Book Letter #5: Out of My Mind

So I have been writing a lot of book letters for the past week and I wanted to share this really good one with you guys! So here it is!


I have read a book called ‘Out of My Mind’ by Sharon M. Draper. It is about a girl named Melody. This book takes place mostly in Melody’s house and her school. I do not know in what city or town this book takes place.

Melody has a syndrome called Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy prevents her from walking or talking, but does not effect her mind. For instance, she can’t even go to the bathroom by herself, but she is really good at math and other subjects. She also has a photographic memory, so she remembers almost everything she sees or hears. In the book, Melody describes her mind as ‘a video camera that never stops recording’.

Another important character is Ms. V. She is the neighbor to Melody and her family. When Melody’s parents go somewhere, they leave Melody with Mrs. V. In the middle of the book, she finds out that Melody has found on the Internet (with some help) a voice communicator where she can press buttons and her words are spoken out of a speaker!

When Melody finds her voice, many people are amazed that Melody is actually brilliant! So, her school asks her if she wants to be on the team for the national kid quiz! She accepts and she is so happy!
This book reminds me of another book called Wonder by R.J. Palacio because it is about a boy with a deformed face and his experiences going to school and getting teased. But, fortunately, BOTH of these books end well.

This books reminds me of real life because if I knew someone like Melody, I would help him/her physically and support him/her mentally like one of the characters in this book. I would not only help them get around, but I would also encourage them to do things that other people might not think they could do and help build their confidence.

This book relates to my life because if I had a debilitating disease, I would say to myself, ‘just because I can’t move or talk doesn’t mean I can’t do great things like every other person in this world.’ I would do what people thought was impossible.

My favorite part of this book is when Melody got her voice communicator and talked to her parents for the first time. It was really emotional. I’ve got to say, this book is really touching and I could really imagine myself in Melody’s place.

Sounds like a great book, right? I think it was really good and all of you, adults or kids should definitely read it. Do you know anybody who has a story like this? I don’t, but maybe you do!
See you later,