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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  25,677 Ratings  ·  3,919 Reviews
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 re ...more
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Philomel Books (first published 2010)
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Jennifer I would rate this book very well, and I personally gave it 5 stars. I would definitely recommend this book.
Kaylan closure (well, at least how they use it in the book) means a sense of conclusion, resolution or satisfaction at the end of an event/artistic work

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Nicola Mansfield
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I have Asperger's and when I saw a book that featured a female protagonist with Asperger's I was elated and HAD to read the book.

I came away from this book very satisfied. As a female with Asperger's I felt that Caitlin was portrayed realistically. There can be wide differences in how males and females present and I think the author managed to bring those out in Caitlin, though the intense plot does put Caitlin in a situation above and beyond normal everyday life.

A small town
Victor Almeida
Como não abrir o maior sorriso durante e leitura desse livro?

Passarinha foi uma das histórias mais singelas, emocionantes e inocentes que eu já li — ela traz uma sinceridade impressionante. A protagonista, que sofre da Síndrome de Asperger, é retratada de forma incrível, e o seu ponto de vista é maravilhosamente bem escrito. Sem contar que dá vontade de abraçar ela pra sempre e nunca mais soltar. Eu AMEI ela do começo ao fim. A forma como ela lida com o mundo, as expressões que ela usa, suas dif
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
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C.G. Drews
Ugh, I did not have a good time with this book at all. I read it because it's about a girl with Aspergers who go undiagnosed a lot due to stigmas promoting that boys are more likely to have it. (They aren't. Girls are more likely to go undiagnosed due to being able to blend in and imitate their peers better.)

ASD is a broad spectrum, but this didn't feel like a very accurate portrayal. The protagonist possibly had other learning disabilities? Because her thought process wasn't typically ASD at al
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

A moving story about an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome whose older brother dies in a school shooting and the steps she takes to get closure. Kathryn Erskine pulls this poignant tale off wonderfully – it is sad, but sad in a way that gives the reader hope.

Throughout the novel I had to remind myself that Caitlin was eleven as opposed to five or six; this isn’t a bad thing, and in fact it shows Erskine’s talent for character development. To see her grow by learning about em
This book doesn't lose its beauty or heart for me, no matter how many times I read it. It still gets me, every time.

"'How did you get to be so smart?'

I shrug. 'I'm really working hard on finesse.'

Then he takes my hands in his and I don't even pull them away because he is looking at my cuts closely and I would want to do that too if I saw cuts on somebody's hands so I let him look.

'Do you still really want to do this?'

I don't know if he means to keep cutting the oak tree or work on the chest but
Melina Souza
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mental-healt
Que livro lindo e necessário.

Ele é protagonizado por uma garotinha e é voltado para um público mais infantil, mas o tema abordado é tão importante que acredito que deve ser lido por pessoas de todas as idades.

Nele conhecemos Caitlin, uma garota do quinto ano com Síndrome de Asperger, que está aprendendo a lidar com a morte de seu irmão (alguns anos mais velho) que sempre foi próximo dela, com o luto de seu pai e com seus coleguinhas da escola.

É um livro sobre empatia. Um livro que todos deveriam
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
One of my sisters loved this, the other didn't like it. I'm somewhere in between. I thought the writing was well-done: smooth and polished. But otherwise, I thought this was heavy-handed (the author's note is a sad muddle which kind of explains this) and very one-note.

Perhaps this is a small thing, but Devon's Eagle Scout project is a big part of the book, and it irritated me that what is described as his project would not earn him an Eagle--it just isn't big enough and doesn't include the requi
Cristiana de Sousa
Aquele livro feito para nos emocionar! Gostei bastante desta historia. Não conhecia muito bem os contornos da narrativa mas envolvi-me muito com as personagens. Adorei a Caitlin. A sua forma de ver o mundo é tao peculiar e fascinante ao mesmo tempo! Adorei que a historia tivesse sido contada através dos seus olhos. Não estava a contar que o livro aborda-se o tema dos tiroteios nas escolas e apesar da autora o ter feito de forma subtil, acho que foi muito bem conseguido. A escrita da autora é sim ...more
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has Asperger's, 10-year-old Caitlin has trouble understanding why people act a certain way and how to react to them in turn. She would always turn to her older brother Devon to explain things and situations for her, but Devon dies in a tragedy that rocks their entire community. So not only is Caitlin left without her most trusted friend and big brother, she must learn how to deal with the way her father is now acting, the way others treat her in school, learning empathy, and most ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“ Eu consigo ler qualquer livro, porque o meu nível de leitura é tão alto que eles nem o conseguem classificar. .Às vezes leio o mesmo livro uma e outra e outra vez. O que é bom nos livros é que o que vem lá dentro não muda nunca. Os livros não são como as pessoas. Os livros são seguros."

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Claudia Badiu
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caitlin învață despre empatie, despre culori și despre prieteni în timp ce își caută Împăcarea. Toată povestea mi s-a părut a fi încercarea unui copil fragil de a înțelege un labirint fără sens, numit viață.
Mr. Bruton
***Spoiler Alert***
I don’t get it. That is most likely how you will feel as you read this book. But once you get to the end, you will Get It, just like the main character, Caitlin. In this realistic fiction book, the author does a good job of putting me in the place of a person with Asperger’s while telling a story with lots of emotion. It is not my favorite book, but it certainly teaches some good lessons.

