Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper is a book about 11-year-old Melody, who has Cerebral Palsy. Melody’s CP limits her ability to talk, move, and walk. Melody is not able to share any of the words or ideas that are in her head for the first 11 years of her life. She can remember everything that happens around her and that is said to her because she has a photographic memory. However, she has no way to share this wealth of knowledge.
Almost everyone in Melody’s life outside of her family and Mrs. V (her neighbor), thinks that Melody’s brain was affected the same way as her body is by Cerebral Palsy, however they are wrong. Melody proves everyone who doubts her wrong when she gets her Medi-Talker. This allows her to communicate her needs, wants, and anything else. Using this device Melody joined the Whiz Kids team through the school. The device gives Melody the ability to communicate with others, but will it be enough to make others want to communicate with her?
I loved this book! Once I started the book, I was not able to put it down until I was finished with it. It is a realistic fiction novel, with no illustrations other than the cover. I believe that it would be great for 5th and up, it gives the reader an insight into the life of an individual with a disability and shows what that person may be going through. This book could be used as a read-aloud or an independent read, I believe it could lead to great discussions about differences and individuals with disabilities.