Life is at once beautiful and brutal. Sometimes it’s easy to want to call it quits, turn away and never look back. For those moments in life, when all seems to be falling apart, I turn to Sharon Draper’s lovely young adult book, Out Of My Mind. (Linked to Los Angeles public library.)
Draper’s book tells the story of a young girl age 11 who has never spoken a word in her entire life. She is highly gifted mentally but has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder, which keeps her bound to an electric wheelchair. If you’ve ever felt sorry for yourself, like a small puppy kicked around by life – you will find perspective from this extraordinary young girl who not only manages to speak – but to navigate this world with courage and enthusiasm.
Melody is an 11 year old girl who has never spoken a word. She is highly gifted and knows mountains of words. She can recall what she was wearing two years ago on any given date, she remembers new words with ease – often referring to words as liquid bits of sweetness that melt gently on her tongue, and is courageous beyond her years. She is unable to walk or talk without the aid of an electric machine she named Elvira. Due to her illness she is sent to a special needs class where she is forced to watch television reruns over and over again. She calls it the worst form of mental torture imaginable. Her story is truly a literary gem that everyone deserves to read.
Tags: Books, Out Of My Mind, Reviews, Sharon M. Draper
This post was written by Edward Singleton