Thursday, November 26, 2015

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Draper, S. (2010). Out of my mind. NY: Atheneum.

Out of My Mind is a book about growing up both physically and mentally. Melody is a young girl that is a prisoner of her own body. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after her birth. Melody cannot communicate with the outside world until she is given a computer to help her. With the help of her communication computer she is able to join the rest of her regular education fifth grade class. Melody is a very intelligent girl that wins a spot on the schools trivia team. Although everything seems to be going well, she still encounters challenges in her journey of becoming a young woman.

Out of My Mind portrays the evaluative criteria of plot and theme very well. Melody is trapped in her own body when we begin the story. As we continue through the book she is slowly able to start communicating and be seen as the intelligent girl that she is. As the plot develops, we root for Melody’s success and although we are dealt heartache, the resolution of the story is one where the main character gets some satisfaction. The theme of the story is one of growth and heartache. We see Melody emerge from her struggles a much stronger person. The author then ends the story where she began it, therefore bringing the reader full circle.

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