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Tears sprung into my eyes by the end of the first short chapter, and I was hooked. Colours are too bright, too harsh for her. h�b```f``�f`e`�cg`@ ��0w��jfy&��L�LM��J���m]����*�䬱!�OqJh���H1��@I/ [T �QK'Ϣ�n�cr�P7P$Uc^fJd k���„S:�SU.��ѫ��-���4�0��P�� �� `pt��!����� b�����:��H��:PU��� H��@ ���P��X*��|�m ��F�w�� e.4j�dq�� ~AYу5�0G3� +_� And tying all this together is the quest for Closure, a word Caitlin spotted in the dictionary. 0000062538 00000 n Ages 8-12."

But did you ever think of what it would be like if you didn't learn these things? In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. 0000005217 00000 n

In the book Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, what is the theme? I WOULD DEFINETLY RECOMMEND IT!!! Grief/closure.

So not only is Caitlin left without her most trusted friend and big brother, she must learn how to deal with the way her father is now acting, the way others treat her in school, learning empathy, and most. Caitlin is 11 and lives with her father. 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. Caitlin marks time from ‘The Day Our Life Fell Apart.’ The day Devon died. Simply the best children's ficton I've read since I was a kid.

But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. From the very first page, I found myself totally enraptured by eleven year old Caitlin, who suffers from Asperger's and has just lost her brother to a school shooting. You're much luckier if you happen to have a group of close folks around you who can offer alternate takes on the books you read and critique. What complicates the process is Caitlin's Asperger's. The reader witnesses Caitlin developing empathy toward her shattered father, who can sit for hours speechless on the sofa staring off into space. Caitlin is 11 and lives with her father. I encouraged (then forced) her to write a reading response about it (because that was the requirement and because she wouldn’t discuss the book with me, though she was visibly ups. Lv 7. ''Scout'' is an amazing girl and I loved seeing her development through the story. Kids who read this will definitely come away with a greater understanding of how autistic people experience the world. In this process of healing, both father and daughter are transfigured spiritually. Her counselor arranges for her to spend recess with the younger kids. Her older brother Devon has just been killed, along with a teacher and another student, in a school shooting. Like “Even though I didn't think I'd like empathy it kind of creeps up on you and makes you feel all warm and glowy inside. As she begins to see and feel his shock and pain, she can identify the same feelings within herself. This book was written after the Virginia Tech school shootings, which is of course a very emotive subject. Any good themes? 0000014233 00000 n I don't think I want to go back to life without empathy.” ― Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird. The reader feels that Caitlin and her father will not only survive, but prevail over, their mutual losses. 0000022399 00000 n And some people fall in love with books about falling in love. Erskine draws directly and indirectly on To Kill a Mockingbird and riffs on its central theme. Caitlin discovers the words "empathy" and "closure", and determines that this is what she and her distraught father need. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine.

You can open and close books a million times and they stay the same. One of my sisters loved this, the other didn't like it. The horrendously destructive effects of gun violence are rendered in heartbreaking detail and with real compassion. Things at school are also challenging - she doesn't have many friends, the adults don't Get It when she talks to them, she doesn't like doing group assignments, and then there. It was a great experience reading the book. They are coming to terms with the tragic passing of her brother, Devon. It still gets me, every time. Thanks. This is a sensitively-written story of the human heart's ability to repair itself from loss and tragedy and to reinvest in life.

Common Sense Media found the book to be "sensitive, captivating, and, just put simply, a great read.

