Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Synopsis: Ten-year-old Caitlin's word had always been black and white. Anything else was confusing; but her brother, Devon, helped her understand. Then tragedy struck, and now nothing makes sense. As a girl with Asperger's syndrome, Caitlin turns to what she does know - textbooks and dictionaries. And after reading the definition of close, she realizes that this is what everyone needs. In her search for closure, she discovers that black and white are surrounded by shades of gray, and that those are beautiful and necessary for healing. (from the back of the book)

Review: This is a marvelous book. I laughed out loud several times, and cried at the end. Yes, cried. Written from the viewpoint of a child dealing with Asperger's, it gives an excellent perspective, one many of us might learn from. I highly recommend this book - in particular if you know someone with Asperger's, and wish to learn more about how they see the world.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: 2010 U.S. Nationa Book Award for Young People's Literature

Date Finished: 7-10-2012 
Pages: 235

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