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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:novel, contemporary realistic fiction, disabilities, family, death, gr. 5-8

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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

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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 |
Very easy to read. Is an insightful look into the world of a person with aspergers. ( )
  Annabelleurb | Sep 5, 2016 |
Caitlyn has Asperger's. Everything in her mind is black and white. Her brother dies suddenly and she realizes she needs closure. While desperately searching for closure she finds that not everything is black and white.
  CindyNeils | Jul 29, 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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