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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper


Book Summary

Melody is a fifth grader who remembers whatever she sees on TV.  She is an astute observer of the people around her, but she cannot walk or talk or read or write or even point to things.  In fact, her baby sister can communicate with most of the world more effectively than she can. This book is an incredible look at Melody's unique challenges, and readers may be surprised at how many challenges they share with her, from finding friends to relating to teachers and parents.  When an opportunity to join the school's quiz team arrives, can Melody find a way to prove how much she really knows?

Out of My Mind book cover
Out of My Mind

Book Review

This is an outstanding book. It was outstanding at all the things Wonder does well, before Wonder was out and considered wonderful. I have yet to meet a group of students untouched by Melody's story; this is an excellent read-aloud selection.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • School Relationships
  • Mobility & Communication Disabilities; Mainstreaming into Regular Education Classes
  • Family Support of Children with Disabilities
  • Ethics in Competition
  • Highly Intelligent Students
  • Hard Work, Perseverance
  • Finding Your Voice

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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