She's been going "out of her mind" listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons, over and over every school year. When she discovers a device that allows her to "speak," a whole world opens up for her -- because she now has a voice.
"You are Spaulding Street Elementary School's own personal Stephen Hawking" (p. 199).Having a voice does not mean, though, that everyone accepts her. When she scores high enough to make the academic team, teachers and students alike think somebody cheated.
"You know, it really ought to be you up there instead of Melody," Claire says loud enough for me to hear.Maybe it's her making the team for the academic bowl, but something about this book reminds me of The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg (1996), which I reviewed here. In the earlier book, it's the teacher who is in a wheelchair; in this book, it's a student. We learn a lot about the difficulty of being unable to do for oneself, because Out of My Mind is written from the point of view of the girl trapped inside a body that won't do what she wants it to do.
"Well, I'm ready if she messes up," Molly whispers back.
I just shake my head and think, Delete, delete, delete. No way am I letting their negativity mess me up. I have enough to worry about.
I rate this one 9 of 10, an excellent YA book, right up there with The View from Saturday.
P.S. See that big book bag Donna is holding (on the right side of the photo) in yesterday's post? There's a copy of this book in it -- a birthday gift I got for her because The View from Saturday is her favorite YA book. Donna taught View many times when she was a middle-school English teacher. I hope she also enjoys reading Out of My Mind.