By Kathryn Erskine

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 10 - 9Z3.636466
In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.

Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.


* "Erskine works in powerful imagery throughout." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "[A] fine addition to the recent group of books with autistic narrators." --Booklist, starred review

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

"This heartbreaking story is delivered in the straightforward, often funny voice of a fifth-grade girl with Asperger's Syndrome." --Kirkus, starred review

"This is...a valuable book." --School Library Journal

"Fascinating characters." --Los Angeles Times

Publisher: Usborne Books
ISBN-13: 9781409538585
ISBN-10: 1409538583
Published on 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 256

Book Reviews (35)

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I LOVE this book. It's very similar to the book The Thing About Jellyfish, which is my favorite book. I got this book at the library but am defiately going to buy it for myself

This another great book that I have tells a great story. I loved this book and everything about it.

Very funny but also kind of sad

I like this book very much it is good as 🍪🍪(cookies) one of the best book I have read.

I hear this is a really good book.

this book is beyond amazing!!! i love this book so much. it brings readers hearts and shows them how some people are different but that's there way of saying hello. Caitlyn takes somethings seriously and that's what makes her wonderful. you will learn that someone is only being held back from something that is hurting inside

I did not find Mockingbird interesting. I enjoy a book with happiness and adventure. I also like change and a nice climax in a book. If you agree, this is not the book for you. I found this book quite sad and depressing. I say this because through the entire length of the book Caitlin, the main character, is grieving the loss of her brother. There is little change in the character's everyday life and the story does not lead up any major event. In my opinion the book was boring (Updated about 3 minutes ago)

I rate this book 4/5 stars. The book is very intruging. Caitlins life was going good for her until tragedy struck. Her brother died in a school accident. Caitlin's is now confused then ever, all she can think about is Devon. Thoughts are rumbling in her head and doesn't know what to do with them. Until her counselor told her about closure. Now all she thinks about is finding this cure. Will she find it?

Confusing and weird at times but pretty good! It had a dream like quality, cuz the author didn't use quotation marks. Not sure if that is a good thing...

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