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Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. 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 classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

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  1. Ruthy said:

    Out of my mind was an okay book, it wasn’t great but at the end, it got kind of interesting. Melody has become a stronger person from being mistreated by everyone. If Melody did end up going to the competition I don’t think that they would have won because I doubt that one person would make a whole team go up nine places but I do think that they would have done a lot better like maybe 4th place. I think that the quiz team didn’t feel bad when they first left her because they were excited and sometimes excitement takes over common sense. I do think that they regretted leaving her behind after they lost though because they didn’t win and they had to go back and face her. I am really really really mad at them for leaving her behind because she did all of the work to get there and they just ditched her without a second thought. I do really like Rose as a character but I think that she can get trapped between being nice to Melody and being her friend or being ‘popular’ or following the crowd. I understand what she is feeling though because you want to be friends with someone but others don’t approve and you’re trying to be nice to everyone, I think that Rose needs to figure out her priorities. I recommend this book to everyone!

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  2. I have read out of my mind countless times . It is an amazing book with a powerful story . Melody is a 12 year old girl who has been restricted to a wheel chair her whole life . She suffers from a condition called cerebral palsy , which is when her brain doesn’t develop like ours . She is so inspiring and her talent is amazing ! Her mind is incredible but her story is even more incredible . You might need some tissues for this story . I’d highly recommend this book to everyone !

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  3. I have just finished reading out of my mind. Melody is a young, sweet genius of a girl, But she has a condition called cerebral palsy. This affects different people in different ways, but in Melody’s case it prevents her from walking, talking and eating.

    The story is very touching and emotional and you feel a strong connection to Melody. You also understand how her friends family and carers feel and act around her and how she affects their everyday lives in both good and bad ways. I respect people associated with disabled people more than i used to and i dont take things for granted because some people simply want to walk and talk and we do these things everyday without even thinking about it.

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  4. Captivating, intriguing, sad.
    All words to describe this amazing book.
    The main character, Melody, explains to us how difficult life is living with Cerebral Palsy, a condition in which restricts the body from walking, talking, and pretty much all the things we take for granted. What makes this book so captivating is that although fiction, it explains to us the thoughts that would probably float around someone living with such a condition, and how frustrating it is to simply communicate with others. My favourite character would have to be Mrs V, the kind lady who is neighbours to both Melody and her family, she teaches Melody how to learn through different experiences although she is quite restricted. Until one day she discovers something that will change her life forever…I would recommend this book to anyone who has a box of tissues at the hand! But in particular ages 12+ as it is compelling and interesting.

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  5. I love this book completely. I bought it a few years ago and read it over and over. I love all the characters (especially Melody) and there were a few moments that nearly made me cry. I love the way that the author perceived Melody and I think that it is a really good way to explain to children how disabilities work. We learn through the eyes of a mute, immobilised child that life is tough. Inside her head, there is a big, beautiful brain with no way to share it with the world. I also love the supporting characters like Mrs V and the iBook teacher who help Melody and teach her to express herself. I rate it an 8/10

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  6. shekeya said:

    I can not believe that this book is now over, this was such an amazing experience following melody’s amazing journey and life in just 369 pages. there was so many different characters that brought a great aspect to the book and made it just that little bit more interesting my favourite character in the book was by far mrs V. she just made you feel so happy that people like her are actually in this world she has such a great and strong connection to melody and her family, she know understand her and can feel what she is feeling. The whole book is spectacular it create’s a great outlook on how hard it is to not be able to speak on your own and move on your own it just proves how lucky we are to be able to do simple things that we take for granted.I almost cried when I found out reading that the melody was not able to compete in the quiz because her team abandon her and went of to go to the other flight and not bother to even call her to see if she wanted to catch that flight. i found that very mean and i was furious with the out come on it . I love how the book is so honest with the truth and how melody’s life is and the book didn’t end on a happily ever after in a way in kind of went and skipped to reality.I highly recommend this book as it has a great perspective on how hard it is to have a disability and how hard it is for the people around you.

