Mockingbird, Kathryn Erskine

Good or Bad is how 11 year old Caitlin sees life. There is only Happy and sad for her. She has aspergers. There is no excited. No distraught. No Amazed. Until she finds closure. You may be wondering why she wants to find closure. She wants it, no her community wants it because her brother and many others were shot. In a middle school. In the middle of the day. Until Caitlin finds closure her life is a blur of black and white. Then she realizes that the gray colors in between are lovely and necessary for healing.

Caitlin is a character so real you feel her troubles inside. Her life is a blur. But a beautiful one.

Here is what Goodreads has to say;

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.Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.


* “Erskine works in powerful imagery throughout.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “[A] fine addition to the recent group of books with autistic narrators.” —Booklist, starred review

“A strong and complex character study.” —Horn Book

“This heartbreaking story is delivered in the straightforward, often funny voice of a fifth-grade girl with Asperger’s Syndrome.” —Kirkus, starred review

“This is…a valuable book.” —School Library Journal

“Fascinating characters.” —Los Angeles Times

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