Book Review: Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper

out_of_my_mind_coverOut of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper is a beautiful novel about a special eleven-year-old girl named Melody. She is extremely smart, and has an incredible memory. Despite all the amazing qualities that Melody has, nobody is aware of them. They all think that she is not capable of learning anything. But, why is that? – Melody cannot walk or talk or write because she has a condition called Cerebral Palsy.

Once Melody turned five she was enrolled into a school. Melody was not with the “typical” kids. Instead, she was in a special program for children with special needs. She had been in the program for five years. Now she is in 5th grade and is eleven. Melody does not like the fact that she cannot express what she wants to say. After some online research, she discovers a device called the Medi-Talker. The device just needs to be controlled by thumbs, which she is very much capable of. She asks her parents for the Medi-Talker. Would her parents say yes to it, will she be able to use and communicate like she always wanted to? Well, you have to read this heartwarming book to find out her great achievements despite her limitations.

I loved this book! It had been such a long time since I read a good book like this. My favorite part was Melody’s positive spirit despite all she had been through with her life. I would recommend it to anybody who needs an uplifting story like this.

-Anmol K., 7th grade

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