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  7. Out Of My Mind is a really touching book about a girl called Melody who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. It is all about her life with the disease and what hardships she faces. It teaches the audience to respect and sympathise with people who are disabled, and we learn that they too are the same as us and we should treat them no different. There are points in the book where we feel so sad for Melody that it makes you really think is this how people in our world have to feel everyday. It is quite a deep book, but is still a really good read. My favourite character is Mrs V because she always pushes Melody to be the best she can possibly be, and does not see that she is any different to any other child. I would definitely recommend this book to others who want to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and I would rate it a 9/10.

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  8. Annabel said:

    Out of My Mind was a very heartfelt and powerful book. It was my 3rd choice for Lit Circles last year and I was skeptical about it, but as soon as I started reading I couldn’t put the book down.

    Melody is a young girl with Cerebral Palsy- a very restricting disability, causing muscles and limbs to fail to do what they are supposed to, and making walking very difficult, and for some, impossible. These challenges may be a constant struggle in day-to-day life, but Melody is extremely intelligent and observant. Sadly, she can’t reach her full potential as she is stuck in room H5- with other disabled and disadvantaged students.

    Despite this, Melody is surrounded by plenty of supportive figures. She develops a strong relationship with the aide teacher in room H5, whom helps Melody reach her fullest potential. And there’s Mrs V, my personal favourite character. Mrs V doesn’t baby Melody like many other adults do. She is fully aware of what Melody is capable of, and has that valuable tough-love relationship with her.

    This is a very eye-opening book, as it really gives a good insight into the life of someone with Cerebral Palsy, and the hardships they face throughout their lives. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a heartfelt and inspiring read.I would rate it a 9/10.

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  9. This book was an awesome read. It contained enough of drama, humour, anger, self loathing, self-pity and action. I could not put it down and didn’t want to either. every minute was full of drama and there was never a moment where everything was going well and if it was something big or small was right around the corner. Melody is a really interesting character, she is really strong and independent. This book allowed me to open my eyes and realise that some people aren’t okay and need help whether the problem is big or small. I liked that it wasn’t a long book, and it was easy to read, I rate it an 9.5/10.

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  10. Kirra said:

    While I was reading this book I couldn’t put it down, I was up all night just reading and reading, I loved it and who wouldn’t!
    Out of my mind is such and inspirational book which shows you a life of a young girl who can’t talk, move or pretty much do anything. Melody is such an intelligent young girl with so much potential, if she could prove it!
    Melody is just bursting with answers for all kinds of questions because she has a photographic memory and remembers everything she has seen, read or even watched.
    this book takes you on a journey with Melody and you go through many challenges but you definitely get some successes.
    I love this book and I would recommend it to everyone for a read that will stop you watching Netflix.

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  11. Out of my mind is a very inspiring book that gives all readers an eyeopening image of a girl who has to take the hard way in life. I liked out of my mind as it educated me on the daily struggles the people with serable porsie suffer with, such as the main character, Melody. This young girl suffers day in and day out, she does the best to fit in but it’s hard when everyone singles her out just because of her disability. It makes me extremely grateful that I am a young, healthy and a fit person that can do anything I need and want to do. It made me realise that I take the simple things in life for granted, such as feeding and dressing myself. This is a story that is so magical that is deserved to be read. I most defiantly recommend this book for readers between 13 and 19. I rate this book an 8 as it’s educated and gave insight about life for others.

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  12. Kaitlyn said:

    ‘Thoughts need words, words need a voice.’

    Meet Melody a 12-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. She has been stuck in a wheelchair her whole life and has no ways of expressing her feelings and emotions. Melody is given a label ‘special’ I feel like we label things that don’t need to be labeled she is a person NOT a thing. She knows who she is and what she wants, she just has to come up with a way to get there like everyone else. In this book, some parts are slow but others are really interesting and you don’t want to stop reading. You grow a connection with her and her friends and family.who start to feel a connection with the book and its character as it comes alive.

    This book opens up your eyes to some of the problems that people have to face every day.

