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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Caitlin is a highly intelligent eleven-year-old girl with Asperger's who sees everything as black or white, good or bad.  Her brother, Devon, has always been able to explain the "in between" things.  But that has ended.  Devon is dead and her Dad is having a difficult time dealing with his death.  Caitlin does not have any friends and she misses Devon very much. Working with her school counselor, she realizes she needs closure yet she is not sure how to get it.  During her search for closure, she discovers an inner-strength and makes a friend with a younger boy, begins to understand empathy, and helps her dad and herself find closure.

The story is a bit complex. Everything is seen through Caitlin's perspective.  She does not act like a fifth grader, but a much younger child due to the Asperger's.  However, she grows so much throughout the story.  I felt her frustration and the sorrow of losing her brother.  This type of situation would be hard on any person yet alone one with Asperger's.  I love how Caitlin helps guide her father and herself into finding closure.  This book is sensitive, captivating, and a great read.

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