Editor’s note: This review was submitted by a library patron during the 2012 Adult Summer Reading program. We will periodically share the best of these reviews throughout the year. Many thanks to all of those who participated!
Simple, refreshing and different, “Mockingbird” by Kathryn Erskine was a meaningful page-turner about a 10-year-old girl who is not only confused at school because she has Asperger’s, but also just lost her brother Devon in a school shooting. It taught me that no matter who we are, we all need to grieve in our own way. Yet we all want to hide from the world and then try to make sense of things.
For Caitlyn that means looking up the word “closure” in her dictionary. She can’t get it just by reading words off a page, and she doesn’t want her dad to be sad. So begins her journey to find closure in an uncompleted [wooden] chest.
Three words or phrases that describe this book: eye-opening, clever, healing
You might want to pick this book up if: You are trying to understand how the mind of a special-needs child works, you are going through the grieving process or you just want to understand.