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  • Book review: Mockingbird @KathrynErskine @Usborne

    January 7th, 2012mardixonLiteracy

    I was sent this book by Usborne yesterday. Last night, I picked it up to read the blurb before bed.  I read the whole book in one sitting – I just couldn’t put it down.

    Author Kathryn demands your attention from the go and maintains the momentum throughout each of the 223 pages.

    Photo from Usborne Website

    You immediately care about each of the characters as they are introduced, the main ones being  Caitlin and her widowed dad.  Caitlin likes to be called Scout and she lives with Asperger’s which makes dealing with anything outside the black and white of emotions very complicated for her. This sets the tone for the complexity of having to deal with her brother’s death and her father’s grief after big brother Devon was tragically shot and killed in a school shooting which affected the entire community.

    Having worked with Asperger children before, Kathryn Erskine managed to describe their world incredibly accurate.  It is a frustrating world, not always for them as they don’t always see the issue as awkward or sensitive.  They like and prefer truth and to know where they are going (Black and White).  Death and grief does not allow for this.

    Highly recommend this book.  While it’s classed as YA, and will be excellent for secondary schools to read, I also see this has a Book Club book as I found myself with many thoughts that I still want to discuss with others [What are your thoughts on Josh?  What happens to Caitlin when she goes to secondary school?].

    Having already won the American National Book Award in 2010 and YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults in 2011, I’d be very surprised if Mockingbird is not shortlisted for the Costa and Booktrust award for 2012.

    5 out of 5 Stars

    Please note:  Even though this book was sent by the publisher it has no influence on my review or recommendation. 

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