Out of My Mind

by

Sharon Draper

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Molly North 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 Claire Wilson, 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.

Molly North Quotes in Out of My Mind

The Out of My Mind quotes below are all either spoken by Molly North or refer to Molly North. 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.”

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
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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
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Molly North Character Timeline in Out of My Mind

The timeline below shows where the character Molly North appears in Out of My Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
Acceptance vs. Rejection Theme Icon
...they’ll be 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... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...accuses Melody of cheating and suggests that Melody’s life is easier than either Claire or Molly’s because Melody has a personal aide. (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... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...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 the answers... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...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 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. Melody tries... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...Elena, encourage Melody to come, and Connor admits they couldn’t have won without her, although Molly disagrees. Melody is excited to go to the restaurant, but is worried when she sees... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...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 28
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...team for the competition, and Melody makes it, as do Rose, Connor, Elena, Rodney, and Molly. Claire is upset that she’s an alternate and she claims it isn’t fair, although Melody... (full context)