By Kathryn Erskine

By: Collin Kovnesky

Summary of Mockingbird

In the book Mockingbird the main character Caitlin is diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. A developmental disorder affecting ability to effectively socialize and communicate. During school she was struggling with what was happening around her. Her brother Devon was her biggest help. He was her "go to guy". Then one day at school there was a school shooting and Devon got struck by a bullet and passed away. That left Caitlin at a stand still. Now she had to turn to her teachers for help.

Recommendation of the book

If you are a reader that enjoys action, drama, and touching the hearts of others.. This is the perfect book for you. This book is great because of the events that happen so quickly that make u legitimately on the verge of falling off your chair. If you are a sweet and caring person and care about others around you, this will touch your heart and make you smile. This book contains of many sections that will warm your heart. This is an excellent read and many many people who have read this book will recommend that you read this book.
"Mockingbird" by Kathryn Erskine Book Trailer

Setting of the Novel

This book takes place in Virginia, at Virginia Dare Middle School. This is the place where Caitlin's brother Devon is struck by a bullet and killed. This is where also finishes elementary school.
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Book Reviews

Common Sense Media rates this book 5 out of 5 stars, and believes this book will be best for a 10 year old to read. They describe it as a very good book to show positive role models and shows a positive message for the kids.

"A wonderful portrayal of the struggles and person of an autistic individual"


This statement is basically telling people that Mockingbird is mostly for young children ages 10 and up. It is an excellent read and teaches children that becoming a positive role model is important and showing a positive message so in reality, kids can affect someones life forever with one move.

Comparison to Out of My Mind

Mockingbird is going to be compared with the novel Out of My Mind. Some similarities of these two books are that the main character has a symptom that has to deal with real life and have people at their school bullying them and making life hard for them. They also have many accomplishments in their lives. Both of the main characters have that one person who stands out from the rest to show affection and want to make them feel comfortable. Differences in this book are that the main characters have different symptoms and have different things happening in their lives. Melody (main character of Out of My Mind) is unable to move her legs so she is in a wheelchair, Caitlin (main character of Mockingbird) is able to walk, but cannot make sense of what is going around her. Caitlin's brother Devon, her biggest helper, died in a horrible school shooting. And melody didn't have any deaths in the family, but she had enemies at school that made her life terrible.

The better read in my perspective is... Out of My Mind. I chose this for the better read because it gives more interesting detail about what is going on in her life. It gives more fun events that make me keep wanting to read on. It is just a more enjoyable book in my opinion.

About the Author

Kathryn Erskine spent many years as a lawyer before realizing that she'd rather write things that people might actually enjoy reading.
She grew up mostly overseas and attended eight different schools, her favorite being the Hogwarts-type castle in Scotland.
The faculty, of course, did not consist of wizards, although... how did the headmistress know that it was the wee redhead who led the campaign to free the mice from the biology lab?
Erskine draws on her childhood and her second childhood through her children for her stories. She still loves to travel but nowadays most trips tend to be local, such as basketball and tennis courts, occasional emergency room visits, and the natural food store for very healthy organic chocolate.

Kathryn Erskine was born in the Netherlands, and lived in South Africa, Israel, Canada, and Scotland.

Kathryn now lives in Virginia and has a husband, two children, and a dog named Maxine.

She was a lawyer for many years before publishing her first novel.