Friday, April 13, 2012

Out of My Mind: What if you couldn't speak?

Out of My Mind
Hardcover, 304 pages
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, March 2010

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.

I was trying to find books from my sister's reading list that I would like to read from my library. Somehow I had found this book (even though it wasn't even on her list) and I'm so glad I did. 

Melody has such an easy to read "voice". She's funny. She has real feelings. She's smart. You can really get yourself inside the head of someone with a disability and what they might be thinking. But even though this book is about a disabled girl, it doesn't feel preachy. This book can change your perspective and entertain you as well.

The only thing I thought was a little odd was spoiler (the fact that her parents hadn't thought to get her something that could make her "talk" sooner? I guess they are two working and probably overstressed parents. But you'd think since Melody had her plastic board with words on it that they would have thought of something more.)

The lingo the kids used seemed a bit strange. Maybe a bit forced. But maybe kids really do speak in that manner nowadays.

Content Advisory: spoiler (child gets hit by a car), deals with children with disabilities
Rated: 4 Bites I really liked it and hope you will give it a chance to fill your tummy.
Out of My Mind is available in bookstores everywhere.

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