Children’s novel: mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

I really can’t imagine even an older child picking up this book on his or her own. Caitlin deals with Asperger’s, and relies on her older brother to teach her how to act so that others will, at the very least, leave her alone.  He dies in a school shooting, her mother died a few years ago from cancer, and her dad is simply suffering.  Caitlin works with the school counselor to make friends, and work her way to Closure.  As an adult, I really liked the story and the voice of the character.  It reminded me of many students I’ve had, and of a few teachers I’ve known.  All the references to To Kill a Mockingbird really are pushing me to reread that book, as well.  Teens who enjoy realistic fiction or anyone who works with autistic children (whether as a parent, sibling, teacher, etc.) would probably enjoy this book.

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