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review 2018-06-08 20:19
Review of Out of My mind by Sharon Draper
Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

My 7th grade daughter has read this book multiple times and encouraged me to read it as well.  What a wonderful story whose main character and narrator is a young girl who has cerebral palsy and cannot communicate.  However, she has a photographic memory and in telling the story, we can read how she has a brilliant mind.  When she reaches the 5th grade, she buys a computer that allows her to talk through it.  It opens up her world, especially with her family, but she still struggles to find acceptance with peers at school.  I won't say more so as to not give away spoilers, but my only disappointment with the book is that it did not have the ending I would have wished for.  

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review 2018-05-12 18:38
Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

Melody isn't able to move her limbs or even speak. All of her thoughts are stuck inside of her head and she needs to prove to everyone that she is just as smart as them. However, doing this won't be easy.

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text 2017-12-31 17:28
Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

My favourite character in the book is Melody Brooks. The reason is because she may not be able to communicate with the rest of the world but she is still a very intelligent and determined girl. She never cared about the looks she got from other people and she is determined to somehow get across what she has to say. She is also very intelligent as she can remember everything down to the tiniest details, which is what makes her the smartest in her school. One day she gets a device that helps her communicate with the people around her called a “Medi- Talker” which, Is like a large computer with large sized buttons for her to easily press and put acros what she has to say.

I really like this book as it Important values and morals in life and it uses good vocabulary that I can use for my own learning. This book teaches me not to look down on disabled people, not to be constantly negative about things and have morals and values that we will follow in life.

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text 2017-11-21 15:28
Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

My favorite character in this book is Melody Brooks. This is because Melody never gives up easily to find ways for her to communicate with other students in her school. It was difficult for her to communicate with people as she could not talk, walk or even write. She has a photographic memory which means her head is like a video camera that is always recording. With a photographic memory, She could remember things easily and this is why she is the smartest kid in her whole school. Even though she is the smartest kid, no one knows it as she could not communicate with others. One day, she got a "Medi-Talker" which is something like a laptop but with huge buttons that Melody could press as she could not control her fingers normally. it can speak anything Melody wants to say. All she had to do is to press what she wants to say. Another reason why is that she likes music just like I do. She likes classical and also jazz as her mom loves classical and her dad loves jazz.

 

The reason why I enjoyed this book is that this book is very interesting as I had never read this kind of book about disabilities before. In this book, I learn that we should not give up easily and also not look down on people with disabilities. I like the sentence "it is my opinion that Melody is severely brain-damaged and profoundly retarded." in the book. 

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review 2017-05-15 00:00
Stella by Starlight
Stella by Starlight - Sharon M. Draper,Sarah Jane Coleman It was ok. Definitely not in Draper's usual style. The racial tensions either felt forced or trite, as she is just jumping from one social problem (disabilities) to another. The characters, including Stella, felt pretty weak, and the development as well. Many things were predictable, like the need to have her go talk with Dr. Packard at one point, and the fire.
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