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Mockingbird (edition 2011)

by Kathryn Erskine

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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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Here's a different one for middle readers: a story about the impact of a school shooting on a father and his daughter with Asperger's syndrome after the teenage son is killed. It's also viewing the world and grief through Caitlin's eyes. Her perspective is black and white, always taking things literally; she struggles to understand the gray and sometimes she comes off as insensitive. This would seem like a book that tries to do too much--a school shooting, community grief and Asperger's--but it works particularly well in helping readers see the perspective of someone who may be very different from them. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I love it when you read a book that really touches you and "Mockingbird" did this for me. Caitlin is a young Asperger's sufferer who is struggling with the shocking death of her beloved, older brother. She finds it hard to deal with her own feelings, understand the emotions of others and find closure. I love Caitlin, and as a narrator she has a moving, beautiful voice. She is often painfully honest and can behave inappropriately, but she determined and quirky, and her unique perspective on life is absolutely intriguing. A truly wonderful novel. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
I love it when you read a book that really touches you and "Mockingbird" did this for me. Caitlin is a young Asperger's sufferer who is struggling with the shocking death of her beloved, older brother. She finds it hard to deal with her own feelings, understand the emotions of others and find closure. I love Caitlin, and as a narrator she has a moving, beautiful voice. She is often painfully honest and can behave inappropriately, but she determined and quirky, and her unique perspective on life is absolutely intriguing. A truly wonderful novel. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
The issues involved in this book were very serious: middle school shootings, grieving over a brother/son's death, trying to find closure, Asperger's Syndrome, making friends. The search for closure and attempts to make friends are quite sweet and ring true, especially the AS child's relationship with the 1st grader.

One difficulty in reviewing children's books is that I often have different responses as an adult and as a child. Actually, this one can be appreciated from both views, especially if the child reader is somewhat thoughtful. I didn't initially agree with the way the Asperger's character, Caitlin, was portrayed, but overall it seemed accurate, especially if she hadn't understood she had Asperger's before. This depiction (with Caitlin's voice) could help non-AS children understand AS kids (and any difficult kids) more, although some readers may get irritated by Caitlin's cluelessness before learning to accept and care about her (which is appropriate). ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
What a fantastic book -- a very moving look at loss from a unique perspective. Erskine's take on her neuroatypical narrator is sensitive and extremely engaging. ( )
  Tafadhali | Nov 18, 2015 |
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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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