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Out of My Mind

by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2010, 304 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2012, 320 pages

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A novel for young readers about an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, struggling for a way to communicate

While I was in college, I worked for a summer at a camp for challenged children. Their challenges ranged from physical to emotional to psychological. They were utterly amazing people - all of them - and they taught me volumes about how to see people for exactly who they are, no more and certainly no less. But the person who taught me the most about this was not a camper, but a co-counselor. Mark couldn't walk, he was in a wheelchair. Mark could barely speak, his words were slow and garbled. Mark also couldn't feed himself, we co-counselors took turns helping him eat. Mark had cerebral palsy, just like Melody in Sharon M. Draper's Out of My Mind - and just like Melody, inside of the physical limitations of his body, was a clear and creative thinking mind. Just like Melody, Mark had an extraordinary spirit just waiting to burst out.

Out of My Mind begins with Melody's strong, smart ...

Recommended for ages 9-12

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