author: Kathryn Erskine
Released April 15, 2010
ARC received in Around the World Tours.___________________
Caitlin is almost 11. She has Asperger's, and emphasizes she is not autistic. She has early intervention and pull-out sessions in her school with Mrs. Brook, her counselor. At times, Caitlin says things that makes Mrs. Brook's head do a turtle jerk.
Caitlin discovers the word CLOsure and decides she wants this. How Caitlin learns empathy and CLOsure make the body of this delightful book.
If you know anyone with Asperger's, this book is even more meaningful. I have worked with students with Asperger’s. We also had a woman with Asperger’s in our adult Sunday School class.
I’m reminded of one student I had both in the second grade and in high school. The student would come into my office ANGRY because of someone else. When telling the student the other person’s side of the issue, I often drew comic strips with word balloons. That helped show perspective and the child would go, “ah. I understand. But that’s still not fair.”
Mockingbird has recently been nominated for the first BFYA (ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults award) to be given in 2011. It well deserves this award!