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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Mockingbird (edition 2011)

by Kathryn Erskine

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Authors:Kathryn Erskine
Info:Puffin (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
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Tags:fiction; 3-8grade; asperger's syndrome; death; closure; family bond; friendship; diversity

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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

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Young girl with Asperger's syndrome dealing with the death of her brother in a school shooting. Caitlin seeks closure for her family, her community, and herself. Connections to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - character parallels and themes of innocence. ( )
  jcarroll12 | Jun 18, 2014 |
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  stonini | Jun 11, 2014 |
A book about school shootings and autism, two tough enough subjects -- and a thin book, meant for kids to read. I read it and decided my son wouldn't be able to comprehend the message. It needed ... more. But I appreciate the attempt. ( )
  limamikealpha | Jun 5, 2014 |
I did enjoy this book, despite the very grim subject matter. Caitlin, who has real trouble connecting with people has just lost her older brother in a senseless school shooting. To make matters worse, she does not seem to be able to console her dad and her lack of interest in making friends at her own school does not help. Pushed by her school counselor, Mrs. Brooks to identify her own feelings and to try to make friends by empathizing with others, Caitlin finds she can Look at the Person (make eye contact) and give appropriate responses to others that make her feel good as well. She even finds a way to share her loss in a positive way with her community. I found Caitlin's manner endearing and wanted to be there for her in her brother's absence. Her obsession with "To Kill a Mockingbird" adds to the complexity of her character. ( )
  sbballard | May 21, 2014 |
Caitlin has asperger's syndrome. Her brother, Devon, had always helped her out, telling her what clothes to wear, how to be polite, and always being there for her when she needed it. Howerver, something tragic happend. There was a shooting at Devon's school, and Devon was killed in it. Caitlin is struggling, dealing with his death. Her father is a mess, yet she can't understand his emotions because she has autism. Her therapist thinks that it would be helpful for her to make friends. Caitlin becomes friends with a first grader, but her therapist wants her to befriend someone her own age. Meanwhile, Caitlin discovers the word closure in her dictionary, and wants to be able to find it. She decides to finish the box Devon was working on before he died. Devon needed to carve a box for Eagle Scouts, in order to get to the next rank. Caitlin and her father finish his box, and that was her father's closure. Caitlin became friends with some of the girls in her class. Finally, she feels better.

This book was amazing! I cried five times reading this! It was so well written, and makes me think about the point of view from someone with aspergers. This book was simply outstanding. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it. I loved this book, just loved it! ( )
  DanielaS.B1 | Apr 30, 2014 |
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It looks like a one-winged bird crouching in the corner of our living room.
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[From back cover]:  In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white.  Things are good or bad.  Anything in between is confusing.  That's the stuff Caitlin's older brother, Devon, has always explained.  But now Devon's dead and Dad is no help at all.  Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger's, she doesn't know how.  When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs.  In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white - the world is full of colors - messy and beautiful.
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Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

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