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Out of My Mind de Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind (edição: 2012)

de Sharon M. Draper

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Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Título:Out of My Mind
Autores:Sharon M. Draper
Informação:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
Coleções:5th-6th Grade Readers, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Chapter Books
Etiquetas:Girl, Cerebral Palsy, Intelligent, Misunderstood, Special Needs

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Out of My Mind de Sharon M. Draper

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In much the same way that RJ Palacio's book, Wonder resonated, this book shines a similar light on a child with physical developmental problems: Melody is an eleven-year old girl, suffering from cerebral palsy. Her body is crippled, making it impossible for her to do virtually anything for herself, especially communicate all of the things happening in her much developed brain. She is a mop for facts and ideas, which eventually is discovered when two seminal events occur: first, she and her school aide find a Medi-Talker computer, and then, she is finally introduced into inclusion classes at Spaulding Street Elementary School. Much like August, she has to endure the taunts of classmates, the ignorance of doctors and teachers, and some enormous emotional highs and lows, but she is able to endure and excel with loving support from her parents, baby sister, a neighbor/caregiver (Mrs. Valencia), and her college-aged aide, Catherine.

It is no accident that this book has been one of the NY Times bestseller lists for two years. Recommended. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I'm of two minds with this book. On the one hand it's a nicely written story about an eleven year old girl with cerebral palsy who is bright and perceptive, but who is living a life of frustration because she can't speak or communicate in a meaningful way. Sharon Draper does a great job showing Melody's longing to be like the other kids who can run around at recess and share secrets with their friends and participate in life. She also does a wonderful job writing about the snarkiness of fifth graders, and the devastation a child can feel when everybody just sees the handicap, but not the person.

On the other hand...I checked the copyright date on this book more than once and I searched in vain for some historical reference to see if this story was supposed to be set in, say, the 1970's. The way that Draper writes about special education is straight out of that time period. And yes, there probably are incompetent, insensitive special education teachers out there, but every single one from kindergarten on? That school system needs to find a better personnel director.

And, assistive technology has been around for a long time, including computers with specialized keyboards or other devices for students with limited or no arm or hand control. Why doesn't Melody have more than a simple communication board? Given the way her parents are portrayed in the book, it's impossible to believe that they wouldn't have insisted on it.

For me these issues overwhelmed what could have been a really engaging story.

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  riemerreads | Jul 10, 2021 |
This story was heartbreaking yet sent such a powerful message. It followed the story of a young girl named Melody who has Cerebral Palsy and through her perspective, we are shown a year in the life of what it is like to be her, someone with a disability. She has a lot of inner monologue and spoke with many analogies which made it easier for the readers to understand what she felt like at certain times. It was a hard story to read because of all the tough things she has to deal with but a great book to read for middle schoolers and I would use it in the classroom to help portray people of disabilities.
  AliyaChin | Apr 23, 2021 |
Out of My Mind is a great novel about a girl with special needs named Melody. The story captures her life and story and her challenges.
Is a great novel read for older readers, most likely fourth and fifth graders. ( )
  EverettDowdy | Apr 20, 2021 |
This book is suitable for middle schoolers. It is about a girl named Melody who is so bright and intelligent. She has so much to offer to the world, her only set back is that she is unable to speak and communicate. Due to having cerebral palsy, she is unable to function like others her age, but she does not let that hold her back. She demonstrates to others that she is smart despite what others think about her. This book portrays the importance of language as well as finding identity in your abilities rather than your set backs. I would use this in a middle school classroom and have the students read it independently. As a group we would discuss the power of language, inclusion, and identity.
  emilyfdubois | Apr 16, 2021 |
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This book could be considered an eye opener to many. I think this would be a good book to read for teenage students because at that age everyone is different and sometimes kids can be cruel to children who aren't like them. I have a friend who has cerebral palsy so this book was very emotional but quite nice for me to read.
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Out of My Mind was a book that put things in perspective for me. This novel is about a girl name Melody who is not able to speak or walk. Melody is a 12 year old girl who is was diagnosed with Cerbal Palsy, throughout this book it covers so many themes such as, courage, empathy, perseverance and so much more. We see the obstacles Melody is faced throughout the novel and how she is treated by those around her. Many people in the novel judge Melody by her disability instead of an actual person. The way this book put things in perspective for me personally was how we take for granted the things we are able to do and how there are cruel teachers and classmates out there. This novel was a prime example of how not all teachers are the best. I think this shows how amazing Melody is as a person and how she overcomes what is thrown at her. Melody is such a strong kind hearted girl who just wants to fit in like everyone else. It also shows the love and support of her family and close friends. They love Melody unconditionally regardless of her disability. I think this is a book that all people should read not just education majors. This novel reminds you of how people are different, but love them for them despite how different they may be. I would highly recommend this novel as it brought so many emotions to me as a person.
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