Mockingbird

Mockingbird

eBook - 2010
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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: 9781101149317
1101149310
9781101148488
1101148489
Characteristics: c
Alternative Title: Mok'ing-bûrd

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bookgirlatDCL Sep 19, 2017

An excellent book if you want to get into the mind of a person with Asperger's.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
What an emotionally-loaded book. Many tears were shed, and I don't know that I could re-read it again for a long time, but it was excellent.

PinesandPrejudice Jul 12, 2017

thought Cailtin was a great character and I thoroughly enjoyed getting inside her head. It was wonderful to see the story from her perspective and examine how she saw the world. I struggled with the plot because I didn't feel like there was one. I recognize Caitlin's growth in finding Closure and friends and reconciling with her father. But it was slow at points and hard to sink my teeth into. It could be because of the target audience again. I don't know.

What I do know is that I enjoyed Caitlin's examination of the world and of herself. Mrs. Brooks was one of the best characters in the whole thing. I feel like the message of the author, about school shootings, violence and neurodiversity was sometimes a little too distracting, despite it's importance. Caitlin saved the story, or lack there of, for me.

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Delia95
Jan 25, 2017

It is a terrific book like "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio or "Firegirl" by Tony Abbott. These books help to challenge us all to live in another person's world for short time. Mockingbird introduces us to Caitlin with Asperger's syndrome. As the story continues, Mockingbird also shows how a family and community are dealing with death and school shootings. In the end, it is a positive story of empathy and trying to understand the concerns/fears of others around us.

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Park_Chim_chim
Aug 09, 2016

This book is good. I thought that I wasn't going to like it as much as I did because it's more of a 3-5th grade kind of book. I was reminded a little bit of my 5th grade year because I was really struggling. I hope that other 5th grade students can read this and understand what it's like to have to "Deal with It". I was really impressed.

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Luciey
Sep 26, 2015

Sad Story

RainbowDash123 Jun 11, 2014

The Mockingbird by Kathryn Ershine is a realistic fiction book. This book is about a 5th grade girl, Caitlin , who has Asperger's syndrome. She searches for closure as a way to move on after her brother's death. My favorite part of the book is when she discvers how to deal with life. The Mockingbird is spectacular. I reacommend this book to readers who love characters with life challenges.

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emmadragons
Feb 09, 2014

Bittersweet very bittersweet.

ChristchurchLib Jan 28, 2014

"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

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LynnLaPointe
Jan 25, 2013

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

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Feb 25, 2017

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Oct 22, 2014

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Oct 17, 2014

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duckynom thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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rabbitarabbit
Jun 11, 2015

A ten year old girl with Asperger's syndrome struggles to reach closure with the recent death of her beloved brother.

no6346 Jun 14, 2011

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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rabbitarabbit
Jun 11, 2015

"We have to reach Closure"

jessy24 Aug 15, 2012

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

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stevethorne Oct 09, 2013

Other: Death

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