Monday, April 30, 2012

100 Books in 2012: Mockingbird by Erskine

Book 23:  Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

After a school shooting leaves her middle school brother Devon dead, Caitlin has trouble making sense of it all.  Devon was the one who helped the eleven year old understand the daily routines of life, and now she is struggling to understand even the simplest things.  But then Caitlin has always struggled.  As a child with Asperger's, Caitlin sees the world differently than the rest of her classmates and without Devon to help her understand the world, she is even more confused and lost.   While her patient dad is dealing with his own grief, her teacher, Mrs. Brook, counsels Caitlin about finding closure with finesse.

I wonderful read:  a real coming of age story told through an autistic child.  Erskine was moved to write the novel after the shooting on the Virginia Tech campus.

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