Author: Sharon M. Draper
Out of My Mind, is an excellent young adult novel. It’s a story of young girl named Melody with bilateral quadriplegia cerebral palsy. Melody is “super smart” but no one but her parents and caregiver know this because Melody cannot talk. She also cannot walk or hold things in her hands. Only her thumbs can move. Her life begins to change when she gets a new teacher, who sees her potential and values the beginning of inclusion within the school. For the first time, Melody becomes part of a club and all the things that come with being part of a group, jealousy, gossip, the right clothes, fitting in and friendships. When Melody is given a new way to communicate, not everyone is prepared to hear her message.
This is a heartwarming story. I can see it being part of an afterschool reading club. At the end of the book there is a Reading Group Guide with questions to kickstart a meaningful discussion.
Borrow this book, RBE 191, in our CISS resource library: http://www.cisslibrary-bibliosije.ca
Pina Giovannitti, RECE, BA Psych, BST, FNS Practitioner
CISS Behaviour Consultant