Friday, June 3, 2011

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskin

National Book Award Winner

Caitlin is probably the best artist in Virginia, misses her brother, Devon, who died in a school shooting, and has Asperger's, which makes her see the world in black and white. She is also wise beyond her years and is looking for closure for both herself and her father.

This story is told from Caitlin's point of view and we are able to see the world through her eyes as she tries to learn the social skills that are so easy for other kids in her class.

The author, Kathryn Erskine, has a child with Asperger's and I have read that Caitlin is very typical of children with this particular syndrome. This is a very short, quick-to-read book that is very powerful. I don't think students will pick this one off the shelves, but if they do read it, they will be happy that they did.

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