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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
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Mar 06, 12

bookshelves: children-s-fiction
Read in March, 2012

My first thought was that taking on Asperger’s syndrome and school shootings in the same book was a bit much, but by the end I realized that Caitlin’s trouble with emotions and empathy represent the struggle we all have to deal with the horror of children killing other children. The way Caitlin internalizes instructions to Deal With It, Look At The Person or get stickers for using Your Manners adds humor as well as insight into her way of thinking. I was especially touched by the way Caitlin’s attempts to make friends as her counselor had advised backfired when the motivations behind her unusual actions was so misunderstood. The ending is perhaps a little too neat to be realistic, but it represents a beginning in the right direction for both Caitlin and her classmates. The title comes from comparisons to the classic book.
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