Out of My Mind

Rose Spencer Character Analysis

Rose is a fifth-grade general education student at Melody’s elementary school. She is a good student and very organized. Rose is one of the first students in Melody’s integrated classes to accept Melody, and she volunteers to be Melody’s partner in music. Rose is kind to Melody, talking to her as though she understands, saying “hi” to her during lunch, and sharing secrets. Even though Rose is nicer to Melody than many of the other children, she is not always a good friend. She seems embarrassed to be seen with Melody when they take a trip to the aquarium together, and is shocked when Melody makes it on the Whiz Kids team. Worst of all, when the Whiz Kids team takes an early flight to Washington DC for the national competition, Rose is supposed to call Melody and let her know, but she decides not to, leaving Melody behind.

Rose Spencer Quotes in Out of My Mind

The Out of My Mind quotes below are all either spoken by Rose Spencer or refer to Rose Spencer. 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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Chapter 17 Quotes

I can answer questions in class lots better with Elvira to help me. For the first time, instead of “pretend” grades that teachers would give me because they weren’t quite sure if I knew the answer or not, I get real grades recorded in the teachers’ grade book that are based on actual answers I’ve given. Printed out and everything!
But at recess I still sit alone. It’s been too cold to go outside, so we sit in the far corner of the overheated cafeteria until it’s time to go back to class. None of the girls gossip with me about some silly thing a boy has said. Nobody promises to call me after school. Nobody asks me to come to a birthday party or a sleepover. Not even Rose.
Sure, she’ll stop and chat for a minute or two, but as soon as Janice or Paula calls her to come and look at a picture on a cell phone, Rose will say, “I’ll be right back!” then skip away as if she’s glad she has a reason to cut out on me.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Rose Spencer
Page Number: 145
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Chapter 27 Quotes

The reaction at school today is just what I expected. Words float out of lips that say nice things to me, but eyes tell the truth. The eyes are cold, as if I had beat the reporter over the head and forced her to print that picture of me.
Even Rose acts distant. “Nice picture of you in the paper, Melody,” she says.
“Thanks, should have been all of us.”
“I think so too,” Rose replies.
I just sigh. I can’t do anything right. I don’t want to be all that—I just want to be like everybody else.

Related Characters: Melody Brooks (speaker), Rose Spencer
Page Number: 242
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Rose Spencer Character Timeline in Out of My Mind

The timeline below shows where the character Rose Spencer 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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...Claire and Molly are audibly rude, Maria kisses Claire on the cheek. A girl named Rose, who had been upset when the rest of the class laughed at Willy and Jill,... (full context)
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Melody returns to Mrs. Lovelace’s class every Wednesday. Rose continues to be her partner, which excites Melody so much that she can barely sleep... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...an 85% even though Mr. Dimming suspiciously checks to see if Catherine is helping her. Rose, who is also in the class, is disappointed to get a 75%. When Rose asks... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...her mind, but she can only make a squiggle. She wants to draw something for Rose. Melody thinks Rose is beautiful like a real flower, but she hasn’t noticed any thorns. (full context)
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...aquarium. Altogether Mrs. V and Melody’s family are only five people, so Melody asks if Rose can come too. In the weeks leading up to the trip, Rose and Melody whisper... (full context)
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On the day of the trip Melody wears a cute outfit, but Rose doesn’t notice it. Rose gets along with Melody’s whole family, and she thinks Penny is... (full context)
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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.... (full context)
Chapter 14
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The Monday after Thanksgiving break Rose brings a new laptop to school. Melody imagines what a laptop made for her could... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...bumping into America.” She can’t wait to take it to school, and specifically wonders what Rose will say. (full context)
Chapter 16
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...to stay silent, and that it must be liberating to finally be able to speak. Rose also understands Melody’s struggle. She tells Melody she can’t imagine how hard it must be... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...Melody is more integrated into her classes than ever before, she still feels isolated socially. Rose talks to her for a few minutes in the cafeteria, but Melody notices that Rose... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...the Whiz Kids tryout Melody has to stay late after school to take the test. Rose is surprised to see that Melody has come to take the test, and Mr. Dimming... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...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 officials to... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...look strange on TV and expresses surprise at Melody’s intelligence, but Melody defends herself with Rose’s help. (full context)
Chapter 24
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...81 to 77 points. Backstage in between rounds Mr. Dimming congratulates Melody on her success. Rose also tells Melody what a good job she’s done, and Connor acknowledges that Melody beat... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...the team and their parents all go straight from the studio to a celebratory dinner. Rose and one of the alternates, Elena, encourage Melody to come, and Connor admits they couldn’t... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...spotlight. At school, Melody feels as though everyone is looking at her coldly, and even Rose seems distant. Melody tries to make amends, and she says it should have been the... (full context)
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...questions 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 28
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...four, are allowed on the 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... (full context)
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...Catherine and Mrs. V for helping her prepare. Melody can hardly sleep. She wonders if Rose is nervous too, and she thinks about how much she wants to sit with Rose... (full context)
Chapter 32
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When Melody goes to Mr. Dimming’s class, he is clearly uncomfortable. Rose won’t make eye contact with her and everyone is uncharacteristically quiet. Melody asks bluntly “Why... (full context)
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When Melody asks why no one told her they were getting on the plane, Rose admits that she had Melody’s phone number, but the whole team decided not to call... (full context)