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Book Title: Out of My Mind
Transcript of Book Title: Out of My Mind
The time in which most of the action in the story occurred was during Melody Brooks' 5th grade school year at Spaulding Street Elementary School. The place where most of the action in the story occurred was at Melody's home, Mrs. V's house, and Spaulding Street Elementary. And finally, the atmosphere that I took away from this book was very hopeful because Melody keeps trying- every day of her life and never gives up hope!
Eleven year old Melody Brooks has a photographic memory. She remembers everything. Melody is the most intelligent student in attendance at Spaulding Street Elementary School- but NO ONE knows it!
Although there are many conflicts in this story, one of the main problems is that Melody's physical abilities are very limited. She can't walk. She can't talk. She can't write. She can't communicate her thoughts and feelings...and she hasn't been able to for the past eleven years. For eleven years she has been stuck inside of her head. Can you imagine what that would feel like?
The almost 11 year old intelligent, wheelchair-bound protagonist of the story- who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at a
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a wonderful story.
I hope you find some time in your future to sit down and enjoy 'Out of My Mind'!
Summer Reading Project 2014
Out of My Mind
By Sharon M. Draper
Even though Melody has been unable to communicate her thoughts and ideas for almost eleven years of her life, she never stops trying to tell people how she feels. And eventually, she finds her voice! She is very
very young age. Although she hasn't spoken one word in her entire life, when she finally does find her voice, she couldn't be more excited!
Mrs. V's House
Fifth Grade Hallway
Melody's adorable little sister who
Melody's loving parents who
her diapers, spoon fed her, pushed her in her wheelchair, etc.)
Mrs. V (Violet Valencia)-
have cared for Melody her whole life (ex. changed
Mrs. V is the
Brooks' bubbly neighbor. She helps to take care
of Melody after school, when Mr. and Mrs. Brooks are
both working. She is a great inspiration for Melody!
Mr. and Mrs. Brooks-
The first real friend Melody makes at Spaulding
Street Elementary. Rose is the first person Melody knows that truly accepts who she is .
patient - and it pays off!
One of Melody's fifth grade teachers and
quiz team coach. He is unfair to her and greatly underestimates her.
The overweight, disgusting
doctor that diagnosed Melody to be
"severely brain-damaged and
The other "normal" fifth graders
at Spaulding Street Elem. who are mean to Melody.
They don't accept her for who she really is.
thinks the world of Melody and loves her for
who she is.
I Love You, Mom!
Melody's spunky, college
aged classroom aide.
As as young child, Melody's life consisted of multiple doctors' visits, in which all of the doctors deemed Melody incapable of learning. And up until recently, her school days have included the same preschool level alphabet lessons- day, after day, after day. If only Melody could speak her mind... but she can't. She can't walk, she can't talk.
Melody is about to go out of her mind trying to communicate... until one day, she doesn't have to. She
discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time in 11 years... but is everyone that
The solution to Melody's problem comes when Melody figures out a way for her voice to be heard. She can finally communicate- a task that has been next to impossible for eleven years... and she couldn't be more excited!
knows Melody ready to hear it?
is a great book to read if you think that
people who are living with disabilities are not as intelligent as you. You might be surprised at how smart they really are!
Person vs. Self