Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Student Recommendation: OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon Draper

Today's student review is from one of my 7th graders. She read a book that I still really need to read, and am looking even more forward to getting to soon based on her response.

Author: Sharon M. Draper
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Number of Pages: 295
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper is honestly my favorite book that I have read so far.  It is a very powerful book and has such so much feeling in it. I personally like Melody and Mrs. V. Melody is such a strong hearted girl; even though she basically gets bullied everyday at school and has a disease, she still stays strong throughout the whole thing and situation. Now Mrs. V reminds me of me. I don’t let anyone mess with my friends or with someone close to me and that’s exactly what she did. When I read other books, I usually don’t connect with them. But this book, I made a connection with. If there ever was a sequel I would want to most definitely read it to see how Melody is doing and how she is with her friends.  I recommend this book is EVERY 7th and 8th grader, and I can guarantee you won’t want to stop reading it, just like I didn’t. I rate this book 5 stars!

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