Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
This book has been cropping up in a lot of literature I've been reading lately, and then it was just announced it was the National Book Award winner, so I thought I would check out this juvenile, award-winning novel.
And, without even knowing it, read yet another piece of fiction featuring a school shooting. Caitlin is ten years old, and this novel is told from her perspective in the months following the death of her brother from a school shooting. Caitlin's mother is deceased, so it's just her and her father coping with their grief.
Oh, and Caitlin has Asperger's Syndrome, so that changes the tone and content of the story drastically.
I thought this was a well-done novel, really capturing Caitlin's frustration and the grief around the family, but I do wonder, since this book is for younger readers, whether they will fully grasp some of the Asperger's inclusions and references. By the same token, though, it might help them better understand a classmate or friend on the autism spectrum.
I'm glad I read this novel - at only a couple of hundred (juvenile) pages, it didn't take long at all.
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