Out of My Mind

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 9, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 304 pages
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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, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. 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.From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.

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User Review  - Erika.D - LibraryThing

I was really impressed with this story. It is narratived by an 11 year old girl with cerebral palsy. I enjoyed how the author placed the girl in a loving family dealing with a real life issue and how ... Read full review

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User Review  - TerriS - LibraryThing

This is a story of a 10-yr-old girl with cerebral palsy, she can't walk, she can't talk. And you might think, as I did, how can you have a story if the girl can't even talk?! Well, you can -- and it ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and has been a New York Times bestseller for well over three years. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

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