Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Erskine, Kathryn.  mockingbird.  NY: Puffin Books, c2010.  235 pages.

Winner of the National Book Award.

This moving novel is shared from the head of Caitlyn Smith who has Asperger's Syndrome.  Caitlyn's mother died several years ago and now her brother, who helped her with everything, has been killed.  Caitlyn and her dad are just going through the motions until Caitlyn begins to focus on the word "closure."   She eventually figures out a way to help her father and herself achieve that.

If you've ever wondered what it might be like inside the head of someone who has this frustrating syndrome, this is a good glimpse.  The author includes details of how Caitlyn's thinking process is different from most people and how frustration manifests itself in her behavior. Even with all her difficulties, you will love Caitlyn and cheer for her as she figures things out. Because of how her brother Devon died, this book has a lot of current relevance.

Recommended for grades 7 and up or anyone wanting to read about Asperger's Syndrome.

Review by Mrs. Belknap

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