By Kathryn Erskine
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Caitlin has Asperger's. the area based on her is black and white; something in among is complicated. sooner than, while issues received complicated, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for aid. yet Devon was once killed in a faculty capturing, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he's simply no longer worthy. Caitlin desires every little thing to return to the best way issues have been, yet she does not know the way to do this. Then she comes around the notice closure--and she realizes this is often what she wishes. And in her look for it, Caitlin discovers that the area will not be so black and white after all.
"A robust and complicated personality study."--The Horn Book
"Allusions to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the portrayal of an entire community's therapeutic technique, and the pointy insights into Caitlyn's habit improve this great addition to the hot workforce of books with narrators with autism and Asbergers."--Booklist
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When he’s being sneaky his lips move a different way. But when he’s being sneaky he’s doing it to be nice to me. That’s the Devon I want. Not the one who is floating around in the air. A loud country music song starts playing. It’s Mrs. Brook’s cell phone. She doesn’t answer. She’s using her Look At The Person behavior to look at me and I don’t like it. Also she’s not answering the phone. I can’t stand the cowboy song noise. If you don’t answer the phone you will MISS your call, I tell her. She answers but her eyes still Look At The Person while she talks on the phone.
I know how. I leave them alone. Not that way. But that’s what they always tell me—Leave me alone. Caitlin go away—so I’m listening. And I’m doing what they asked so I’m being nice. Mrs. Brook’s head drops down and she squeezes her hands into fists. It can be difficult but I’m going to help you. She Looks At The Person. Let’s think about the children in your class. I stare at the Facial Expressions Chart. I start stuffed-animaling it. Are you thinking? I already did. Who did you think of ? I’m thinking of people who smile a lot.
I still feel like a Fake Item Box that Mario is going to run over any minute now. I start sucking my shirt cuff that’s sticking out of my jacket sleeve. I see Josh pushing people off of the monkey bars again. He used to be in my class before he got put in the other fifth-grade room because Mrs. Brook says it’s better that way. I think so too. Josh used to be just loud but now he’s loud and evil. Dad says it’s because Josh’s cousin was one of the school shooters at Devon’s school. The one the police caught right away.
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine