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Mockingbird Paperback – February 3, 2011
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"A valuable book." -School Library Journal
"A strong and complex character study." -The Horn Book
About the Author
Kathryn Erskine spent many years as a lawyer before realizing that she’d rather write things that people might actually enjoy reading. She grew up mostly overseas and attended eight different schools, her favorite being the Hogwarts-type castle in Scotland. The faculty, of course, did not consist of wizards, although . . . how did the headmistress know that it was “the wee redhead” who led the campaign to free the mice from the biology lab? Erskine draws on her childhood—and her second childhood through her children—for her stories. She still loves to travel but nowadays most trips tend to be local, such as basketball and tennis courts, occasional emergency room visits, and the natural food store for very healthy organic chocolate with “life saving” flavonoids.
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"Mockingbird" tells the story of Caitlin, a 5th grader with Asperger's. She has trouble communicating, understanding feelings, and dealing with the stress of recess.
Worse, her brother, her biggest supporter and helper, has been killed in a school shooting.
Kathryn Erskine takes these basics for what could be a bummer of a book and turns it into something strong and emotionally beautiful, even for Caitlin who thinks she doesn't like colors.
I highly recommend this book for its take on language, Asperger's and grieving. Caitlin's strong awareness of her "otherness" as well as the growing friendship she feels with her special teacher and her dear dad will brighten your day.
This book is a small treasure, one devoted to making us better people and thus making the world a better place.
Erskine's Caitlin and her understanding of language gave me a grin because my protagonist in the newly published "Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead" struggles with American idioms in a way similar to Caitlin. For those who love language, "Mockingbird" will give you another reason to think about what words mean.
This book should be required reading in Middle School, so other young people can better understand their classmates who are "different" from them. Maybe, just maybe, it would help to decrease the bullying, teasing, tormenting that occurs in our schools today.
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!I really liked this book. It was sad but very detailed and I don't want to put the book/tablet down i had to keep reading.Read more