I have to be honest with you. The only reason I picked up this book was because of the cover art. I have been known to judge a book by its cover on more than one occasion. If a book has an ugly cover than I will not give it a second chance. However, if a book has a eye appealing cover I pick it up.
Well Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper is a picker upper for sure without the cute cover art!
Now I realize this book is geared for young readers, but these pages had me laughing out loud, shedding a tear or two and is a very fast easy read.
The story takes you through the life of Melody who happens to have cerebral palsey. Melody has a list of cannots longer than the typical person. She cannot read, write, talk, feed herself and has difficulty holding a toy. She is dependent on others around her.
Those that care for Melody including her parents are unaware that Melody is smarter than she appears.
Here is a little snip-it
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...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. They'd see a girl with dark brown eyes that are full of curiosity. But one of them is slightly out of whack. Her head wobbles a little. Sometimes she drools. She's really tiny for a girl who is age ten and three quarters. Her legs are very thin, probably because they've never been used. Her body tends to move on its own agenda, with feet sometimes kicking out unexpectedly and arms occasionally flailing, connecting with whatever is close by- a stack of CDs, a bowl of soup, a vase of roses. Not a whole lot of control. After folks got finished making a list of my problems, they might take time to notice that I have a fairly nice smile and deep dimples--I think my dimples are cool. I wear tiny gold earrings. Sometimes people never even ask my name, like it's not important or something. It is. My name is Melody...
I love love love this book and I am not even done reading it
This book is a MUST for ANY classroom library!