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4.00006889424733 out of 54.00006889424733 out of 54.00006889424733 out of 54.00006889424733 out of 54.00006889424733 out of 5 4.00 (14,515 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon M. Draper Narrator: Sisi Aisha Johnson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781508222460
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Award-winning author Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write, is on CD from Simon & Schuster Audio!

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

In this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, listeners will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This powerful story…offers a wrenching insight into so many vital lives that the able-bodied overlook.”

    Denver Post

  • “Melody discovers that her inner strength and intelligence are more reliable than most of the humans around her. She becomes an activist for herself.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “This long-overdue audio narration of Draper’s 2010 middle grade novel is a breakout performance for voice actress Johnson, who skillfully brings together childlike sensitivity and grown-up gravitas as she gives life to Draper’s character Melody Brooks…Older children and their parents will enjoy the way Johnson brings life to this unforgettable character.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Kids will benefit from being introduced to Melody and her gutsy, candid, and compelling story.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The authenticity of the story is obvious…This highly readable, compelling novel quickly establishes [Melody’s] determination and intelligence and the almost insurmountable challenges she faces…For upper-elementary students yet also a story that will enlighten and resonate with teens and adults.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson puts eleven-year-old Melody’s active mind and vivacious personality front and center…Johnson is expressive and works well with accents, creating distinct voices that round out the personalities that surround Melody…Particularly good for family listening.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Book for Children and Teens
  • A Parents' Choice Award Silver Medalist
  • Winner of the 2012 Beehive Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the California Young Reader Medal
  • Winner of the 2012 Young Hoosier Book Award
  • Winner of the Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award for 2013
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
  • Nominated for the 2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • Nominee for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • Finalist for the Indies Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • Second Place Winner for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
  • Winner of the 2014 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award
  • Nominee for the Nene Award for Children's Fiction
  • Nominated for the 2013 Sequoyah Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Milton | 2/15/2014

    " This is a super book. It is told from the perspective of a girl with Cerebral Palsy, whose body does not work but whose brain is extremely smart. She is not able to talk but ends up getting a machine to help her, and her life changes in many ways once she has that machine. She learns many lessons and she teaches many lessons to others who do not understand her disabilities. This book gives wonderful perspective to able-bodied people like me to be more sensitive, and less surprised at the extreme abilities of seemingly disabled people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L13_Natasha | 2/7/2014

    " Melody is a brillant eleven year old girl trapped in a body that does not work. Born with cerebral palsy, she struggles daily with her life that others have no way of understanding. Her story will capture you from page one as she explains how easy it is for her to learn. Words fill her head, but she has no way of sharing any of her thoughts. Passionate about colors, she embeds them in descriptions thoughout her story and uses them to describe her moods. She is candid about her frustrations of restriction and isolation. "When people look at me, I guess they see a girl with short, dark, curly hair strapped into a pink wheelchair. By the way,there is nothing cute about a pink wheelchair. Pink doesn't change a thing." When Melody finally acquires a voice through a Medi-Talker computer, the world of communication is wide open. Unfortunately, it does fix everything. Draper has painted a beautiful picture that will make you see a new red, green, black, and grey and never see the world around you the same. An engaging read all the way to its powerful ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julianna Benish mielcarek | 2/5/2014

    " Great for middle school literature circles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Katz | 1/30/2014

    " This was one of the saddest books I've ever read but one I will never forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caelum | 1/22/2014

    " this was a good touching book that was very sad in the end. I couldn't stop reading this book. It had really good characters and a few intense cliffhangers that really had me on the edge of my seat! 4 out of 5 stars because i think there should have been more at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrickl | 1/22/2014

    " The book was really enjoyable and was easy to read. I liked the character, and it had a pretty good plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janssen | 1/16/2014

    " Pounded through this in a single airplane ride. I know I would have loved this as a kid and I loved it as an adult too. Kind of painful, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Burr | 1/16/2014

    " This should be required reading for every teacher! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Bergin | 1/15/2014

    " Out of My Mind is great book with wonderful characterization that really makes the reader question how they treat other people. The main character Melody is such a strong girl and her story is captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 12/25/2013

    " Really sheds a new light on things. Makes you really think that sometimes poor behavior from special Education children are warranted. I am thinking through a new set of eyes about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thalia Wilson | 12/25/2013

    " This book was very touching and even made me cry! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernadette | 12/11/2013

    " I don't read young adult books very often but the saleperson at B & N highly recommended it for my daughter and said I should read it also. Fantastic book!!! My daughter loved it as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vici | 12/7/2013

    " Great book about a multi-handicapped that shows her friends in some heartbreaking ways that inside she is just as smart, if not smarter, than they are. Causes teachers and students to look at their special friends in a whole new light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 alexs | 11/22/2013

    " I love the book. It makes you feel emotions that we cant feel. I mean, kids actually live like this. I love the ending it makes you feel a variety of feelings too "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Maza | 10/26/2013

    " Read because my daughter read it and ended up loving it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Hilleshiem | 8/5/2013

    " Excellent. A must read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mbrooke | 4/4/2013

    " Should be required reading for all teachers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 3/22/2013

    " A must read! I laughed, I cried, I was angry, I was frustrated, and I had to wonder how often I, as a teacher, had underestimated my ELL students because they couldn't communicate with me all that they know due to a language barrier. A most excellent story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandria Tso | 12/6/2012

    " unique voice "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 11/25/2012

    " One of the best books I have ever read! An emotional rollercoaster! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 4/22/2012

    " Read this at the request of my daughter, and very glad I did. Wonderful narrative that evokes a spectrum of emotion and really makes you think. Four stars instead of five only because I thought it ended a little too abruptly - felt a bit unfinished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moira | 11/30/2011

    " Interesting look at what life would be like if you were trapped without words. Observing how society can treat those we perceive as being handicapped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Shubert | 11/2/2011

    " Main character is 100, and has cerebral palsy: She cannot walk, talk, feed herself, etc. Parts are incredibly sad, but there's a lot of happy parts too, as the character makes it from the special ed class into some regular classes where she meets non-handicapped students, makes friends, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.m.a | 8/19/2011

    " Amazingly inspirational story about Melody. Great summer read for any educator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/24/2011

    " A great book for a teacher to read....and a great book for students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 5/23/2011

    " Simple read. For those of us in special education who work with non-verbal students, a must read. Provides good food for thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 5/22/2011

    " Read this for my daughter's 3rd grade book club. Can't wait to hear what the girls think about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 5/19/2011

    " A book that should be read by every teacher to every class. Wow.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/16/2011

    " omg if i could read this over and over again and get the same thrill as i did the first time i would. i read this book 2 times and loved it! i am "out of my mind" because this book is the best script of words since Edgar Allen Poe! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katelynn | 5/14/2011

    " I was a bit disappointed in the ending. I wanted Melody to be more vindicated, but I suppose that would have been too cliche. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 5/6/2011

    " Really poignant. Love this book. This book really makes you appreciate what you have and realize that you've been taking a lot for granted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom&daughter | 5/6/2011

    " I think this book was really, really, REALLY good. I love the fact that the girl is so super smart. I stayed up late finishing it (school night) and I really, truly loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lakenzwa | 5/3/2011

    " Book is great, and most talks about a little girl, who is born as the smallest thing you would ever see. She can not talk, walk, or move. With that she can not write. All of this makes the book interesting and a reader eager to keep reading. "

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About the Author
Author Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. 

About the Narrator

Sisi Aisha Johnson has narrated numerous audiobooks and has twice won the AudioFile Earphones Award.