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  13. Charlotte said:

    I really enjoyed reading this book because it is quite inspiring and interesting. In this book fifth-grader Melody Brooks has cerebral palsy. She can’t walk, talk, feed herself or even take herself to the bathroom, but what people don’t know is that she has a photographic memory, she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her.This book can be sad at times but it is definitely worth reading.

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  14. Out Of My Mind is by far the best book I have ever read. It makes you feel all the emotions a great book needs to make you feel. Through a rollercoaster of emotions, this book takes you on a journey where humans support each other and where nothing can be done without the help of our loved ones. Melody is an inspirational human being who shows her affection through her actions. This book is touching and very down to Earth and makes you feel fortunate that you are able to do everything you wish to without help. I rate this book a 10/10 because it warms your heart. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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  15. Morgan said:

    This book is so great, I really enjoyed reading it. This book is about a girl named Melody who has a dieses called cerabral playsy and this deises causes her not to be able to walk, talk, feed, herself or anything. But even though she is not able to do anyhting, she has an amzing memorie and is so smart. She has so much to say but is not able to say it, she then gets this thing that is called the Medi Talker and she is able to talk with it. She then starts going to school and then she gets to go in the compation for her school and when they are going to get on the plane, the school gave her the wrong time and they miss the compatition. It is very sad but in the end everything is okay. I would recomend reading it a 8 / 20

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  16. Eliza M said:

    I really enjoyed the book “Out Of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper. It was easy to read, but really interesting. A great book choice for Lit Circles. It is the story of a girl called Melody who was born with cerebral palsy. Her disability meant that she is unable to do things like speak, walk, write, or do many things on her own. She had to have someone to help her do these things.

    At school Melody is in a group of students who also have disabilities. All of her teachers except one treats them like babies. They were made to listen to nursery rhymes and their classroom looked like it should be in a childcare centre. This is so sad because Melody is very smart. She has a photographic memory. But no one knows this. She memorizes the shows she watches on Discovery Channel.

    Melody eventually gets a computer, which allows her to talk and speak what is really on her mind. However, many people still think that because Melody is in a wheelchair that she is not smart. She is able to prove to many people that they were wrong.

    The important message that I took from this book is that things aren’t always what they seem. It made me realise what sort of challenges are faced when you have a disability. Also that some people face many challenges in life that most of us take for granted.

    I give this book 8/10 and recommend it to age 10 up.

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  17. Alexandra said:

    This is such an inspirational book!! I couldn’t have been Given a better book to read for Lit Circles. Melody is so courageous despite her difficulties. Although she can’t walk talk and has limited use to her body she manages to make her way onto the whiz quiz team. although she has many difficulties her smarts couldn’t be better. When reading this book I didn’t want to stop and tried so hard not to read past the deadline for the week. This is an amazing book and would defiantly recommend it. 9/10 all the way.

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  18. I LOVE this book! Melody has a photographic memory. And she is the smartest kid in school. But no one knows it. Because melody can’t walk or talk or write. Every year she is held back because the teachers think they are doing the right thing. But Melody knows all of the answers in all of her classes but she can’t tell anyone. not even her parents. And then she gets a machine that can allow hr to speak. And she is so happy that she has this.

    I love this book because Melody never gives up on her dream of being able to speak. And in the end it comes true. I would rate this book ten out of ten.

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  19. Ashlyn said:

    I just finished reading this book for lit circles and I loved it so much. I highly recommend it !!
    It is about a 10 year old girl battling cerebal Palsy. She can not walk, talk, feed herself, dress herself and much more. It made me think about how lucky we are to be able to do all these things with out thinking about all the possiblities that could go wrong with some things. It takes a lot of courage and dertermination for her parents to fully dedicate themselves to help her. I love this book so much and I am so happy that I chose this book to read.

