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Kathryn Erskine

Author of Mockingbird

12 Works 3,603 Members 413 Reviews

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Works by Kathryn Erskine

Mockingbird (2010) 2,633 copies
The Absolute Value of Mike (2011) 195 copies
Seeing Red (2013) 183 copies
Quaking (2007) 172 copies
The Badger Knight (2014) 99 copies
All of Us (2021) 49 copies
Lily's Promise (2021) 14 copies
My Dad Is a DJ (2023) 11 copies
O voo da cotovia (2012) 1 copy

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Gender
female
Places of residence
Virginia, USA
Occupations
lawyer

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Maybe I've just read too many books with autistic main characters, but the narrator in this one seemed like a mashing together of all the Aspergers traits I've seen in other Aspergers characters in other books. Still, the writing was good and the story was touching. The author's note at the end really put me off because it made the whole story seem completely didactic. But if I hadn't read it, I would've walked away thinking this was a decent book.

And now it's won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature! I can hardly agree, but I do find myself thinking of Caitlin from time to time when my mind is wandering while someone's talking to me and I have to remind myself to Look At The Person.

Regarding it's comparison to [b:Out of My Mind|6609765|Out of My Mind|Sharon M. Draper|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1275674397s/6609765.jpg|6803732], I completely prefer this one. But both books have this problem of too many problems. You can't heap every trouble in the world on your main character. It's too much. It's a soap opera. It's overkill.
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LibrarianDest | 353 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
An interesting insight into the mind of a girl with aspergers.
 
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JennyPocknall | 353 other reviews | Oct 19, 2023 |
This book is about Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, and her rise to fame. "Mama Africa" as she's often called raised her voice to expose injustice at many different places. This book is a great learning tool for kids to get a close view of Miriam and her global activism along with her fight for equality. The images are eye-catching and help tell her story through beautiful visuals by Charly Palmer.
 
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CB064 | 15 other reviews | Sep 6, 2023 |
A fairly realistic voice for an autistic protagonist. I found it preferable to the other YA autism book I read at the same time ([b:Al Capone Does My Shirts|89716|Al Capone Does My Shirts|Gennifer Choldenko|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309198452s/89716.jpg|2952174]), but not having read YA in a long time, parts seemed very superficial. In addition, the character sometimes seemed young or naive in a way that does not sync with my experience with high functioning individuals on the autism spectrum… (more)
 
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settingshadow | 353 other reviews | Aug 19, 2023 |

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Works
12
Members
3,603
Popularity
#7,029
Rating
4.2
Reviews
413
ISBNs
109
Languages
4

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