Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine 


by Kathryn Erskine
Pages: 235
In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.
Oh goodness. When Jess reviewed this book back in June, I knew I HAD to read it. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book, and I’m terribly interested in the whole Autism spectrum. As an educator, I deal with special needs children on a regular basis. Students with Autism are so unique, not only to “normal” students, but to one another, too. This book dealt with two very difficult issues (autism and a school shooting), and Erskine did it wonderfully. The writing was beautiful and I found myself flying through this. I highly recommend it.