Mockingbird

By Erskine, Kathryn

Publishers Summary:
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. Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.

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ISBN
978-0-39925-264-8
Publisher
Philomel


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

Gr 4-6 From inside Caitlin's head, readers see the very personal aftermath of a middle school shooting that took the life of the older brother she adored. Caitlin is a bright fifth grader and a gifted artist. She also has Asperger's syndrome, and her brother, Devon, was the one who helped her interpret the world. Now she has only her father, a widower who is grieving anew and whose ability to relate to his daughter is limit...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2010

Caitlin tells readers about "The Day Our Life Fell Apart." Her older (by three years, one month, and sixteen days) brother Devon is killed in a school shooting, and she and her father are left to "Deal With It." But Caitlin has Asperger's syndrome, and what she has to "Deal With" are emotions, which are not one of her strengths. Devon always looked after her, much as older brother Jem looked out for S...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Caitlin's older brother Devon is killed in a school shooting, and she and her father are left to "D...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on May 1, 2010

Caitlin’s persistence and vulnerability make her a sympathetic, admirable, and unusual protagonist. Sensitively portrays Asperger’s syndrome. Caitlin’s que...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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