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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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Caitlin is a ten-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome. She used to rely on her older brother Devon to explain to her how the world worked, but Devon and two others were recently killed during a shooting spree at Devon’s middle school in Virginia. Caitlin’s mother had died of cancer seven years before. Now all that is left of the family besides Caitlin is the dad, who is hardly functioning himself ever since, as Caitlin calls it, The Day our Life Fell Apart.

Caitlin excels intellectually and can relate to the world when there are rigid boundaries of black and white, but has difficulty understanding emotions and nuance. She doesn’t know how to fix the pain that is debilitating them so much. She hears a woman on the news talking about the community needing closure, and she decides this is what she and her dad need. But how does one get it?

Evaluation: This powerful and poignant book explores in depth grief in the aftermath of senseless violence. It also takes us on a remarkable journey inside the head of someone with Asperger’s. Erskine doesn’t romanticize Caitlin; she shows both her strengths and limitations, and the difficulties others experience dealing with a child who cannot interact with the world the way most children do. Nevertheless, Caitlin is brave and resourceful, and becomes an unforgettable heroine. ( )
  nbmars | Feb 6, 2015 |
I really enjoyed _Mockingbird_ by Kathryn Erskine! Although centered around loss in the wake of a school shooting, _Mockingbird_ is a story of personal growth and tolerance. Erskine beautifully captures some of the thought patterns associated with Asperger's and presents them in a way that allows for learning and empathy. I would recommend this book to students grades 6 and up. ( )
  Debra_Armbruster | Dec 22, 2014 |
This was a quick read, for me. Loved it, though. It was intense and very sweet! ( )
  trayceetee | Nov 15, 2014 |
Excellent! Told through the eyes of Caitlin, everything is black and white. So why is life so difficult? And why is it so hard to find closure?
  mcorbink | Nov 4, 2014 |
Caitlin, 10 yr old girl, constantly refers to the event that "changed their lives". Her older brother was shot and killed at a middle school. Years before her mother died of cancer. And like these events were not enough her Dad had a very tough time dealing with the murder of his son, Devon. Caitlin has a different point of view about various things. She doesn't see the world like everyone else and she struggles being different at school. She cannot relate to other kids her age and create tension amongst them.
Caitlin has Asperger's syndrome. She graciously question s many things happening at school and at her home. And yet she doesn't seem to get the answers she wants and needs. Great story and same time hard to read because events that occurred in recent years, but still great to have a starting point.
Topics to discuss: autism (special education), violence, gun, death, closure, grief, cancer, illness, bullying, single parent, counseling, ( )
  Adrian.Gaytan | Oct 27, 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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