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  20. Morgan said:

    The book “Out Of My Mind ” is such a lovely book, I really enjoyed reading it. This book is about a girl named Melody, and she has a disease called Cerebral Palsy. This illness causes her to not be able to talk, walk, or take care of herself. But the thing is, that she has an incredible mind and is so smart like you wouldn’t even know. In the book, Melody is treated very unfairly and when she goes to school, every year the teachers teach her the same exact thing which is the ABC’s, it drives her crazy. I love Melody’s mum because no matter what people thing, she always sticks up for her. If I where you, I would really recommend reading this book.

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  21. This book was an awesome read. It shed light on what it is REALLY like and how frustrating it can be. It contained enough of drama, humour, anger, self loathing, self-pity and action. I could not put it down and didn’t want to either.

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  22. I loved this book! i loved how The author, Sharon Draper, triggered emotion during the novel. The story is about a 12 year old girl who is trying to fit in but struggles due to her down syndrome. She is extremely intelligent and gets annoyed when people don know that. Her mum believes in her and enrols her in school but that just gets worse… I love how you can picture the book in your head. Although he book is quite sad there are joyful moments too. I would fully recommend you to read this 100%!!!! I could not put the book down! you will love to read this awesome book!

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  23. i absolutely loved this book and recommend it to ages 10+. it is about a girl named melody who can’t walk or talk. she has a hard time for the first ten years of her life because everything is stuck in her mind. until one day when she gets her medi-talker. this allows her to talk through a machine. she is so brave and goes through many ups and downs in her journey. this is a mustered book! you will love it just like i did!!!

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  24. I seriously wish there was a second book of this it’s just so touching! I wish it would just keep going and going forever!
    This book really teaches you not to judge someone by just how they look for example Melody she is really so sweet and intelligent, some people just don’t look at her as that.
    Melody is a real life role model for some kids and I think the author is very smart in his thinking. The book really makes you want to jump right into it and experience everything that is happening. I read this book for lit circles and we made great conversation in all of the drama that went on throughout the book, it was really good to get out your opinions and thoughts on all of the characters and decisions.
    Over all I rate this book a 9/10 and recommend it for ages 10+

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  25. Jordyn said:

    This book is so one of my favourites! As soon as I picked it up I couldn’t put it down, it’s just so amazing, but very touching. Out of my mind really does tell and show you not to judge a person until you know there story, and this book has an emotional and touching story.
    This book has amazing expression and is written really well, and to be honest I wish there was a second book about Melody and her Journey, it really is that good! The book did make me feel very sad knowing that some people in the world can’t do the normal life every day things that we can do. And I feel very lucky that I’m normal.
    Over all I rate this book a 9/10 and recommend this to the ages 10+.
    I really loved this book!

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  26. Brooke said:

    Out of my mind is one of my favourite books!
    I would highly recommend it to everyone aged 10+. It really touches your heart how she is so strong and smart but others define her by her looks. It makes you think about how you treat the people in your life and around you.
    Every minute of the novel was a roller coaster of emotions and there was never a moment where everything was going right for them but her hope and strength let her push through her confining disability.
    This book is great for those that love an emotional story with twists and turns. I would rate this book a 9/10.

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  27. Dominique said:

    When I first saw this book, I didn’t think I would like it, but I started reading it anyway. It turns out Melodies story, was beautiful and tragic, I found it so intriguing, I couldn’t put it down. I found it so sad that Melody was smart, funny and kind, but her disability was holding her back from what she could be, but no matter what Melody was strong, and even though she is a fictional character, I really admired her. All in all I would rate this book 9/10

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  28. Charlie said:

    I loved this book!
    Some people read it during Literature circles, and once I finished my book I just had to read it
    I literally couldn’t put it down
    It’s about a girl named Melody who has Cerebral palsy and can’t walk or talk but has an amazing memory, she’s even smarter that most adults.
    It’s a sad story with a lot of hope
    Please read it!!!!
    I rate it a 10/10 and recommend it for ages 12+

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  29. Isabelle said:

