Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Out of My Mind
By Sharon Draper
Lexile = 700
Oh wow…. This book has got me thinking. First: I love the cover. You will too when you get the connection with the story. Hate to ruin it for you here, so I will just tell you that the story of Ollie the fish is on page 62.
Melody is a smart, smart, fifth grade girl. She actually has a photographic memory, which helps a lot in school, except for the fact that Melody has cerebral palsy and has never spoken. As she says (or writes), “It limits my body, but not my mind.” She has a wheelchair and has very limited control over her body. Melody is telling the story, so we know how smart she is, but she can’t tell anyone around her anything.
Because of her obvious physical challenges, everyone treats Melody differently. Of course many kids at school make fun of her. Most people talk “over” her as if she can’t hear or isn’t even there. Her life changes when she gets a “Medi-talker” that is a keyboard that Melody can use to speak for her. Suddenly, it becomes obvious that Melody is not only intelligent, but also has a sharp wit and has a lot going on in that head.
Her class is involved in a trivia challenge that will be televised. Only a few classmates will actually be chosen, and they have to be the best. I’ll let you read the rest. I think you’ll love it.