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Mockingbird (edition 2011)

by Kathryn Erskine

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Member:amoore1
Title:Mockingbird
Authors:Kathryn Erskine
Info:Puffin (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:novel, contemporary realistic fiction, disabilities, family, death, gr. 5-8

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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

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Devon died at a school shooting and didint finish his egle scoot project wich was a chest. Catelen hated colers they mixed together and so she drew in blak and gray. whene she finaly convinced her dad to finish the chert to find clasure it was worth it.I liked this book because it has to do with drawing. It also shows that you can move on in life and have fun. ( )
  RoseM30 | May 20, 2016 |
Get ready for tears. The book opens at a wake for Caitlin's older brother Devon, who has just died in a school shooting. Caitlin has Asperger's, and thus has difficulty understanding her own emotions or those of her father. Mockingbird is simultaneously sweet, tragic, and funny as we watch Caitlin deal with Devon's death and the changes it brings to her life. This book really promotes trying to understand and empathize with people who are different from us or who act in ways we don't understand. The reader gets tremendous insight into the mind of someone with Asperger's, while at the same time Caitlin learns to look at the world from others' points of view. Mockingbird is a must-read for almost any child, particularly those who come in contact with those who have Asperger's. I would only hesitate giving this book to children who have experienced the death of a sibling or the death of a family member in a violent manner. ( )
  amythelibrarian | Apr 25, 2016 |
RGG: Moving story of a father and daughter trying to find closure after the school shooting death of the older brother. A little bit difficult to follow since Caitlin, who has Asperger's, is an unreliable narrator and inner thoughts and dialogue are both depicted in italics without quotation marks. Reads younger since Caitlin is in fifth-grade. Reading Interest: 10-12.
  rgruberexcel | Apr 3, 2016 |
RGG: Moving story of a father and daughter trying to find closure after the school shooting death of the older brother. A little bit difficult to follow since Caitlin, who has Asperger's, is an unreliable narrator and inner thoughts and dialogue are both depicted in italics without quotation marks. Reads younger since Caitlin is in fifth-grade. Reading Interest: 10-12.
  rgruberexcel | Apr 3, 2016 |
Caitlin is a elleven year old girl her mother and brother died this girl suffers from Aspergers she dosen't know how she figures out not everything is black or white in the world everything is beautiful or messy and colorfull i really enjoy this book she starts out small and begins her way out.
  AnikaU13 | Mar 20, 2016 |
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In the hopes that we may all understand each other better.
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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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