Out Of My Mind (MMGM)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hello, everyone! Welcome to another day of MMGM! I'm totally not rushing to write this review today because I have Latin declamation tomorrow. *cringe* So nervous! What was I saying? Oh right. MMGM. This week, I'm reviewing "Out Of My Mind", by Sharon M. Draper. It's a lovely read, and those of you who have already read will most definitely agree.

  • Age Range: 10 and up 
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Source and Format: My library, paperback

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.

“If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it” (Denver Post).

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

In this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. The writing style was really interesting to read and Melody's story really touches your heart.

The first thing that caught my attention? The moral. At the beginning of the story, Melody is really unsure of herself and she cares very much about what people see or think about her. She's used to people staring and people thinking that she's unintelligent, but let's just say that by the end of the story, she's become a confident and brave individual. 

The discrimination is real. Melody doesn't have many friends, because she's always been in the same "Special Ed" class. One day, her whole world changes: "Special Ed" kids are suddenly allowed to go to inclusion classes (which is basically when "Special Ed" students go to classes with the other students). There, she makes a friend, but not everyone seems to like her. People still think that she's weird or that she's not smart, which really ticked me off. Like come on people! Although it really annoyed me, it showed how real the story was. 

I just really love the fact that Melody doesn't give in to her peers. They tell her she's not good enough, they try to bring her down, but she knows she's just like them on the inside, just not the outside. 

The only thing I didn't like about this book was the beginning. It was really...slow. Like, super slow. The first 6 chapters were flashbacks to when she was a child and discovering that something was 'wrong' about her. Alright, so maybe that gives us an insight to who she is/was, but 6 chapters? That's a bit much. We could've done without ALL of that. 

Even with its flaws, this is a great book. It might've been a bit boring in the beginning, but the ending really made up for it. :-) 

My rating is...


Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Thank you for joining me this week for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 



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Fish In A Tree (MMGM)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Hello everyone! Welcome to MMGM! Can you believe it's already April? This year seems to be going so fast! My weekend consisted of rushed studying and a college tour! I went to Tufts with some of my friends and think that it is AMAZING. Not only is the campus beautiful, but the food is delicious! I even got a t-shirt! 

My amazing t-shirt
ANYWAY, this week, I'm reviewing FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I actually read this one a while ago (February maybe?), but never wrote a review for it, so here goes! 

  • Age Range: 10 and up 
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (February 5, 2015)
Source and Format: My library, paperback

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

First things first: This book is now one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES. I'm not even sure how you could live without reading it. It's a really inspiring story that really helped me realize how hard it is to have dyslexia (or any type of learning disability). Fish In A Tree focuses on Ally, a girl with dyslexia. She doesn't know that she has dyslexia, and neither does anyone else, because she's afraid to ask, thinking that she would come across as dumb. This story helps you see that if you need help, it's okay ask for it!

Then there's the characters. Wowza. The characters in this book may be fictional, but their stories make you want to love them, hug them, and tell them that they're perfect the way they are--even if they don't realize it. I loved Ally and Mr. Daniels so much and they will most definitely stick with me for a long time. 

The plot is amazing. It's wonderfully written and the story doesn't take FOREVER to get to the point, like some books do. It's not rushed either, and the pacing was great. The problem is presented early in the book and the story is not too long and not too short. It's a great read! 

Other things to note: If you guys haven't noticed the title and cover already, it's not literal. The story isn't about a fish trying to climb a tree, I promise! As it states in the synopsis, the cover is supposed to show that if you tell a fish that it's supposed to be able to climb a tree, it will spend its entire life thinking that it's stupid. The fish is Ally and the tree is reading. I love how meaningful the title and cover are! I recommended this book to a few of my friends and they looked at me as if I were crazy. They didn't understand the meaning and will never understand it if they don't read this book. :-) 

I don't have much else to say about this book other than the fact that it was amazing and that I highly recommend it. <3

It's quite predictable:


Thanks for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! ALSO: If you get the chance, make sure to check out my first Book Ramble! Click HERE if you missed it! Leave a comment if you'd like! :-) 

Signing off! 


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