Beverly B, March 2, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Mockingbird is a simple, sweet and emotionally profound story of an eleven year old girl with Asperger's Syndrome trying to understand how to live without her adored older brother who was killed in a school shooting. Caitlin's Asperger's prevents her from understanding how she is processing her own grief and loss. She does not know what is happening to her and can not put into words what she is feeling. With the help of her amazing school counselor, Caitlin slowly learns how to mind her manners, make friends, find closure and feel empathy. An unforgettable story.
Joelle Anthony, October 21, 2010 (view all comments by Joelle Anthony)
One of my favourite books of the year. And now an NBA finalist. Don't miss this one. Especially if you're like me and a bit squeamish about the tougher subjects...it's handled beautifully and it's a wonderful book.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Ten-year-old Caitlin Smith has Asperger's syndrome, which is why she is processing a horrific event differently than everyone else in her small Virginia town. As the result of a school shooting, her beloved brother, Devon, and two others are dead. Caitlin's mother is also dead, lost to cancer when Caitlin was just three. She addresses these losses matter-of-factly; her lack of tact is especially hard on her father, a kind man who is falling apart. Over the course of the story, Caitlin, who like many with Asperger's has incredible brainpower but few social skills, must learn empathy. She narrates — a risky choice that mostly works. Her Amelia Bedelia — like misunderstandings of figurative language provide much needed moments of levity, and her extreme conscientiousness is endearing. Erskine (Quaking) works in powerful imagery throughout — Devon's unfinished Eagle Scout project was a wooden chest, and for Caitlin, it's entwined with the irreparable bullet wound in Devon's chest. Although an author's note links the novel with the 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech, this novel is not about violence as much as about the ways in which a wounded community heals. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by School Library Journal,
"A valuable book."
by The Horn Book,
"A strong and complex character study."
In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. 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 11-year-old girl with Asperger's, she doesn't know how.
In Caitlins world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. Thats the stuff Caitlins older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devons dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Aspergers, she doesnt 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.
Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.
Praise for MOCKINGBIRD
* "Erskine works in powerful imagery throughout." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "[A] fine addition to the recent group of books with autistic narrators." --Booklist, starred review
"A strong and complex character study." --Horn Book
"This heartbreaking story is delivered in the straightforward, often funny voice of a fifth-grade girl with Asperger's Syndrome." --Kirkus, starred review
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.
"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
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