reality, and suspend disbelief. If we believe that Melody has instant facility with spoken language -- or learned how to use a complex speech device in a single weekend without the support of a speech pathologist -- it makes no sense that Melody wouldn't have been able to communicate effectively with her family and peers.

If she has access to even a low-tech letter board which we know she does , with her perfect spelling and syntax she can communicate almost as effectively as a person who can speak. It's impossible to believe that with such skills and involved parents, she would be so totally disenfranchised in her school and her life in general. Why is she in that isolated special ed classroom in ? Where is her IEP and her case worker? She has a aide and an effective speech device -- clearly her parents have prevailed through MAJOR negotiations with insurance, school and state funders -- but isn't mainstreamed full-time?

Where is her internet, for goodness sakes? It doesn't make any sense, in a real-world context. I could believe it if she had insurmountable barriers to communication, developmental delays, uninvolved or uninformed parents, or a school district that really stonewalled advocacy. Or even if she wasn't the world's best speller. I just can't believe it of her -- and I think it doesn't recognize the many nonverbal people who DO communicate and advocate for themselves effectively despite massive physical impairments. People type out Morse Code with their heels, use a head switch, or use a single working finger to access speech devices.

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Is it realistic that they'd happen to her characters in that way? Not so much. Oh dear. I could go on about my thoughts on this book for a long time, and I don't mean to disrespect Ms. Draper's intelligence, experience, and hard work as an author. The book shines in the authenticity of its "shown" rather than "told" details - it's in those moments that it rises above the didactic and flat elements of the story.

I wish we'd had more moments like those, and I appreciate that they were there. View all 19 comments. Oct 31, Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult. I really enjoyed this! It's perfect for fans of Wonder by R. Palacio, and I think this should be required reading in elementary schools. Really powerful. View all 6 comments. I can't even begin to explain the importance of this book and how it has the power to influence so many people in how they treat others. I honestly don't even have words to describe my feelings for this book just yet, but once I do, I plan on screaming them from the rooftops so that everyone reads this book.

View all 22 comments. Jul 01, Suzanne rated it it was amazing. Not only do I get to look at books all day, but I get to borrow. I was generifying the senior fiction section before Christmas when I found books on my list such as this one, and books by my Goodreads friends as well: Lynne Stringer and Adele Jones. Very exciting! I see some weird judgemental reviews here on this book.

This book educates. This book is fiction. This book shows us life is not always a cup of coffee easy. Is it? This book should be required reading for Primary school age. I loved it. This is highly recommended reading for humans of all ages. So I prepared two answers — one that is polite but kind of wordy, and one that is a little smart-mouthed.

To people like Claire and Molly, I say, "We all have disabilities. What's yours? It took me a long time to type that. View all 16 comments. Jun 06, Ann rated it it was ok Shelves: k-6 , elementary-school , disabilities , realistic , prejudice. I felt like a terrible person the entire time I read this book because I disliked it so much, especially since I think that it's an important book and a really thoughtful book in many ways.

I was impressed with the author for writing a story from the perspective of someone with cerebral palsy, and thought she did a great job of expressing the difficulties of living with that condition. The intentions were good, but wow, I couldn't stand Melody. If someone talked like she does throughout the book I felt like a terrible person the entire time I read this book because I disliked it so much, especially since I think that it's an important book and a really thoughtful book in many ways.

If someone talked like she does throughout the book that didn't have cerebral palsy, then no reader would like her at all. But since she does, I'm supposed to think she's wonderful.

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When Melody arrives at school, the members of the quiz team try to apologize. Original Title. Please excuse any rambling! Unfortunately, she has about Encyclopedia's level of depth and well-roundedness as well. Why was the psychologist who gave Melody her initial intelligence test so terrible?

She was completely arrogant and unlikable, and I never felt sympathetic for her because I disliked the way she talked about the people around her so much. I recognize that the author was trying to show her frustrations, but I still didn't like her at all. Additionally, every character in the book is cookie-cutter: from Mrs. V her very name being a cliche to the kids in the school - predictable stock characters.

I hated the scenes in which Melody's mom "shows" the adults in her daughter's life how wrong they are by humiliating them and "putting them in their place". I hated the climactic interaction with kids at school. I thought the tacked-on Penny ending was completely unnecessary. The book had really great potential, and I still think that the perspective is important to tell, but I haven't disliked a character so much since I had to suffer through The Girls from Ames. May 12, Rabia Sultana rated it it was amazing. The book "Out of my mind" by Sharon M.

Draper has changed my view of how people view others. This book is the story of a girl who was born unable to speak, walk, write, or anything on her own. Ever since the day she's been born she's always been helped by someone,never able to do something on her, not even talk. She was always seen as the girl in the wheel cahir who couldn't do anything.

So when Melody finally can do something on her, can even speak for the first time, why do people still look The book "Out of my mind" by Sharon M. So when Melody finally can do something on her, can even speak for the first time, why do people still look at her as helpless and weak? In the school Melody goes to, Spaulding Street Elementary School, she is in a goup with other with "what they call 'disabilities'.

But every single one of her teachers with a a exception of one has treated them as if they are babies and know nothing. Even they're classroom has been painted as if they were 4 not 9 or 11,with walls of "dozens of flowers Do people really think that they're not even smart enough to see the difference of their classrooms and others? Like, just becasue they're not as smart as others, does it mean you have to make everythin surrounding them seem as if for babies, even their learning environment? Of the teachers Ms. I wonder what made her do that, like did she really believe that these kids even if they were 'special' weren't smart enough to understand these songs.