This story takes place after a school shooting, and Caitlin’s family and fellow students
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Simply the best children's ficton I've read since I was a kid. Tears sprung into my eyes by the end of the first short chapter, and I was hooked. It's complex but not overly complicated, and the Big Things That Happen (as Caitlin might put it) are slowly revealed. I love how the intersection of other characters such as first-grader Michael and class bully Josh are deftly tied together -- the ending is a stunner to pull off and had not one note of triteness or seemed forced in any way. The issues ...more
Sepideh Salarvand
کتاب از دید دختربچهای که آسپرگر داره روایت میشه و به نظر میرسه خیلی واقعی تونسته حال بچهای با آسپرگر رو دربیاره و خواننده کاملا کیتلین رو درک میکنه. من کتاب رو گذاشتم تو جیب کاپشنم و هر جا دو دقیقه وقت داشتم یه کمش رو خوندم. حالم دگرگون شد باهاش و از روزی که شروعش کردم به تفاوت بچهها با هم بیشتر دقت میکنم تو خانه کودک و به عینه روی برخوردم با یکی از بچهها تاثیر داشت خوندن این کتاب.
اگه بچه دارید یا با بچهها کار میکنید حتمن بخونیدش.
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Mockingbird is a moving novel by Kathy Erskine in which she tries to send a very important message 'in hopes that we may all understand each other better'. This book was written after the Virginia Tech school shootings, which is of course a very emotive subject. Erskine handled the portrayal of the aftermath of this well.

I was drawn it from the very first page of Mockingbird by the unique writing style and distinct voice of our eleven year old narrator, Caitlin, who has Aspergers. We are thrown
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ho ...more
Suad Shamma
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, own
This was such a heartwarming and moving novel that works for readers of any age. From the very first page, I found myself totally enraptured by eleven year old Caitlin, who suffers from Asperger's and has just lost her brother to a school shooting.

Caitlin is a very logical and literal person, her emotions don't work the way they need to and she finds that to be her biggest challenge. She hates upsetting people, but ends up doing just that on many occasions due to her extreme honesty and her fai
Ana Lúcia
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mente da Caitlin funciona a preto e branco. A Síndrome de Asperger não lhe permite compreender a complexidade das emoções que caracterizam as pessoas. Na verdade, eu não tenho Asperger e muitas vezes também me custa a compreendê-las!
Todos os dias desta menina tão especial, são uma aventura constante na procura dessa descodificação das emoções, onde existem sorrisos que não expressam paz e lágrimas que, afinal, podem ser de alegria.
Um livro pequenino, simples e muito bonito, que nos permite co
David Schaafsma
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-autism
This was inspired by the Virginia Tech campus murders and uses To Kill a Mockingbird as a kind of lens to view the situation. The main character and narrator is Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome and is a little like autistic Boo Radley, a misunderstood mockingbird. Caitlin just lost her brother in a school killing. What;s at issue in both books is the need for empathy, for understanding. There's not much complexity in this tale; I though it needed more of that in a tale that is essentially ab ...more
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This was one of those books that I never wanted to end. I got to where I was reading so fast, that I realized that I wasn't reading the chapter titles any more- that is how much I was gobbling up her Caitlin's words. I could have read about Caitlin for days and days because her voice is so beautiful. Beautiful and real. This book puts asperger's into a format where others may find empathy for those around them who are a bit different. I love i
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-reviewed
From the moment we are born, we begin learning. We watch the adults around us and mimic their actions and, slowly but surely, start to get the hang of the basics--sitting up, crawling, walking, talking. There is a whole other set of skills that most of us pick up naturally, not really having to consciously learn or practice them--the skill of recognizing when someone is angry, the skill of seeing that a friend is sad and offering them comfort. But did you ever think of what it would be like if y ...more
Dora Santos Marques
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A minha opinião em vídeo:

Adorei este livro! Mais uma história narrada por uma criança "especial" e especial.
Vale a pena ler!
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was recommended by someone in my Adolescent Lit. Class. She didn't say much about it other than that it was a pretty easy read and that the main character has Aspberger's Syndrome. I read The Speed of Dark earlier this year and was surprised by how helpful it was in understanding the way people with Aspberger's see and hear the world and how things like color, loud noise, indirect speech, and facial expressions can be overwhelming and indecipherable. I'm hoping this will be a kid-friendly v ...more
Nusrat Mahmood
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
The only problem I face while reading this book is... well... the protagonist reminds me of Caitlin Jenner. just the name people...just the name!! nothing else :v

Well... I like it. I would like it more if I have not read similar books earlier I guess. Still, it's a nice read! The whole story was nicely put together and who does not love a character who sees everything as either black or white. At least I do. Because I envy people who sees things like that as I can't. I am a grey person. so yeah
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Giveaway of this book on my blog until 12/9/10
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is a well written tale of a girl with Asperger's Syndrome. Since one of my children exhibits mild Asperger's like tendencies, I really benefited from reading this book.
See my review:
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Caitlin marks time from ‘The Day Our Life Fell Apart.’ The day Devon died.

Her brother was shot at school, by a fellow classmate. He left behind a half-finished Eagle Scout wooden chest, one little sister who is not allowed in his room and a father who now cries all the time.

Caitlin can’t understand how Devon died; the doctors said he had a hole in his heart that couldn’t be fixed or filled. But every time she walks past his closed bedroom door she half expects him to swing it open and invite he
Raevyn Oswald
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Good ending, stereotypical portrayal of Asperger’s. 2.5 stars.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Very interesting read.
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“Sometimes I read the same books over and over and over. What's great about books is that the stuff inside doesn't change. People say you can't judge a book by its cover but that's not true because it says right on the cover what's inside. And no matter how many times you read that book the words and pictures don't change. You can open and close books a million times and they stay the same. They look the same. They say the same words. The charts and pictures are the same colors.

Books are not like people. Books are safe.”
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