Out of my Mind, written by Sharon Draper, was published in 2010.
This book is about a girl names Melody. She is very smart, but she cannot speak. When she starts to go to the regular kids' classes, she is ecstatic that a girl named Rose is very nice to her. When she has a chance to participate in a competition, she helps them make it to the Nationals. However, the weather forces her teammates to leave at an earlier time, and they purposely leave her behind.
Draper wrote this book fictionally, but she mainly based it off her own experience helping with a summer camp for children with disabilities and books similar to her own. She also based it off herself trying to figure out her daughter's mind, who also had disabilities.
Draper purposely made Melody generic because she didn't want the focus go away from Melody's hardships. She said that she wants the readers to realize that people are all similar, no matter what.
This book received the Best Children's Book of 2010, the Beehive Book Award, the Black-eyed Susan Book Award, the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List 2011-2012, the Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book, the Virginia Readers' Choice Reading List for 2011-2012, and the 2011 Bank Street College of Education Josette Frank Award.