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Book Review: out of my mind

June 21, 2011

Did you know that I love to read? Although I rarely do it for pleasure anymore, I’ve always loved reading. There is something about holding a book in my hands and disappearing into the pages that just felt like home. My grandfather, even at 90, is still an avid reader.

Every summer our media specialist, Lynn, puts together a book club from the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards list. Tomorrow is our first meeting and I’d been slacking on my reading. I finished one book earlier today, Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians , which I thought was just okay. I couldn’t sleep tonight so after about an hour of tossing and turning I decided to go ahead and get up, at 1am, and maybe watch some TV or play Wii.

Then I remembered another book that I borrowed, out of my mind by Sharon M. Draper. Lynn told me that it would be a great read, an emotional one that would have me really thinking about what we do as educators. After the first few pages I was totally sucked in and literally just finished the book just three hours after starting it, completely unable to put it down and go back to sleep.

Imagine not being able to talk, walk, feed yourself, or take yourself to the bathroom. A real nightmare right? In Sharon Draper’s new book Out of My Mind this nightmare is a reality for eleven-year-old Melody. Born with cerebral palsy, Melody’s mind is filled with words and thoughts she can never express, but Draper’s beautiful and richly detailed prose gives Melody a harmoniously distinct voice impossible to forget.


This book is amazing, clearly, otherwise I wouldn’t be here at 4:30am writing a post urging you to fit it into your summer reading list. Check it out. Seriously.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2011 10:00 am

    Ironic, I was just thinking my post today might be the start of my summer book reviews. Are you a really fast reader? 3 hours for one book? I think so. I often spend 3 months on one book. But then again, let’s not count the hours in front of the TV!

  2. June 21, 2011 12:13 pm

    I do think I’m a fast reader but the book was just a page turner. I think you’d really like it too!

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