Kathryn Erskine's evocation of "Asperger thinking" is impressive and sensitively managed, but such narrowing of the focus reinforces the story's programmatic nature. 0000002465 00000 n

Ostracized by other 5th grade students already (because of her autism), Caitlin's role as the sister of a middle school boy killed in a school shooting only serves to make others more uncomfortable around her. For Caitlin's father, the primary issue becomes survival itself: how, and why, must he go on living after losing both his wife and son to premature death? 0000006609 00000 n How the characters——especially Caitlin Smith and her father——respond to these losses and carry on … To see what your friends thought of this book. I read. We see both Caitlin and Michael’s dads struggling to deal with the loss of family members, and consequently struggling to know how to behave around the family members that they have left. With the help of a school counselor and art teacher, although Caitlin is initially antagonistic, she is able to help her father, as well as Michael and the school bully, Josh, the shooter's cousin, to cope. I'm somewhere in between. <3. The main character and narrator is Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome and is a little like autistic Boo Radley, a misunderstood mockingbird. It could have done with more color." "Work At It is VERY hard. 0000001501 00000 n You're much luckier if you happen to have a group of close folks around you who can offer alternate takes on the books you read and critique. Things at school are also challenging - she doesn't have many friends, the adults don't Get It when she talks to them, she doesn't like doing group assignments, and then there is the wooden chest that Devon was supposed to make that lies unfinished in his room. They go together to the dedication ceremony for the people killed in the shooting) The art teacher there gives Caitlin a box of pastels. dizwar. Due to Caitlin's condition, she finds it difficult to cope with her feelings about what has happened. Touching and inspiring, if you're open to it there's no way you won't like it.

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What complicates the process is Caitlin's Asperger's. In the book Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, what is the theme? Some people fall in love.

Although an author's note links the novel with the 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech, this novel is not about violence as much as about the ways in which a wounded community heals. We’d love your help. “I don't think I'm going to like it at all. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. MOCKINGBIRD by Kathryn Erskine Mockingbird has several themes woven into its pages. 0000043581 00000 n Favorite Answer - how the psychological concept of "closure" helps people get through grief - … Refresh and try again.

This Study Guide consists of approximately 33 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - The issues presented are tough: violence in schools, death of a relative, and the search for Closure, all told through the eyes of a bright young protagonist with Asperger's, which makes the emotional impact of this story even greater. 0000007468 00000 n 0000021315 00000 n And no matter how many times you read that book the words and pictures don't change.

― Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird. 0000004891 00000 n They look the same. Relevance. It would make an excellent book club selection for 7th grade and up.

So incredible. 0000004238 00000 n It is so deep snd sensitive. My only quibble with the book is that Caitlin is described as having Asperger's and she seemed somewhat more impaired to me.

0000002768 00000 n She hears her father crying in the shower daily but doesn't know what can be done. Reason for Reading: I have Asperger's and when I saw a book that featured a female protagonist with Asperger's I was elated and HAD to read the book. Furthermore, she does not like when people touch her but tends to enjoy the pressure of wrapping her arms tight around herself in upsetting situations. In the story of Caitlin Smith, the answer is "a lot." The author says it was inspired by the 2007 campus shootings of 33 people at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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The main character is a 10-year-old girl with Asperger's syndrome named Caitlin Smith who is preoccupied with drawing and dictionaries. Folks draw battle lines in the sand an, Children's librarians read quite a few books for kids and the result is that we tend to want to discuss them with one another. 0000022747 00000 n Summary Of ' A Mockingbird ' By Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is a thought-provoking fiction novel about a young girl with autism who is trying to find her place in this world while also dealing with the after-effects of the death of her older brother. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. ", Children's librarians read quite a few books for kids and the result is that we tend to want to discuss them with one another. These events require intervention as she is typically unable to stop the behavior on her own. There's not much complexity in this tale; I though it needed more of that in a tale that is essentially about a mass murder, but this is a middle grades/YA text so the emphasis is naturally on empathy and healing.

Now, it doesn't happen every year but once in a while children's books (novels in particular) become divisive. 0000011584 00000 n Favorite Answer - how the psychological concept of "closure" helps people get through grief - how school violence can affect entire communities There is a whole other set of skills that most of us pick up naturally, not really having to consciously learn or practice them--the skill of recognizing when someone is angry, the skill of seeing that a friend is sad and offering them comfort.

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