Reading Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine gave me a new perspective on life from someone who sees the world differently than me. My heart went out to Caitlin because her older brother was gone and she had many struggles to overcome. It isn’t always easy to see where other people are coming from, but now that I have read this book I hope I will make life easier to understand for the people I know who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s or autism. Sometimes someone else’s behavior may seem strange to us, but maybe our behavior seems strange to them! A lot of the points that Caitlin makes in the book made sense to me, especially the confusing language people use to describe death (loss, lost, gone, etc.). I really learned a lot from reading this book and I am so glad I picked it up. I laughed out loud and cried while reading it! I would recommend this book to anyone in 5th grade and up. 4th graders could enjoy the book, too- but there are some parts in the book that briefly talk about the school shooting that killed Caitlin’s brother and even though they are not very graphic it could make some kids worry. A great book for kids to read with an adult! If you know someone with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome then this is the perfect book for you to read. Don’t wait any longer- go out and get this book!
Has anyone else read Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine? Or another book by her?