Out of My Mind
By Sharon Draper
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012
320 pages (paperback)
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school, but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows…but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.
Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice…but not everyone around her is ready to hear it. (from barnesandnoble.com)
It was a very emotional book. It made me feel like I was right there with her. I don’t think this book could be improved! Yes, [middle schoolers should read this book]. It teaches people not to discriminate and that everyone is smart in their own way.