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Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine

Summary:  Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.  235 pgs. Philomel

Find it at WCPL


8 Responses

  1. This book is very good! It really shows that Caitlin just sees things so different from us that it could really benefit others who don’t see it exactly like her.

  2. this is almost an out of my mind all over again!!!
    it is a good book but i hate when people say really stupid things and don’t read other peoples minds…

  3. after finishing the book i was still iffy on newbery honor. but i couldn’t get the story out of my head. plus i tottally recomend it.

  4. I liked this one a lot. It tied up a little neatly but I did enjoy learning about Caitlin. I put it right up there with Marcelo in the Real World, Rules, and Anything but Typical.

  5. It was interesting looking at the process of grief through the eyes of a character with Asperger’s syndrome in this book. You could tell what the other characters were feeling by looking at their actions through Caitlin’s eyes, even though Caitlin didn’t understand what they were feeling! Clever writing.

  6. Just a little update for anyone who likes this book, the author is going to go to Quail Ridge Books on Sep. 21st @ 7 pm. She will be signing books, I believe. You can find more information at http://www.quailridgebooks.com/

  7. it was a really good book but I don’t understand using italics for speaking. what happened 2 quote-marks?
    but it was an amazing book

  8. It was an ok book. Not Newbery. The italics were annoying. Pretty good characters (maybe not enough details), but the plot left a lot to be desired. Maybe I’m just desensitized to these books (we’ve had a lot this year).

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