    ‘Out of my mind’ is officially one of the best books i have ever read! Okay so Melody’s life is tragic. Her disability limits her to so many opportunities and leads people to believe she is dumb…. But oh does she show them! When Melody get’s into a competition with her incredible intelligence, her confidence boosts and the people around begin to see her for the equal, bright young girl that she is. Melody is a huge inspiration to so many readers and Sharon Draper truly captures the essence of this disease and all the terrible affects it has on a patient and their families lives. I would recommend this for students from about the age of 9 and up. I believe adults could also thoroughly enjoy this book just as well as a younger child would. I also think this would be a great book to read over again at an older age because it has such as a strong message of hope and strength that I think could be interpreted so much deeper at a more mature age. You may want to have some tissues nearby with this book as it is SO easy to get lost in Melody’s journey and the incredible mix of emotions that come with it. Melody is such as loveable character that is even at times cheeky. Read this book! I promise you won’t regret it!

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  30. Jessica said:

    I have read a book named Out Of My Mind for lit circles. This book is such an amazing book with very inspirational message. In this book there is a girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy and is 12 years old. She has to face all the struggles of this disability. When she starts to be able to express herself anything is possible. This book gives a whole new perspective on life and shows how lucky we are. I loved this book and give it a 5/5. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  31. I recently read out of my mind for Lit Circles, and oh boy it was one heck of a book! I havn’t read anything like this and when i kept reading on it just got better and better and BETTER! Melody is a young girl with cerebral palsy and is stick in wheelchair for the rest of her time. Melody is starter than anyone gives her credit for, you just need to take the time to realise that. After reading this book I then was thinking about how stupid things are these days and how people judge people by their appearances and don’t actually take the time to get to know them. I think everyone should go read this NOW!

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  32. For lit circles, I’m reading Out of My Mind.
    Wow, this book is like nothing I’ve ever read before because you never read a book about someone who has cerebral palsy.I absolutely love the characters in this book. Melody, the main character, is a great person in the book. She has a strong mind and never gives up, even when people stop listening to her. I love it when she gets sassy to Claire. I’m about half way into the book and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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  33. Serefeny M said:

    “Out of my mind” is a very confronting and emotional story. It is fictional but there are many people in the world with similar difficulties. I think Sharon Draper is an amazing author, I think she did a fantastic job of really making you like and dislike different characters. I like all the twists and how you build on Melody. Melody is a really strong person, going back to school after everything that happens to her. I like how all her family is there to support her and are always there when she needs it. It makes you realise how much you have to be grateful for. My favourite part was when she tells her family she loves them for the first time ever. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a book they wont put down. I’d rate it an 8/10.

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  34. Out of my mind is a story that gives you a different perspective on life. It is the story of an intelligent young girl called Melanie, who competes in quizzes on behalf of her school. The only problem is that she has Cerebral Palsy. This means she is unable to walk and talk, but her brain isn’t effected. As the book is written from Melanie’s perspective, it kind of makes you feel her frustration. The way that the author tells the story, makes you feel like you are Melanie, and makes you feel the frustration and hurt that she must be feeling. I now have so much more wonder and respect for people who have disabilities, and the book made me feel like I should treat people with disabilities how I treat anyone else. This book makes me feel privileged that I can walk and talk and communicate with everyone else around me. I recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a good book, and I rate it 7/10.

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  35. Devon W said:

    OUT OF MY MIND by SHARON DRAPER

    I LOVE how the author of this book thinks outside the box. The thing is in most books the main or pretty much every character is able bodied which means they can do everything most disabled kids/adults can’t do well or AT ALL !!! I adore how much Melody sucks in all the facts, memories and even MISTAKES. She could be the next Steven Hawkins!!! Mrs V is the best human being EVER… she helps Melody with pretty much anything, biology, maths, English.. you name it. The end is pretty surprising though so watch out for anger and maybe a few tears. The other disabled kids are just like Melody but different things that bother them. Penny sounds REALLY cute (I’m not going to tell you what character she is though). I admire how much Penny loves Melody. Gathering all of this into a rating I rate “Out of my mind” 9 out of 10, that’s how much awesome there is in the book.
    I recommend Out of My Mind to people who love books and can see the problems the characters face, every single chapter. I hope you love the book as much as I do.

