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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
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Dec 31, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, kids-books-i-would-recommend
Read in January, 2010

I enjoyed this one. I felt like Caitlin's character was not always consistent, though. And one thing I am still wondering is why does a girl who was reading on an 8th grade level in kindergarten (and now in 5th grade, reads beyond the testing levels) choose to express some of her words by capitalizing some internal letters. They aren't consistent, either; she doesn't simply capitalize emphasized syllables. And her vocabulary is not as good as I would have thought from her "high reading level." Does she have a high reading but low comprehension? I understand, of course, that words with an emotional component would be hard to comprehend. It was some of the other words that bothered me - just didn't seem to match up. A good story, though, and likable characters. I love the counselor and the little boy Michael.
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message 1: by Kim (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kim B. About that inconsistency: Asperger's is pretty complicated about that. I did a lot of those same weird grammatical things when I was her age too, and I didn't use a very large vocabulary. (I still don't, most of the time; "thing" and "stuff" are probably the two most used words in it and I use them very frequently.) I thought it fit her character well enough.

I love the characters too, especially Michael. The bully Josh was, surprisingly, one of my favorite characters in the book. In my mind, he was one of the most complex and interesting people in the book, and even though he wasn't nice, every scene he was in was very interesting.

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