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Review of Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

by Cindy H | Sep 16, 2016
This is the touching and inspirational story about a girl named Melody. She has cerebral palsy, which has confined her to a wheelchair and left her incapable of speech. Despite her physical limitations Melody is extremely bright and longs to be able to vocalize all of the thoughts in her head. Although her parents know she is smart, very few doctors and teachers seem to be unable to see it. Melody refuses to give up on her dream to finally be able to communicate; she is determined to find a way.

Even though this is technically a fictional story, it still provides wonderful insight into the mind of someone with a disability. The reactions of the other characters in the story to Melody show the many different attitudes that people may have about those with disabilities. This story clearly shows that just because you have a disability that does not mean that you are limited in achieving great things, or feeling deeply; by the end of the story I felt like I had a greater understanding about cerebral palsy and disabilities in general. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a heartfelt story and wants to learn more about life through the eyes of someone struggling with physical limitations.​
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