Billups would also go over teh alphabet every single day with them, when they were third graders! This makes me wonder what kind of view society has put on these 'special' kids. Aren't they supposed to be treated the same, to teach them like they are no more different then the other students? Then why is this teacher teaching a third grade class the alphabet and making them listen to PreK songs. Does she really believe that they can listen to the same songs over and over without gettign bored, and really that these third graders haven't learned their alphabet yet. They may have bisabilities, but they are PHYSICAL ablilities, this has nothing to do with their minds and how they are able to comprehend, think, and learn.

Melody proves this when she gets the computer that allows her to talk, and speak through a computerized voice that is what is really on her mind. The computer is set up with phrases and sentences that she can speak through the computer. But people still don't think she's "smart", they still think she can't be "smart", that just because she has disabilites she shouldn't even be able to think or talk. Like what this girl Clarie in the book said,"I'm not trying to be mean--honest--but it just never occurred to me that Melody had thoughts in her head. This book really made me wonder if people judge others too quickly.

That maybe a person is in a wheel chair or has some disablity doesn't necessarily mean that they are 'not smart' or unable to do what we can. There is many people out their with disablities who has accomplished more in their life than many of us, with thos disabilities. They are still living a normal life, going to work maybe , going to school, just living their life. Yet we still don't think of them as equal, and don't believe that they can be as accomplished as we are, when that is not true at all.

I really liked this book, and thought it was just spectacular. The author really made me remember everything, and i learned so much. I would reccomend this book for all, and even though it is not really a topic we like to discuss it was different and nice to read about. View all 34 comments. So I'm going to tell a little story first.

My mother is a teacher, has been my entire life. When I was little and sick and couldn't go to preschool she would bring me to her class a high school class at the time and I would play with her students. I loved them, still do to this day. When I began elementary school, that was the first time I ever heard the word "retarded" and it was aimed at students similar to my mother's. I went home and asked my mother if her students were different 5 stars! I went home and asked my mother if her students were different, and that was when she explained to me what special education students were. I had no idea that her students were any different.

It never occured to me. And my mother never treated them like they were different and never coached me to think they were. She let me make up my own mind. Reading this book made me think a lot about my mother and her students. It also reminded me of a girl I went to elementary school with who is very much like Melody. I couldn't get that girl out of my mind while reading this book, and I probably won't get Melody out of my mind for a long time to come. Out of My Mind is about an eleven year old girl who is brilliant, and no one knows it.

Born disabled, she cannot talk and had trouble moving her limbs. When a new machine gives her the ability to speak, not everyone is ready to accept her as "normal". Sharon Draper is a brilliant writer. Words flow across the page effortlessly and I am wowed at how she captured and portrayed Melody. I want everyone to read this book. View all 4 comments.

Sep 05, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: borrowed-library , middle-grade , realistic-fiction. I feel a bit heartless. After reading all the Newbery-hype about Out of My Mind , I went into it expecting an absolutely life-changing book about cerebral palsy. After reading Ben Mikaelsen's horrendous Petey this past spring, I was certain Draper's treatment of the subject would be leaps and bounds above that drivel. It is. And it isn't. Mostly it is. Unlike my feelings about Petey , my emotions about this book are mixed - in the strictest sense of the word.

For every element of the book I enjoyed I feel a bit heartless. For every element of the book I enjoyed there was something I abhorred. Good: Melody's characterization is a real eye-opener. She leaps off the page, and there are moments that feel as if she is in a room with you, telling her story. Whether it was the bold-faced font that indicates her 'speaking voice' or her vivid dissecting of the actions of those around her, she is a masterpiece of character development.

Her interactions with Ms. Bad: As an educator, I am appalled by the portrayal of teachers in this book. Cold-hearted, nasty, lax disciplinarians Dimming, that's almost caricature-like. This man not only tolerates the taunts of class bullies Claire and Molly only combating their nastiness once, and in a simpering manner at that , he himself participates in the bullying.

Despite being painted as "nice", both the music and English teachers also fail to discipline the mean girls effectively, neither of them attempting to teach the little brats why their behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Additionally, the special education "teachers" are absurd. In an era of litigation and compulsory inclusion, the professionals who populate H-5 with the exception of Mrs. Shannon would have been fired within the first week of school.

Despite having been an English teacher for 25 years, Draper seems to have a chip on her shoulder with those in the profession. Good: Melody is super-smart, and though other reviewers have found that to be a bit of a stretch, I think it's an extremely salient distinction for Draper to make. It's human nature, I think, to assume that those with physical disabilities are somehow mentally disabled as well.

That this book gracefully navigates those waters is vitally important, and I think young readers need to have that information Draper really succeeds here, because she triggers enough emotional reactions to inspire children to question their own actions around their classmates and to evaluate their own prejudices. There's a particularly powerful scene between Melody and a crewmember at a local television station. Lump, meet throat. I'm sorry. Both of these ridiculous plot contrivances are what dropped the book down to three stars. The first is predictable and mean-spirited and further reinforces what a terrible person and incompetent educator Mr.

Dimming is. The second, which is foreshadowed in Chapter 19 like a Sledgehammer of Obvious, is completely pointless. Was it designed to make Melody worry about her sister's normality? Was it supposed to draw the family closer together? I have no idea. It felt very last second. Good: Melody's comeuppance in the end. The trophy and abrupt exit were classic. And her loving revisiting of the characters who populate room H-5?

Also incredible. Even though they're flat characters, through Melody's eyes, they are powerful examples of human potential. Bad: The verb tenses! Sweet God, they were all over the place! Past tense until chapter Then present tense. But only for a chapter. Then it's back to past tense. Then present a few chapters later. Initially I thought, "Hmm. Maybe these are flashbacks. Sometimes we get Melody recounting an event, sometimes we are with her when an event occurs. It's very jarring. Also, Draper's phrasings are so outdated, it's embarrassing.

Is it ? And the ending? Those final paragraphs? Lazy, lazy, lazy. Will Out of My Mind win the Newbery?

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