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  36. I remember reading this book for lit circles and I couldn’t get enough of it. It is a very sad and happy book at times. I remember even crying at times, this book really helps you see that you are very lucky and you realise just how much you have.
    This is a really sweet book. Its about a girl named Melody and she cant do everything that you would expect that she would be able to do but she will prove you wrong.
    I rate this book an 8/10

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  37. Olivia G said:

    “Out of my mind” was an amazing and motivating book for me to read. It really made me appreciate and realize how lucky and fortunate I am to be able to walk, talk and move in general. While I was reading this book I thought about how it would be like to have a disability such as cerebral palsy and how to cope with it. The journey throughout this book was a deeply emotional experience to see what was within Melody’s mind and to truly realize the beauty of expression through words. This book is an intense life changing story and is a real eye opener to the experience of the less fortunate. This book made me realise how hard it is to live in today’s society towards how others are very judgemental and rude to people who are different than them. I would recommend this book to anyone who is capable of learning and experiencing very intense life changing events throughout the mind and journey of Melody. I would give this book an 8 out of 10.

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  38. Jasmin M said:

    I just read ‘Out of My Mind’ and I think it an amazing eye opener to me because it shows and not tells and it is like the best book I have read so far. I wouldn’t really read this type of story but I really enjoyed it. It has been amazing journey throughout the story. It has allowed me to know how see can cope without being able to speak, talk or move. It has really motivated me I every way.
    I recommend it to a person that likes intense interesting life changing stories.
    I give it a 8/10.

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  39. Jessica W said:

    This book is a real eye opener and tells us about someones life who is less fortunate than us. She can’t ,walk ,talk or do everyday things that we can without help. This book real made me realise how hard it must be for people like her to live in today’s society. The characters in this book can be very supportive and others can be mean and don’t understand her. I give this book a 7/10 and was glad I read this book.

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  40. Hannah said:

    This story made me laugh, cry and even punch my chair. It made me feel so emotional. I am so glad a friend recommended this book to me. It’s now one of my favourites. I recommend this to all my friends.

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  41. Out of My Mind is a story of determination.
    Melody has cerebral palsy. She also has a photographic memory.
    Everyone thinks that Melody isn’t smart and can’t to much. They are proved wrong when she starts joining regular classes at school an eventually – makes it into the school quiz team.

    She proves everyone wrong and goes above and beyond. In the practise tests, she is the only one to get all the questions right.
    Her parents, dog Butterscotch, sister Penny and Mrs. V are all there to help her along her way.

    Out of My Mind is defiantly a book to read when you want to have a different perspective. Being written from Melody’s perspective you get a real range of emotions. You are there with Melody all the way and feel like you her.

    I love this book and I am glad that I read it as it gave me an insight to other people who are less fortunate than myself.

    I recommend Out of My Mind to anyone.

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  42. Victoria Zakelj said:

    Last year I was reading this book in Literature Circles. Mixed emotions rushed through me throughout the whole book. The story was very relatable for me personally as I know and have been around people who have this disability. It allows many different things to be thought and you become a lot closer to Melody (main character) especially when there are some tough times. I would rate this book a 9/10 as it was very creatively written but I felt as though the ending was a little to sudden for my liking. Apart from this, the book was amazing and I would definitely recommend the book to late primary and early secondary school students and ages above. I say this as some of the parts are a little confusing but even though I didn’t get my first option in Lit Circles, this book definitely made me want to come each lesson and I can almost guarantee you that when you start reading this book, you will not want to put it down 😉

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  43. Last year I was lucky enough to get the chance to read Out of my mind.
    This story made my laugh,cry and I was very fond of it as it relates to some people in our world these days who have a disability like Melody.
    There were many good characters in this book like Melody’s cute sister Penny
    and also her neighbour, who play a big roll in Melody’s life to help and assist her.
    Although not a lot of people believe in Melody that she can do many things like compete in the Quiz competition for her school, she builds up the courage and proves to them that she can!.
    I definitely did not want this book to end as it was such a inspiring and uplifting story.
    I would recommend it as a 9/10

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  44. Tahlia said:

    Out of my mind was a very inspiring book, I read this book for Lit Circles and I remember getting home and reading the chapter that we had to. I don’t really like reading books and I was really happy with myself for reading the whole book.

