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Mockingbird por Kathryn Erskine
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Mockingbird (edição 2011)

por Kathryn Erskine (Autor)

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Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.
Membro:MrsProulx
Título:Mockingbird
Autores:Kathryn Erskine (Autor)
Informação:Puffin Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
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A wonderful book! Two hard subjects to broach, so many moments of understanding and points of tenderness. ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Jul 18, 2021 |
This is an amazing story which captures what it is like to be a child on the autism spectrum. I work in special education, and my students love it. ( )
  AliciaBooks | Jul 13, 2021 |
This is such a beautiful story, and a worthy companion to Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, a favourite of mine which the central character refers to often.

Caitlin Smith is a ten year old girl with Asperger's who loses her elder brother to a school shooting before the book opens. The first person narration is honest, humorous in places and also heartbreakingly poignant - I actually teared up in places! I would never have chosen a book about a child on the spectrum but for the Mockingbird connection, but now I'm so glad that I did. I love her coping mechanisms, like preferring books and films to people, but also appreciated her struggle with emotions and empathy - Caitlin's view of the world is very literal, which adults struggle with and other children openly mock. I really felt for her when trying to make friends in the school cafeteria.

The characters are very similar to Lee's, which was a bonus for me - widowed father Harry is openly struggling to balance his deep grief over losing Devon, his son, with meeting Caitlin's very particular needs, and we learn from Caitlin what a calming and caring influence Devon was in her life. Finding 'Closure' in completing the Scouts project that Devon and his father were working on before his death is a beautiful touch.

I just can't recommend this short novel enough and I will definitely read the story again and again! ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Jun 18, 2021 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
2.5 stars
Oof, I have mixed feelings on this one. I picked this up because the protagonist is an autistic girl (though the term Aspergers is still used here as it was published before the DSM-V). As an autistic woman myself, I was very curious to see how well she'd be portrayed. I initially assumed this was written by an autistic author but when I started reading it, it was pretty clear it was written from a neurotypical point of view (it turns out the author's daughter is autistic and Caitlin was inspired by her).

It really bothered me that Caitlin's counsellor was so adamant to make Caitlin act more like neurotypicals by forcing her to make eye-contact, not to stim, to make friends when she didn't want to, etc. Though it was realistic - as neurotypicals tend to believe we need to fit in in order to be happy - it also enforced the notion that we can ignore autistic people's needs simply because they differ from the 'standard'. It hit really close to home, especially because the counsellor was portrayed as a nice person who has good intentions, when she mainly made Caitlin feel bad for being the way she is. I also really didn't like that Caitlin is illustrated as someone who lacks empathy - autistic people aren't inherently unempathetic, we just show our empathy differently, sometimes even because we're hyperempathetic. It's a common misconception and I wish a topic as sensitive to the autistic community as empathy was treated more carefully, especially as it is a major theme in the story.

Aside from my complaints, I did enjoy this story. It's concise, easy to read and deals with important issues, such as loss, grief and violence. I particularly resonated with the way Caitlin was treated by her classmates, as that was similar to my own experiences. I think the author did well on illustrating Caitlin as her own person, I just wish she would have consulted her daughter to make it more accurate, as this is written in first person. Still, the autistic representation isn't bad - it's actually heartwarming at times - it was just too stereotypical for my liking. ( )
  frtyfour | Jun 16, 2020 |
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