Out of My Mind
by Sharon Draper [j Draper]
A young girl has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. Although her brain and mental capacity functions normally, she has neurotic problems and can't speak. She manages to communicate through the use of pointing to words. Eventually, they manage to get her a machine (similar to Stephen Hawking's) which allows her to program full sentences. The book talks about her battle -- that all kids go through -- joy, despair, being an outcast, lack of friends, magnified by her condition. Keep a box of tissues handy for this tear-jerker! A. Must. Read. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.] -- recommended by Jeremiah J. - Bennett Martin Public Library
[Also available in book-on-cd format.]
[ official Out of My Mind page on the official Sharon Draper web site ]
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