by: Kathryn Erskine

This is a sensitively-written story of the human heart's ability to repair itself from loss and tragedy and to reinvest in life. It was inspired by the 2007 campus shootings of 33 people at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. It answers the unspoken question that follows such a horrific event: what could be worse than this? In the story of Caitlin Smith, the answer is "a lot." Caitlin is a 10-year-old pre-adolescent with Asperger's Syndrome; her mother has died years before; her brother Devon is killed in a random shooting at his school, along with a teacher and another student. Already withdrawn and painfully shy, Caitlin is pushed to the very edge of insanity by the loss of her beloved brother. Her surviving father is practically paralyzed by his grief and pain, and often unavailable to Caitlin emotionally. The horrendously destructive effects of gun violence are rendered in heartbreaking detail and with real compassion.

Why read Mockingbird?

This is an extremely moving story about an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome whose older brother dies in a school shooting. This book focuses on the steps she takes to get closure. Author Kathryn Erskine pulls this emotional tale off wonderfully; it is sad, but sad in a way that I think gives the reader hope. This is an extremely inspirational book that will touch you in some way. What are you waiting on, go grab your copy today!

Author Kathryn Erskine

Kathryn Erskine is a Netherlands-born American writer of children's literature. She won the 2010 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her novel, Mockingbird. She up in Europe, Africa, Canada, and the United States, and was a lawyer before she figured out what she really wanted to be when she grew up—a writer! She gets her inspiration from the world around her as well as from personal experiences, including her childhood attending 8 different schools.She currently travels a fair amount, gives speeches, visits schools, etc. While also trying to keep up with her website in between. She says, "Writing time is precious" -- She is currently working on several novels: middle grade, young adult, and even adult, and some picture books.

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