Out of My Mind

by

Sharon Draper

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Melody’s mother. A nurse who knows deep down how special and intelligent Melody is, she will not give up her fight to get Melody the education and resources she deserves. Many opportunities Melody receives through her school are the result of her mother advocating for her. She sometimes worries that it is her fault that Melody has a disability.

Diane Brooks Quotes in Out of My Mind

The Out of My Mind quotes below are all either spoken by Diane Brooks or refer to Diane Brooks. 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 4 Quotes

“But a person is so much more than the name of a diagnosis on a chart!”

Related Characters: Diane Brooks (speaker), Melody Brooks, Dr. Hugely
Page Number: 23
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Chapter 9 Quotes

I once got one of those electronic dolls for Christmas. It was supposed to talk and cry and move its arms and legs if you pushed the right buttons. But when we opened the box, one of the arms had come off, and all the doll did, no matter which button you pushed, was squeak. Mom took it back to the store and got her money back.
I wonder if she ever wished she could get a refund for me.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Diane Brooks, Penny Brooks
Page Number: 76
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Chapter 15 Quotes

I can’t believe Dad is making a video of me saying my first words. It’s almost like when he filmed Penny’s first words—well, not really.
I type very carefully and push the button to make the machine speak.
“Hi, Dad. Hi, Mom. I am so happy.”
Mom gets all teary-eyed, and her nose gets red. She is looking at me all soft and gooey.
When I think about it, I realize I have never, ever said any words directly to my parents. So I push a couple of buttons, and the machine speaks the words I’ve never been able to say.

“I love you.”

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Diane Brooks, Chuck Brooks
Page Number: 138
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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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Diane Brooks Character Timeline in Out of My Mind

The timeline below shows where the character Diane Brooks appears in Out of My Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...all her life she has loved words. Ever since she was a baby and her mother spoke to her and her father sang to her, she’s remembered and treasured every word. (full context)
Chapter 2
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Melody can remember being a baby, being bathed by her mother and watching her dad record her on his camcorder. She realizes now that her father... (full context)
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...time the song ever came on the radio, Melody was so excited she screeched. Her mother could tell she was agitated but Melody was too young to understand why she loved... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...best to make sure she experienced the world as much as she could. While her mom wrapped her in blankets, her dad would unwrap her so she could feel the sun... (full context)
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...painted with lead paint. Melody tried to point to the toys to communicate to her mom that they needed to get the blocks removed from the store, but her mother didn’t... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Melody’s mother wants to enroll Melody in school, so she takes Melody to see a specialist, Dr.... (full context)
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...face” and daydreams. Dr. Hugely finishes the evaluation without her help, and explains to Melody’s mother that he believes she is brain-damaged. Melody’s mother argues back that she knows Melody is... (full context)
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Melody understands the whole conversation, and she is frightened that her mother will send her away. Luckily, Melody’s mom fights back. She tells Dr. Hugely what Melody... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...Billups couldn’t control Melody or the class, so she called the principal and then Melody’s mother. (full context)
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When Melody’s mother arrived she asked Melody what was wrong. Melody pointed to the alphabet mounted on the... (full context)
Chapter 8
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When Melody was seven Ollie jumped out of his bowl. Melody screamed for her mother but she didn’t come. Melody tried to save Ollie, and she pulled the fishbowl onto... (full context)
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...her wheelchair. Butterscotch made sure she wasn’t hurt, and scratched at the door until Melody’s mother came to check on them. Sitting watching the movie afterwards, Melody wondered what she’d ask... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Melody’s mom became pregnant when Melody was eight years old. Melody could tell her mother was pregnant... (full context)
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Melody’s mother was careful to stay healthy during the pregnancy. Melody worried about her new baby sibling.... (full context)
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...its body when a button was pushed, but all it could do was squeak. Melody’s mother returned the doll to the store. Melody wondered if her parents ever wanted to get... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Every day has a similar routine. In the morning, Melody’s mom and Penny come to wake Melody up, and then Melody’s mom takes her to the... (full context)
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Melody and her mother can often communicate without words. Melody’s mother understands when Melody is hungry or thirsty, and... (full context)
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On Saturday mornings, Melody’s mom relaxes with her daughters. Melody’s mom reads Melody the comics, which she loves, especially Garfield.... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...out with Melody. She describes the day as “not so bad,” which Melody hears. Melody’s mother wants to go over and intervene but her father holds her back. Mrs. V, however,... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...the printout to Mrs. V, who shows it to Melody’s parents. Mrs. V convinces Melody’s mother the computer is a good idea, and when her mother sees insurance covers half the... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...the Whiz Kids test. At school, Catherine helps her, and at home Mrs. V, her mother, and her father quiz her. (full context)
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...Mrs. V and looks at birds. Melody says she’d like the freedom of flying. Melody’s mother comes outside too and says how impressed she is that Melody has learned so many... (full context)
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Melody knows that her mom, her dad, and Mrs. V all believe in her. But she also knows that the... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...to protect her, and warns her in advance that she might be disappointed. When her mother comes to pick her up, Mr. Dimming tells them that he’s impressed with Melody’s achievements,... (full context)
Chapter 23
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After school, Melody’s mom drives her to the studio where the competition will be filmed. Catherine joins her and... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...Melody has studied so much, and because she listened to so much music with her mother, father, and Mrs. V, she’s able to answer questions in many subjects. Towards the end... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...but is worried when she sees that it is accessible only by stone stairs. Melody’s mother talks to a waiter who explains there is normally an accessible elevator but it is... (full context)
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...oddly quiet. When the food arrives everyone starts eating except for Melody, who needs her mother’s help. Melody is nervous, because although she eats out with her family, she has never... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...it focuses on Melody’s particular ability, and the featured picture is of Melody alone. Melody’s mother and father are happy for her, but Melody worries that the other kids at school... (full context)
Chapter 28
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The next morning, Melody, her mom, her dad, Mrs. V, and Penny drive to the airport and arrive at the check... (full context)
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Mrs. V, Melody’s mother, and her father try to figure out what happened. Mrs. V wonders if Mr. Dimming... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Mr. Dimming calls in the evening, and Melody’s mom answers. She’s angry, and asks why they weren’t called. Mr. Dimming apologizes, tells Melody’s mother... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...as her team anymore. Although she’s been excused from school for the day, and her mother suggests she stay home, Melody feels that skipping school would be like giving up. As... (full context)
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...manual wheelchair and leaves her Medi-Talker at home. Because Melody’s dad hurt his arm, her mom has to load everything into the family car by herself in the rain, and she... (full context)
Chapter 31
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An ambulance comes for Penny, and Melody’s mom and dad go with it. Mrs. V takes Melody out of the car and into... (full context)
Chapter 32
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The weekend after the accident Melody’s mom spends nights at the hospital with Penny, and Mrs. V takes care of both Melody... (full context)