Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

It seems I've read a lot of books lately about Asperger's or autism--Born on a Blue Day, Marcelo in the Real World, The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time. I don't think this one is as good as Marcelo, but I found it a fascinating read. Do young kids like this book? or is it more of an adult read?

Caitlin has Asperger's and is trying to deal with the recent death of her brother in a school shooting. She's ten and her father isn't dealing well with the loss. They lost their mother to cancer years before, too. Caitlin, with the help of a school counselor, is trying to learn how to deal with emotions, but it's hard with her diagnosis. Of course, there are mentions of To Kill a Mockingbird, since her brother called her Scout, and the parallels to the novel are pretty clear. Even though the book is intended for a younger audience, I already discussed this book with our LD English teacher, because I think the discussions about the book would be interesting, especially for the students who have read To Kill a Mockingbird.

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