Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

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Using Caitlin as the narrator is an inspired choice as we are given a rare insight into how an Asperger’s child views both ourselves and the world around us.
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THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER and ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOVELS OF OUR TIME FOR YOUNG READERS

Caitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon was killed in a school shooting, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful. Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn't know how to do that. Then she comes across the word closure--and she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be so black and white after all.

"Powerful."--Publishers Weekly

"A strong and complex character study."--The Horn Book

"Allusions to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the portrayal of a whole community's healing process, and the sharp insights into Caitlyn's behavior enhance this fine addition to the recent group of books with narrators with autism and Asbergers."--Booklist
 

About Kathryn Erskine

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Kathryn Erskine (www.kathyerskine.com) lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
Published April 15, 2010 by Puffin Books. 239 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Simon Mason on Feb 03 2012

Erskine's seems as if written with America's annual "Autism Awareness month" in mind. In the end, like Caitlin's drawings, Mockingbird is a neat outline in black and white. It could have done with more colour.

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Good
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Jan 06 2012

Using Caitlin as the narrator is an inspired choice as we are given a rare insight into how an Asperger’s child views both ourselves and the world around us.

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