Title Profile & Character Information

Out of My Mind

Annotation
From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.
"If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it" (Denver Post).
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.
In this breakthrough story--reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly--from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

Awards
2011-2012  Sunshine State Young Reader's Book Award
2011-2012  Black-Eyed Susan Book Award
2012  Beehive Children's Fictional Book Award
2012-2013  Young Hoosier Book Award
2012-2013  Prairie Pasque Award
2012-2013  Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
2013  Land of Enchantment Book Award
2013  Nevada Young Reader's Award
2013  Mark Twain Award
2013  California Young Reader Medal
2013  Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
2014  Nutmeg Children's Book Award

Characters
NameMelody
GenderGirl
OccupationStudent
TraitsDisabled
Wheelchair-bound

GenreFiction
Juvenile
Family
TopicsChildren with disabilities
Communication
Memories
Misunderstandings
Computers
Cerebral palsy
Bullying
SettingWashington, D.C.