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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
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Nov 29, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: autism, friendship, loss, realistic-fiction, favorites
Read in July, 2010

An excellent addition to the growing list of fiction books with an autistic narrator. Ostracized by other 5th grade students already (because of her autism), Caitlin's role as the sister of a middle school boy killed in a school shooting only serves to make others more uncomfortable around her. Caitlin works hard to deal with the tragic, sudden death of her beloved brother and her father's resulting devastation. With the help of a wise school counselor she also makes progress towards learning how to interact and socialize more appropriately with kids at school and other adults. Kids who read this will definitely come away with a greater understanding of how autistic people experience the world. Hopefully, the cruel and insensitive way some other students (and even teachers) treat Caitlin will make readers cringe and develop more empathy for disabled people in the real world. And the clear message that everyone has unique strengths is an important one. My only quibble with the book is that Caitlin is described as having Asperger's and she seemed somewhat more impaired to me. I was very moved by the story and characters in this powerful book. It would make an excellent book club selection for 7th grade and up.
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Lili I liked this book a lot. But your reveiw was pretty good as well noce going.

Lili went I wrote noce going i submitted by accident. I ment to say nice goimg you wrote an excellent reveiw.

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