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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
Collections:Your library
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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    kimby365: "Typical" has a male protagonist and involves high-functioning autism (different from Asperger's in a few ways), and it's written completely differently, but both books offer a great insight into the minds of young individuals on the autism spectrum.

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It can be very hard to put yourself into someone else's shoes when those shoes are so different from yours. Mockingbird tells the story of Caitlin, a ten year old with Asperger's Syndrome, who is learning to live in a world that she often doesn't understand. That world includes the death of her brother, Devon, who was killed in a school shooting. Caitlin often looked to her brother to know what to do in social situations, and now she doesn't have his support. Luckily, Caitlin has other supportive people in her life, including Mrs. Brook, her school counselor, who helps her change her view of the world from black and white to see the shades in between.

The greatest strength of this book is the author's ability to allow the reader inside Caitlin's world to see what it might be like to have Asperger's Syndrome. The longer we have the opportunity to sit in her skin, so to speak, the more empathy, compassion, and understanding we can have for Caitlin, and others on the autism spectrum. ( )
  hlevy | Apr 22, 2017 |
Summary: A story about Caitlin Smith and the human’s heart and it’s ability to repair itself from loss and tragedy that occurs in life. Caitlin lost her brother in a school shooting and is also a unique individual who is slightly autistic and struggles to figure out the ins and outs of life. Throughout the story with the help from her counselor Mrs. Brooks, her father, and Michael the boy who lost her mother in the same shooting, she discovers how to find “closure” the sudden tragedy and the emptiness of her brother Devin in her life. She not only figures out how to get closure for herself but helps others including her father, how to find closure in a devastating time.

Personal Response: A realistic story that captures the struggles of a girl who endured a devastating tragedy in her life, and how her optimism and the way she lives life also helps the lives around her. This book is wonderfully written and captures what some people do face in the world we live in today. It allows the readers to feel empathy, sympathy, smile in agreement, and cry in sadness, all in one book.

Curriculum Connections: I think this would be a fabulous book to read for middle school students to teach them about grief, closure and the meaning of community. How to deal with devastating times and overcome those struggles together to deal with those emotions. This is a wonderful book to teach students about empathy, kindness, and acceptance. ( )
  ftakahashi | Apr 1, 2017 |
I totally understand why this book won the National Book Award. It is amazing. Caitlyn, the protagonist, has Asperger's Syndrome. Erskine has done a remarkable job in crafting a more than believable voice for Caitlyn, and chronicling her triumphs and struggles. This story of how a young girl helps her father and community find closure after a tragic school shooting is magical. Traces of To Kill A Mockingbird help to anchor the theme, and to enrich the story.

This would be a terrific book for looking at students with challenges or differences such as Asperger's. This book would appeal to readers who like a character with a strong voice and a strong intelligence. This would be a good choice for a unit on school violence also. ( )
  mcintorino | Mar 21, 2017 |
Poignant story of Caitlin who has lost her brother Devon, her only ally, to violence. To complicate things, Caitlin suffers from autism and her father refuses to discuss or acknowledge his own depression and suppression of his son’s death to the point that it is detrimental to them both. Caitlin attempts to grieve in her own way, but unable to effectively come to terms due to her disability. She find redemption in a her first friendship with the son of a teacher who was also killed. Michael who is much younger helps Caitlin understand her own feelings and they aide each other in finding closure
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  JenniferLSimpson | Feb 26, 2017 |
Poor Caitlyn, she is forced to deal with her emotions after her brother is killed from a shooting at school. The emotions that comes along with this book is like no other. Some children might have experienced death, and is unsure about how to cope with emotions.
  Taylor_skinner | Nov 3, 2016 |
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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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