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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
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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

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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 |
I loved this little book! What an unexpected surprise.

Mockingbird is told in the voice of Caitlin, a young girl with Aspergers, moving on with life after her brother is killed in a middle school shooting. She is working to understand her father's feelings, being accepted at school, and living life without her older brother. I enjoyed seeing the world through her eyes, and often found myself completely understanding her point of view. Like the book says, we all fall somewhere on the autistic spectrum. I may be a little closer to Caitlin than other people, and that's ok.

If you like getting inside a character's head who might cause you to view the world a little differently, it's definitely worth the read. So good!
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  GovMarley | Oct 7, 2014 |
Young girl with Asperger's syndrome dealing with the death of her brother in a school shooting. Caitlin seeks closure for her family, her community, and herself. Connections to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - character parallels and themes of innocence. ( )
  jcarroll12 | Jun 18, 2014 |
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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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