Out of My Mind Had Me Going Out of My Mind With Sadness

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 The book by Sharon Draper takes the reader on a journey through the lens of Melody Brooks, a girl that is a genius, and nobody but her parents has figured it out, and all this is because Melo

 The book by Sharon Draper takes the reader on a journey through the lens of Melody Brooks, a girl that is a genius, and nobody but her parents has figured it out, and all this is because Melody has a photographic memory, she knows the words to all the commercials, and all the words to her books. When the kids in Melody’s classroom for the disabled have a chance to go to the classrooms for ‘normal’ kids, Melody doesn’t know what to think. But, she meets Rose, a nice girl who treats Melody like a ‘normal’ child. Although some of the kids are nice, there is also Molly and Claire, best friends, and ‘double trouble’. They don’t like Melody and think that she is incapable of what everyone else does, like talk and play soccer. Soon though, when Melody gets a personal aide, everything in her confined world changes. Melody finds the MediTalker. The MediTalker is a device that Melody and her neighbor Mrs. V. could upload thousands of words into, and with the press of her fists, Melody would be able to let the Meditalker speak the words that she has always wanted to say to her parents: I love you. She can now speak whenever, and wherever she pleases. Just as things start to become normal, and Melody gets used to her new integrated classes, she gets a baby sister- Penny Brooks, that most perfect baby, and child ever to live.
As Melody adapts to things once again, The Whiz Kids Quiz Team pops up. She gets chosen to take place in this national contest where you try to answer questions about your patella and Copenhagen, Denmark correctly. You also get to be on Good Morning America if you win. Melody loves and grasps this concept as much as she can. And when her team wins the regional contest, they pack their bags for Washington D.C., until the most dastardly thing ever happens, but since I don’t want to spoil it for you, I won’t tell you what happens. Eventually, Melody gets over it, but accidents do occur, and Melody soon must become the bravest little girl ever. She has hope.
This book brought me to tears, with sadness, and happiness, but most of all, I felt like I understood and felt exactly like Melody did. I really did enjoy this book, but it did have some parts that may not be suitable for younger kids. I recommend this book that is just over 300 pages to kids between the ages of 10-13 years old. I will never forget the extremely powerful voice of Melody Brooks.