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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
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Mar 04, 12


Mockingbird is about a 10 year old girl named Caitlin, who is dealing with the death of her older brother, Devon, who was killed in a school shooting. A death is hard enough to deal with by itself, but Caitlin has the added difficulty of having Asperger’s syndrome. This is a wonderful and inspiring book that truly makes you appreciate the good in life. It is a moving story about her determination and dedication to find closure not only for herself, but for her father and other members of the school. All the while, she has the difficult task of working to overcome the struggle of making friends, learning to recognize and understand emotions and show empathy towards others. While I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone, elementary age and up, it has a lot of heavy topics. Combining a middle school shooting with the death of a close family member and dealing with a disability like Asperger’s syndrome may have been too much to group together. However the author does a wonderful job narrating Caitlin’s journey and making the reader see things through her perspective. This book gives the reader a brief look into the mind of a very brave and special girl. The reader gets to experience Caitlin’s growth throughout the story and the author has you routing for her from start to finish. This is a warm and loving narrative that captivates and engages its audience and gives a rare glimpse into a magnificent world.
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