Mockingbird is a captivating, moving story about how Caitlin adapts to a world that always seems strange to her when her only guides are her grieving father, her well-meaning school counselor, and her own strong will to persevere. It's a story about seeking closure after tragedy, but more importantly it's a story about one girl's unique perspective of the world around her. I was so impressed with Erskine's ability to allow the reader to enter Caitlin's mind; I'm not expert on Autism Spectrum Disorder, but every aspect of Caitlin's Asperger's Syndrome seemed realistic and fully developed. How wonderful to explore Caitlin's perspective in a very genuine way.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Book #18: Mockingbird
Kathryn Erskine won the 2010 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her juvenile fiction novel Mockingbird, a first person account of a young girl with Asperger's Syndrome. Caitlin is in fifth grade, and she has a fair amount of trouble relating to her peers. In fact, the only person she really gets--and the only one who really gets her--is her older brother Devon; he was always willing to explain what confused her and help her fit in. After tragedy strikes, however, Devon is no longer there for Caitlin.