Out of My Mind


About The Book

Over 1.5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Out of My Mind and discovered the brilliant mind of Melody Brooks.

Out of My Mind spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list!

“If there’s one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it.” —The Denver Post
“A gutsy, candid, and compelling story. It speaks volumes.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“Unflinching and realistic.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Uplifting…This moving novel will makes activists of us all.” —Booklist (starred review)

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes a story that will forever change how we all look at anyone with a disability, perfect for fans of RJ Palacio’s Wonder.

Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people—her teachers, her doctors, her classmates—dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

About The Author

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Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was most recently awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her novel Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

Awards and Honors

  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Award Master List (MN)
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • ILA Young Adults' Choices
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award Master List (KS)
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award (MN)
  • Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee (NJ)
  • Maine Student Book Award Master List
  • Colorado Children's Book Award Master List
  • Mark Twain Award (MO)
  • Californa Young Reader Medal
  • Great Stone Face Book Award Master List (NH)
  • NAACP Image Award Nominee
  • NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • Rebecca Caudill Award Master List (IL)
  • Prairie Pasque Award (SD)
  • Nene Award Master List (HI)
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award Nominee (OH)
  • Golden Sower Masterlist (NE)
  • Kirkus Best Children's Book
  • Texas Bluebonnet Master List
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List (VT)
  • Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee
  • Volunteer State Book Award (TN)
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award Master List
  • Parents' Choice Award Silver Medal
  • Land of Enchantment Children's Book Award (NM)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award (IN)
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award (CT)
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award (MD)
  • Sasquatch Reading Award (WA)
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (ND)
  • Great Lakes Book Award
  • Choose to Read Ohio Booklist Selection
  • Utah Beehive Book Award Winner
  • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award
  • Bluestem Book Award (IL)
  • Josette Frank Award (Bank Street)
  • Japan Sakura Award
  • Ohioana Book Award Finalist
  • Michigan Mitten Award Honor
  • TX Triple Crown Lamplighter Award

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