Out of My Mind

Book review by Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media
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age 10+

Girl with cerebral palsy conquers challenges in moving tale.

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age 9+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 70 reviews

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age 10+
Read this fairly recently. As a disabled individual myself, I can relate to Melody even though I don't have cerebral palsy. Looking forward to reading the sequel, Out of my Heart, later this year!

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age 10+

Outstanding book that can be disturbing

As other reviews note, this is an exceptionally important book for kids to read. Its vivid portrayal of the viewpoint of a smart 5th grader who can't speak or move herself due to cerebral palsy will open many eyes to ways we all marginalize those who are different. (spoiler alert) I wasn't aware when starting this book that its approach of telling the painful part of the story goes to a pretty dark and disturbing event at the end of one of the later chapters. We were reading it as bedtime reading and should not have ended without reading the next two chapters. It might trigger some parents who work so hard to overcome difficult circumstances but things just seem to get worse. I think my daughter had an easier time with it than I did.

Book Details

  • Author: Sharon M. Draper
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Great Girl Role Models
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • Publication date: March 9, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 18
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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