One of the most notable aspects of Out of my Mind, written by Sharon Draper, is the impressive internal dialogue and thinking that goes through the main character, Melody. This especially helps because she has cerebral palsy, a condition that might make the audience harder to relate with. However, although most of us will never experience the mistreatment Melody faced, her feelings are conveyed in a way that it makes her viewed as a regular preteen struggling to fit in at school when they are different compared to others. Nonetheless, Draper is able to easily evoke a sense of empathy for Melody. For example, when it gets rather emotional, we understand because it accurately shows Melody’s frustration when people treat her at something less than human. I also found the ending rather clever; it really tied everything together. I believe it’s a good middle school read, as I have read in during seventh grade myself.

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