Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Melody has a photographic memory; she remembers everything she hears. She is insanely smart - the only thing is no one else knows. Melody can't speak, walk, or even eat on her own because she has cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, no one knows the "real" Melody.

She is in a special class in school with other students with disabilities. Teachers come and go with very little consistency; Melody is so very tired of learning the alphabet year after year. There is no interaction with other students in school until the school begins a new inclusion program where Melody and several other students from her class are integrated into several mainstream classes.

Told from Melody's point of view, this is the story of how Melody goes from the girl in a wheelchair who cannot speak, to a valuable member of the school's competitive quiz team.

Melody's journal is not without many bumps in the road. Not every student is willing to look beyond Melody's disabilities. And many times this book made me very angry, but I am so very glad I read it.

Out of My Mind made me look at myself and wonder if I have ever prejudged someone; I'm sure I have, but this book has made me very aware that I never want to do it again.

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