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Out of My Mind

ISBN: 9781416971719 | 1416971718
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: 5/1/2012

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Melody has a photographic memory. She remembers everything that has ever happened to her in precise, exact detailfrom the words to a song she once heard when she was little to what she ate for a typical mundane breakfast. She also knows thousands and thousands of facts. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Alwaysand there#x19;s no delete button. She#x19;s the smartest kid in her whole schoolbut, NO ONE knows because she has virtually no way of communicating. Melody has cerebral palsy. All most people see is a special needs kid--never suspecting that trapped inside this eleven-year old girl is more information and insight than they ever imagined. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mindthat is until she discovers a computerized talking device that will allow her communicate for the first time ever. A dream come true! At last, she's able to talk, to be in a regular classroom, and have regular conversations! Melody even joins the Whiz Kids Quiz Teamand becomes one of their most valuable members. She#x19;s showing everyone what she is really capable of and surprising even herself with the power of her computerized voice. But, what if peopleteachers, classmates, friendsdon#x19;t want Melody to succeed? And what if Melody#x19;s new voice isn#x19;t loud enough to be heard over all her difficulties? From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Melody is learning to communicate with the world&and teaching the world how to communicate with her. If you are brave enough, strong enough, if you can bear to listen, hers is a story you need to hear.

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