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  45. Out of my Mind is one of my favourite books! I do not like reading books at all but this book drew me in straight away. It’s about a young girl named Melody who has a photographic memory and has a condition called Cerebral Palsy. Melody has trouble holding objects, can’t walk and has been in a wheelchair her whole life. Melody goes to school and has many teachers looking out for her. Melody moves to a new classroom where they have a special aid teacher who helps many other children with problems. Melody and the aid teacher become very close friends and she isn’t like most teachers. She is always helping Melody out to achieve what Melody is trying to achieve and the aid never gives up on Melody no matter how hard things may get. Melody has a younger sister who is hilarious and cute and her parents who are extremely supportive. Their neighbour Mrs V is extremely kind and helps Melody and her family out. Mrs V gets a special laptop designed for her to help her communicate and help her show others what she can’t herself. This book bring tears to my eyes and really made me think of how hard it would be for her. I suggest this book to anyone between the age of 12 and onwards. I rate it a 10/10. 🙂

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  46. Rebecca said:

    Out of my mind is one of my favourite books. Melody has a photographic memory and also has a condition called cerebral palsy. She isn’t able to hold things or walk, she has been stuck in a wheelchair her whole life. As Melody moves into her new classroom, they have a special aid teacher who helps with the other kids that also have problem along with the normal classroom teacher. Melody and the special aid teacher become very close because she isn’t like the normal teachers who just give up on her, she believes in her that she can achieve anything just like a normal kid. Mrs V her next-door neighbour is very kind too, she helps melody get a special machine to help her talk and looks after her very much.
    I suggest this book to anyone who likes a good laugh and doesn’t mind a bit of a cry. I think this book is for people 10 and over.

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  47. Freya Dess said:

    I definitely recommend Out of My Mind.
    Melody is an amazing eleven year old girl, with a photographic memory, a wheelchair and a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. She can’t talk or walk or hold objects but she is the smartest person in grade 5/6. Stuck in room H5 with a different teacher every year, she finally ends up with a good teacher. Through her story Mrs V, Catherine, Butterscotch, Penny and her parents are always with her. A new friend, a quiz team and something that will change a lot in her life will start with her in grade 5.

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  48. laymac said:

    I loved out of my mind, it is a powerful novel about those whom may not look or act intelligent but inside they have features everyone should be jealous of. My favourite part of out of my mind was when melody tried to get her mothers attention when she ran over penny, this is because it shows that she is intelligent and she does have a brain. My favourite character was Mrs. V because she believe in melody 100% and taught her everything she kneed to know, she even mixed her in with the “Normal” kids. I would recommend this book to people aged 10 and onwards, it is an intriguing novel with lots of twists and turns.

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  49. Amy Lizmore said:

    I had to read this book for lit circle. When I first got told that I was reading ” Out of my Mind”
    I was think that this book will be “Great”.

    After I started reading the book it was acutely really good.

    My favourite character is Melody. She is so strong and she can pull through anything.

    I wish I could change the way that the other people look at her. So that other people don’t judge her before that they get to know her.

    I would recommend this book to people who like realistic books without magic. it is really down to earth.

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  50. Georgia G said:

    Out of my mind is such a great book well unto the part i have read, i am currently reading it and it in Lit circles and it is really really good.
    Out of my mind is about this girl named Melody and she has cerebral palsy which is a disease that make it much much harder for you to move and you can’t really feed yourself walk talk etc.
    My favourite parts of this book so far is when Melody said I love you to her mum and Dad for the first time and also when she gets in to the whiz kids quiz and there team wins the round and then get to go to Washington D.C.
    This book great to read to the family before bed or to just read on your own but altogether I would rate this book so far a 10/10 and would recommend it to all of my friends.

