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Mockingbird by [Erskine, Kathryn]
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"A valuable book." ?

"A valuable book." -"School Library Journal"
"A strong and complex character study." -"The Horn Book"

"A valuable book." -"School Library Journal"

"A strong and complex character study." -"The Horn Book"



"A valuable book." -School Library Journal

"A strong and complex character study." -The Horn Book

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"Mockingbird is a lovely, perceptive and poignant story... Thank you for introducing me to this talented writer." (Sharon Creech, Newbery Medal Winner)"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1930 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K1XTPAW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fast delivery, excellent value and a brilliant book for any age. A must read! I am reading this with my students at school and the discussion questions that this book throws up are fantastic and really gets them thinking about someone with Asperger's syndrome. They have learnt so much about people with Asperger's and feel that they can really relate to the character of Caitlin. I would recommend this book to anyone, however, be warned it is an incredibly hard book to put down and I have had to keep the students books in school to stop them reading ahead of the group.
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This was amazing inside and out. I couldn't put it down, and finished reading it within two days. It was very well written, endearing and heartwarming at times, at others heartbreaking, but I assure that you will be overwhelmed with emotion all throughout the book. I have experienced the death of a family member, as many of you probably will have, and I also have a close family member who, like Caitlin, deals with Asperger syndrome. These two heavy topics are tenderly written, and as Kathryn hoped, I feel I do understand others better now, especially those on the autism spectrum. As the title of my review reads, this book as a whole, was beautiful. I recommend this to anyone, whether you can relate to the two main topics or not.
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Really enjoyed this book. Couldn't put it down and finished it in the day. Didn't even realise it was a YA book but would recommend it all the same!
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I literally couldn't put it down!!! I read it while eating my lunch for an hour and a half straight!!! Would definitely recommend it.
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best book ever!
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Mockingbird is a moving novel by Kathy Erskine in which she tries to send a very important message 'in hopes that we may all understand each other better'. This book was written after the Virginia Tech school shootings, which is of course a very emotive subject. Erskine handled the portrayal of the aftermath of this well.

I was drawn it from the very first page of Mockingbird by the unique writing style and distinct voice of our eleven year old narrator, Caitlin, who has Aspergers. We are thrown into the highly emotional setting from the start when we discover that Caitlin's brother, Devon, was a victim of a school shooting. The whole story is about 'Getting It' (finding understanding), finding closure and acceptance.

It is really interesting to see the world from Caitlin's perspective. She has quite basic language but the thought behind her words makes them very intense. For the most part, her actions make her appear younger than her age, but her thoughts could be seen as complex. There is some light humour throughout the book even though the protagonist isn't intentionally, or aware that she is, amusing - this just makes the story all that more poignant. Caitlin is often very literal in her thoughts and speech and this shows how things are interpreted differently by different people. Even though Caitlin was different, it's easy to empathise with her.

Reading about Caitlin trying to make friends with others and her relationships in general were intriguing and her search to be able to empathise with other was touching. I found reading about her relationship with Michael, a younger boy whose mother was killed during the shooting, to be emotive and very intense but also very natural.
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I read a really nice review of this book last year and added it to my wishlist. By the time I actually got around to buying it I had kind of forgotten why I had put it on my list. I remembered that I had read a review but didn't really remember much about what the review had said, or even what the book was about. I mainly bought it because I wanted to add new books to my Kindle before I went o holiday and it was quite a lot cheaper on Kindle than as a paper book (I really have a thing about Kindle books having to be cheaper).

I was a little unsure about having Asperger's and a school shooting in the same book. It just seemed as if Erskine needed to add an extra issue to make her story a book. Actually though on reading the book I didn't find it to be so. It was really interesting to see the shooting through Caitlin's eyes. No, that's not true really because the shooting didn't so much come into it. It was more seeing the loss caused by the shooting and the effects of it on other people through Caitlin's eyes was the interesting thing. It didn't really matter much what the sad event was, it was the response to it that really mattered.

I thought the way Caitlin's voice was captured was really authentic, you could tell that Erskine was drawing from personal experience.

It was funny, and sad, and sweet. I loved Caitlin.

It's a quick and easy read without loosing any substance and I would really recommend it to anyone.
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Mockingbird is an essential book for your autie daughter. Oh how I wish I had read it as a child - so much that didn't make sense would have made sense, or at least I could have sympathised!

Caitlin is recovering from the murder of her brother during a school shooting, trying to navigate the world without him while also trying to heal her father's grief. When she discovers the word "closure" she sets out to find it for them. Not only is this a brilliant story, but Kathryn Erskine's 1st person narrative is so spot on for my brain I couldn't cope! Caitlin's thought action of To Look at the Person highlights the non automated way autistic people think about social interactions. I loved it ever so much, suitable for 9+.
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