Out of my mind

By Sharon Draper

Melody Brooks 11 years old, was born with cerebral palsy. Her parents have done all they can to help her live a normal life, but life is often frustrating for Melody because she cannot speak or communicate her wishes. In fact, Melody was even diagnosed as profoundly different  when she was five. Melody's mother enrolled her in public school to give her the opportunities she needed to succeed.

Mrs. V., Melody's neighbor, is a kind, but tough woman, who pushes Melody to do the best she can. Mrs. V. was not content to allow three year old Melody to rely on her parents for everything. For this reason, Mrs. V. forced Melody to learn how to roll over and how to crawl. Mrs. V. even taught Melody how to catch herself whenever she fell from her wheelchair. This things helped Melody become more self-sufficient. However, Melody continues to be reliant on her parents to feed her, to help her go to the bathroom, and she would never learn to speak.

When Melody is eight, her mother becomes pregnant. Melody can overhear them talking about the new baby and their fears that she will suffer the same disabilities as Melody. Melody feels guilty and ashamed when she overhears these conversations. However, even Melody is happy when the baby, Penny, is born perfectly normal.

As Penny grows and matures, Melody feels a little jealous that a baby is doing all the things she will never be able to do. However, Melody adores her little sister and is pleased with the pleasure the baby brings her parents.

When Melody begins fifth grade, the new teacher brings a great deal of change, including an inclusion program that allows the special education children to join normal classes. Melody even gets an aide to help her with the classes. Melody enjoys the classes, but she dislikes the way the other students assume that she is stupid. Even the teacher assumes Melody cannot participate and is surprised when she not only participates, but passes the test exam of a trivia competition with a perfect score.

Melody participates in the qualifying exam to be part of the trivia competition and once again surprises everyone when she makes the team. Melody then helps the team win the qualifying competition to win a trip to Washington, D.C. for the national competition. However, on the day the group is to fly to Washington, Melody learns her flight has been canceled due to weather, but the rest of the team has made an earlier flight without her.

The following day, Melody insists on going to school. It is raining and Melody's mother is tired, sick, and frustrated. Therefore, when Melody kicks, hits, and screams to warn her mother that Penny has slipped out of the house and is in the path of the car, her mother fails to understand. Penny is hit by the car and injured. Melody feels bad for not being able to warn her mother even though everyone, especially Mrs. V. assures her it is not her fault. In the end, Melody learns that Penny is going to be fine. Her class also apologizes for their lack of consideration toward her.

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2 years ago
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This is the dad he is not really in the book but he is the father of the two girls and the husband of the mother!

2 years ago
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How the book Out of my mind relates to me is that i would love to work and visit different people like her and I would love to visit her!

2 years ago
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The only bad thing in this book is when Penny got hit by the car and also when Melody got the disease!

2 years ago
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Mostly where they sit is on there couch in there house and where Melody always is, is in her wheelchair!!!!!

2 years ago
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Melody kind of gets interviewed by the competition and she gets most of the attention in the book

2 years ago
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And also when a teacher gets to talk to her for her medi-talker and Mrs. V helps her point to her needs!!

2 years ago
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When Penny got hit by the car I was so sad, and it was a bad ending to the good book!!!!!

2 years ago
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The settings of the book is at Mrs. Vs, at Melody's house, the competition place!!!!!

2 years ago
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What I thought of this book is that it is a amazing book and I would recommend this book to anybody because it has amazing detail about everything that is happening in the book, and I would read it to a elementary class if I was a teacher!!!

2 years ago
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This book relates to, Wonder, the book is kind of like this, just a boy who has a different look in his face and he is going to a new school trying to get used to everything!