Out of My Mind

by

Sharon Draper

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Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V) Character Analysis

Mrs. V is Melody’s next-door neighbor, and a former nurse who worked with Melody’s mother, Diane, at the hospital. She watches Melody after school and while her parents are at work. Mrs. V is one of the first people, aside from Melody’s mother and father, to see her intelligence and potential. She pushes Melody in every aspect of her life, teaching her how to roll over if she falls out of her wheelchair, and how to read. Mrs. V is responsible for “giving [Melody] language,” since she redesigns Melody’s communication board to fit more words, and convinces Melody’s parents to get her a Medi-Talker. Mrs. V also pushes Melody academically, and is the one to convince her that she can and should try out for the Whiz Kids team.

Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V) Quotes in Out of My Mind

The Out of My Mind quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V) or refer to Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V). 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 6 Quotes

“Of course I’ll watch Melody,” she’d said with certainty.
“Well, Melody is, well, you know, really special,” Dad said hesitantly.
All kids are special,” Mrs. V had replied with authority. “But this one has hidden superpowers. I’d love to help her find them.”

Related Characters: Chuck Brooks (speaker), Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V) (speaker), Melody Brooks
Page Number: 41
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Finally, old Nimbus got his way, and the rain came down around me and Mrs. V. It rained so hard, I couldn’t see past the porch. The wind blew, and the wet coolness of the rain washed over us. It felt so good. A small leak on Mrs. V’s porch let a few drops of rain fall on my head. I laughed out loud.
Mrs. V gave me a funny look, then hopped up “You want to feel it all?” she asked.
I nodded my head. Yes, yes, yes.
She rolled me down the ramp Dad had built, both of us getting wetter every second. She stopped when we got to the grass, and we let the rain drench us. My hair, my clothes, my eyes, and arms and hands. Wet. Wet. Wet. It was awesome. The rain was warm, almost like bathwater. I laughed and laughed.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V)
Page Number: 49
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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 31 Quotes

I glanced out of her large picture window and I watched the wet branches sway. How could I say it? I looked back at my talker and typed very slowly, “I want to be like other kids.”
“So you want to be mean and fake and thoughtless?”
I looked up at her angry face, then looked away. “No. Normal.”
“Normal sucks!” she roared. “People love you because you’re Melody, not because of what you can or cannot do. Give us a little credit.”

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V)
Page Number: 281
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Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V) Character Timeline in Out of My Mind

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Violet Valencia (Mrs. V) appears in Out of My Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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Mrs. V is Melody’s next-door neighbor, and has essentially become a member of the family. When Melody... (full context)
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On her parent’s workdays Melody would go to Mrs. V ’s house, and when she got older she would go after school. Mrs. V genuinely... (full context)
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...he had a better way to communicate with the world: his personal computer. Melody had Mrs. V make her a new communication board, one that included more words, people in her life,... (full context)
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Melody likes that Mrs. V takes her outside no matter what the weather is. One hot afternoon they sat on... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Penny often tries to run away from Mrs. V ’s house, not because she dislikes Mrs. V, but because she loves to run. This... (full context)
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Mrs. V checks the mail and sees she’s won a contest for which the prize is taking... (full context)
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...hears. Melody’s mother wants to go over and intervene but her father holds her back. Mrs. V , however, will not be held back. She calls out Claire for her braces, explaining... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...Catherine prints out the information for Melody to bring home. Melody shows the printout to Mrs. V , who shows it to Melody’s parents. Mrs. V convinces Melody’s mother the computer is... (full context)
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The Wednesday before Christmas the computer, called a Medi-Talker, arrives. Mrs. V wants to read the instructions, but Melody starts playing with it immediately. As Mrs. V... (full context)
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Melody says her first words to her family this first afternoon with Elvira. She thanks Mrs. V for her help, and they both tear up. When Melody’s parents get home her dad... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Melody goes home upset at being underestimated once again. Catherine calls Mrs. V to explain what a bad day Melody has had, and Mrs. V is furious that... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...her study for 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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The weather is warm the Saturday before Melody’s test. She goes outside with Mrs. V and looks at birds. Melody says she’d like the freedom of flying. Melody’s mother comes... (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 rest of the world doesn’t... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...is nervous about answering questions correctly and about the reporters who might show up, but Mrs. V assures her that she’ll be admired by the public and seen as “Spaulding Street Elementary... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...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 of the round,... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...to leave, she buys a stylish new outfit and thank you cards for Catherine and Mrs. V for helping her prepare. Melody can hardly sleep. She wonders if Rose is nervous too,... (full context)
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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 in desk right... (full context)
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Mrs. V , Melody’s mother, and her father try to figure out what happened. Mrs. V wonders... (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 the house and comforts her. Mrs. V... (full context)
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...Penny’s brain will get damaged and she’ll end up like her classmate, Jill. Melody tells Mrs. V that she wishes she had been in the accident, and she claims that no one... (full context)
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Melody wishes she were normal, even though Mrs. V says that Melody is special because she’s unique. A phone call from the hospital interrupts... (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 and her father, who is so shaken by the accident... (full context)