Monday, June 24, 2013
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Mockingbird is about a ten year old girl who has Asperger's Syndrome. She recently suffered the loss of her older brother and protector through a school shooting at the local middle school. Caitlin desperately wants to find "closure" and show her dad how to do it along the way, but it's much harder than she ever thought it was going to be.
I loved being able to see the world through Caitlin's eyes. So many times we think we know what is going on the mind of others, but with children who have Asperger's Syndrome, we only think we have it all figured out. Watching Caitlin deal with the emotions of losing her brother, of trying to help her father, of trying to make friends in a world of ambiguity, and of trying to find closure, opens our eyes to a world beyond what most people can imagine. How do you wrangle emotions when you don't really know what an emotion feels like? How do you help your father with the loss of a child when you deal with things in black and white? How do you make friends with the other girls when they are desperately trying to set themselves apart from the "weirdo" whose brother was shot? Kathryn Erskine did a beautiful job of making the reader aware of all the emotions involved. It's a story about a school shooting, but from an angle like no other book I have read.