Out of My Mind

Claire Wilson Character Analysis

A fifth-grader in many of Melody’s general-education classes and a member of the Whiz Kids team. She is best friends with Molly North, and together the two of them frequently make fun of Melody and the other students from her program. She doesn’t believe Melody should be on the Whiz Kids team.

Claire Wilson Quotes in Out of My Mind

The Out of My Mind quotes below are all either spoken by Claire Wilson or refer to Claire Wilson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Out of My Mind published in 2012.
Chapter 13 Quotes

“Some people get braces on their teeth. Some get braces on their legs. For others, braces won’t work, so they need wheelchairs and walkers and such. You’re a lucky girl that you only had messed-up teeth. Remember that.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V) (speaker), Melody Brooks, Molly North, Claire Wilson
Page Number: 120
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Chapter 16 Quotes

“I’m not trying to be mean—honest—but it just never occurred to me that Melody had thoughts in her head.”
A couple of other kids nod slightly.
Miss Gordon doesn’t raise her voice. Instead, she responds thoughtfully: “You’ve always been able to say whatever came to your mind, Claire. All of you. But Melody has been forced to be silent. She probably has mountains of stuff to say.”

Related Characters: Claire Wilson (speaker), Mrs. Gordon (speaker), Melody Brooks, Molly North
Page Number: 143
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 17 Quotes

Catherine jumped out of her chair and stormed over to where Claire and Molly were sitting, her new black leather boots clicking sharply on the tiled classroom floor. “I did not help her! Did it ever occur to you that she might have some smarts of her own?”
“She can’t even sit up by herself!” Claire replied, her voice petulant.
“What your body looks like has nothing to do with how well your brain works! You ought to know that by looking in a mirror!”

Related Characters: Catherine (speaker), Claire Wilson (speaker), Melody Brooks
Page Number: 152
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Chapter 19 Quotes

We all have disabilities. What’s yours?

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Molly North, Claire Wilson
Page Number: 168
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 26 Quotes

Hmmm, I thought. Claire gets sick in the middle of a crowded restaurant, yet I’m the one everybody looks at sideways.
They all had to wait for me and Mom. We took our time.
Push gently. Roll down. Bump. Top step.
Push gently. Roll down. Bump. Next step.
Push gently. Roll down. Bump. Third step.
Five bumps down to the bottom of the steps.
And I was still so hungry.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Diane Brooks, Claire Wilson
Page Number: 238
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Chapter 28 Quotes

Mr. Dimming said slowly, “The six members of the championship Spaulding Street Elementary School quiz team are…” He paused. I thought Connor was going to throw something at him. “Rose, Connor, Melody, Elena, Rodney, and Molly. Claire and Amanda will be our alternates.”
“I’m an alternate?” Claire gasped.
“Molly beat you by two points, Claire,” Mr. D explained. “But you still get to come with us and cheer us on and tour the city.”
“But it was me who helped her study! Claire said, outrage in her voice. “That is so not fair!”
I just shook my head and smiled a little. There is so much Claire doesn’t know about stuff not being fair.”

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Claire Wilson
Page Number: 249
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Claire Wilson Character Timeline in Out of My Mind

The timeline below shows where the character Claire Wilson appears in Out of My Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
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...kicked out. Some of the other students start to laugh, and two girls, Molly and Claire, mock Willy behind the teacher’s back. (full context)
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Mrs. Lovelace punishes Molly and Claire by making them stand for the rest of the class for being rude to Melody... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...tests. During spelling tests Melody points to letters and Catherine writes them down. One day Claire accuses Melody of cheating and suggests that Melody’s life is easier than either Claire or... (full context)
Chapter 13
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As they’re moving through the aquarium Melody and Rose run into Molly and Claire, who are on a trip with their Girl Scout troop. Rose goes over to talk... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...says he thinks it’s cool, which makes everyone else leave Melody alone. Everyone except for Claire, who makes fun of the “funny-looking computer.” But Melody doesn’t mind, and she even has... (full context)
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Although the other students in the class are impressed with the machine, Claire raises her hand to say she never considered that Melody had thoughts to share with... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...as a prize, but is embarrassed by the negative attention she receives from girls like Claire and Molly who suggest Melody has cheated or guessed, when, in fact, Melody knew all... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...other is more tongue and cheek, intended for clueless or rude people like her classmates Claire or Molly. It says, “We all have disabilities. What’s yours?” (full context)
Chapter 21
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...earned a perfect score, and made it on to the primary team, along with Connor, Claire, and Rose. Mr. Dimming apologizes for underestimating her, and promises to contact the quiz team... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...unable to participate in bonding activities, like eating pizza, which she can’t do without help. Claire still makes rude comments about how Melody will look strange on TV and expresses surprise... (full context)
Chapter 23
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The rest of Melody’s team arrives and prepares to compete. Claire tells Molly, an alternate, that she deserves to be on the team instead of Melody.... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Melody is so excited she loses control of her body. This embarrasses her teammates, especially Claire, but the crowd is yelling so loudly no one can hear Melody’s happy noises. Melody’s... (full context)
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...life at school, and Melody admits she hopes other students will talk to her more. Claire shocks Melody by stealing the spotlight and insisting she does talk to Melody all the... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...the restaurant, everyone is joking and talking and having a good time. Everyone, except for Claire, who is oddly quiet. When the food arrives everyone starts eating except for Melody, who... (full context)
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Claire gets up from the table without eating dessert because she feels sick, and then she... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...with the team, but she notices that no one mentions the newspaper article, and Rose, Claire, and Molly all whisper together as she leaves. (full context)
Chapter 32
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...breakfast without her, and if they intentionally got together without her. Rose says no, but Claire says that they were worried she’d slow the group down (even though Melody points out... (full context)