Summer Reading Book Review: Out of My Mind

Ever wonder what it would be like...

... to see the world, but not be able to be in it? 

... to want to talk with people, but no words able to come out? 

... be so frustrated you want to scream, but not be make a sound?

That is what this girl's life has been like for 11 years.


Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school-but NO ONE knows it.

Most people-her teachers and doctors included-don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can't. She can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.

One of Melody’s heroes is Stephen W. Hawking, the physicist who has been able to have a successful life and career despite being confined to a wheelchair because of ALS. Melody also spends her days in a wheelchair; if she can get access to a special computer like the one Hawking uses, could she finally show the world what she’s thinking and feeling, and just how smart she’s been all along?

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind-that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

Facts About the Author

Sharon Draper is from Cleveland, Ohio, and used to be a teacher.  She became a very accomplished teen author.  She has had books on the New York Times bestsellers list and won many awards including the Coretta Scott King Award.  She was honored at the White House for her accomplishments.

She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and has a golden retriever named Honey. She was interviewed about her book, Out of My Mind. To find out more about her inspiration for the book, click here.