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  51. Mackensie said:

    Throughout the whole book I loved it, every minute was full of drama and there was never a moment where everything was going well and if it was something big or small was right around the corner. Melody is a really interesting character, she is really strong and
    independent. This book allowed me to open my eyes and realise that some people aren’t okay and need help whether the problem is big or small. This is a really cute and heart felt story. I liked that it wasn’t a long book, and it was easy to read, I rate it an 8/10.

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  52. Claudia said:

    • Out Of My Mind • Sharon Draper •

    When I first started reading ‘Out of my mind’ there wasn’t really a story line and I wasn’t loving the book but eventually as the book went on I started to get into it.

    Melody being the Character that had Cerebral palsy was smart, kind and loving.
    Though out the book I felt sad for Melody because we take everything for granted and want more but other people like Melody want things like a voice or be able to walk but can’t do any of those things.

    Out of my minds ending was not my favorite it was cute to relate back to the start but I thought it would have been different.

    I rate this book a 6/10 because I thought it would be different.

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  53. Isobel said:

    This book was great it is about a girl with cerebral palsy and cant walk talk or even feed her self! she over comes her differences and challenges and learns that she is a lucky one!
    i love this book and it made me want to read again!
    i rate it an 8/10! 🙂

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  54. Brooke said:

    This book is so touching and really pulls at your heart strings. Melody’s journey throughout the book really makes you feel emotional and lucky that you don’t have a disability and you can do most things without needing help. Melody is a fighter and believes in everyone that they can be successful and happy without being rude or mean to other people. This book is such a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes sad/journey books and quite emotional books. I rate this book an 8/10.

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  55. I recommend the book Out of my Mind. It is a book about a little girl with cerebral palsy and how she over comes her challenges and how she expresses her knowledge to others. It is by far one of my favourite books and I defiantly got a lot out of it. I really think you should get this book and have a read 🙂

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  56. I finished a book called out of my mind the other day and i strongly recommend it to everyone!! it is such a touching and meaningful story that shows you the real world of different people. It has ups and downs but is one of the best books i have ever read. You must read it for a full understanding, it is a great book you should definitely read!

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  57. I have read the hole book now. i really enjoyed it.It was really interesting. I found some parts sad and some parts funny! I thought Melody was a very strong person. In some parts of the book i feel sad and felt liking crying. It was a touching story and i really loved it! I recommend, it to everyone because i think it is the book for everyone, i didn’t really read much and like books, but i loved this book.It is one of my favorite books!

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  58. Jasmine said:

    The overall book wasn’t really what I would choose to read normally. But in saying that I actually quite enjoyed this book and reading a new type of book. It was really well written in a way that Melody who has cerebral palsy and can’t talk, walk or eat herself can expresses her feelings and makes the reader want to feel what she is feeling. Some parts were slow but others are really interesting and you don’t want to stop reading. You grow a connection with her and her friends and family. Its about Melody’s struggles and progression through life and school as she attempts to fit in and be normal but its a bit hard when you are ‘special’ . People might try to patronize her and put her down but Melody is strong and extremely intelligent and has people supporting her. It depends on what type of books you are into on wether you will enjoy this or not. I would defiantly recommend it but its not for everyone.

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  59. Molly said:

    I really enjoyed this book and i think i really connected with this book with Melody having cerebral palsy because one of my friends her best friend has got a sister with cerebral palsy and i think some of the ways they described Melody i got.
    I think i learned a lot from this book and i think i have a lot more respect for the parents that have kids with a disability.
    I really enjoyed this book and i am very happy i talked myself into reading this book .

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  60. I am reading a book called out of my mind, I have just started reading it for english and i am all ready in love with it. Its about a 12 year old girl called Melody who has been stuck in a wheelchair her whole life, she has a condition called cerebral palsy, which does not allow the brain to work as well as ours. I can relate to this book a lot as i have a very cute sister with a condition called rett syndrome. I have not finished reading the book but i can not put it down

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