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Mockingbird

Erskine, Kathryn

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Mockingbird
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Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.
Publisher: New York, NY : Philomel Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780399252648
0399252649
Branch Call Number: j ERSKINE 2010
Characteristics: 235 p. ;,19 cm
Alternate Title: Mok'ing-bûrd

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Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.


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Apr 11, 2014
  • mmaid07 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mockingbird is told through the eyes of Caitlin, a young girl with Asperger’s Syndrome, who is dealing with the death of her brother in a school shooting, a day Caitlin dubs, “The Day Our Life Fell Apart.” Through Caitlin's character, the author shows us the daily challenges she faces just to understand and communicate with other people. Sometimes humorous and sometimes heartbreaking, Caitlin learns about grief, friendship, and healing. As Caitlin and her Dad search for closure along with the rest of their community, it is Caitlin who comes up with an idea to help them heal. I found this book well-written and would definitely read more by this author.

Feb 09, 2014
  • emmadragons rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bittersweet very bittersweet.

"Ten-year-old Caitlin Smith's older brother Devon died in a recent school shooting, and because Caitlin has Asperger's syndrome, the sadness, anger, and confusion that follow are even harder for her to deal with than they would be for most kids. Caitlin has no idea how to carry on now that Devon is gone, but with some help from a kind and patient school counsellor, she figures out a way to help not just herself, but also her grieving father and her whole community. Readers who like sad yet hopeful stories with great characters won't want to miss Mockingbird." Kids' Books January 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/42e4bf1b-11e5-495a-bc55-6afd3991ab1d?postId=7ba0124d-8f36-493b-b7b3-8844aefa84f4

Jan 25, 2013
  • LynnLaPointe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book for getting an idea of what it might be like to have Asperger's Syndrome.

Aug 24, 2012
  • browncnd99 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was disappointed after reading some good reviews. The book seems to be written to be popular right now- the story deals with a girl with Aspergers dealing with the death of her brother who was killed in a school shooting. The characters/reactions seemed contrived. If you haven't read a story with a 'disabled' main character, it may give you some insight into her perspective on life. Probably good for grade 3-5 students.

Aug 15, 2012
  • jessy24 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

such a great book and it gives an understanding outlook and point of view from someone with aspergers syndrome because its sometimes its hard to show empathy for those people and it really helps if you read the book

Aug 14, 2012
  • aBellyDancer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A young girl with Aspergers tries to figure out how to "Deal With It" after her brother is tragically killed in a school shooting. It really makes you think about how we learn about empathy and connecting with other people.

Jul 21, 2012
  • pinkxgurl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The world would be a better place if we could all take the time to understand each other. See why I love this book so much: http://www.examiner.com/review/book-review-mockingbird-by-kathryn-erskine

Jun 23, 2012
  • samihanaimah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in one day, I could not stop reading. Its about a girl with this disease who always had her brother to love her and be by her side ..but then he dies in a school shooting. It shows how she finds "closure" for her and her father and learns to live and make friends without her brother right by her. <3 Best book ever!!

Jul 05, 2011
  • BajangalC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I saw this book and decided to read it because my brother has high functioning Autism. It was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked it so much I bought it.

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Oct 17, 2014
  • indigo_cat_175 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

indigo_cat_175 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 9

Oct 16, 2013
  • white_dove_224 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 08, 2013
  • green_turtle_1242 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 15, 2012
  • jessy24 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 23, 2012
  • samihanaimah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

samihanaimah thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Jun 14, 2011
  • no6346 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Caitlin is a ten-year-old girl with Asperger's Syndrome. When her brother, Devon, is killed in a shooting, the whole town tries to help Caitlin. But how can they help? Caitlin does not even remember them, and some she has never met. Some of the people who try to help though, do. For example, Caitlin's counselor helps Caitlin find friends, Caitlin's dad help Caitlin finish her brother's Eagle Scout project, the art teacher from the middle school get Caitlin to see the world in all colors, and many more people.

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Aug 15, 2012
  • jessy24 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"but you can develope that strength"
-Mrs. Brooks

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