Mockingbird (Erskine novel)
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Caitlin’s family and community has just been rocked by a terrible tragedy. Three people – two students and a teacher- were gunned down in a school shooting at Virginia Dare Middle School. One of the students was Caitlin’s brother Devon. A situation that is sad and awful is made even more difficult for Caitlin. She has Asperger’s syndrome which allows her to only see the world in very strict terms – in black and white. Caitlin has trouble processing her own feelings, her feelings about others and does not know how to reach her father. One day, after hearing a newscast about the shooting, she discovers the word Closure, and determines that closure is exactly what she and her father need. How will she and a grieving community find closure after something so horrible occurs?
Caitlin Smith: The narrator of the story, she is an artist with Asperger's, who enjoys drawing and her dictionary, and is trying to find a friend as well as closure.
Harold Smith: Caitlin's dad who is also trying to find closure and who helps Caitlin with her Asperger's syndrome.
Mrs. Brooks: The school counselor, who is trying to help Caitlin feel empathy and be more outgoing and social.
Michael Sniffer: Caitlin's first friend, and her best friend, who also wants to find closure. His mom, Roberta, is one of the victims in the shooting that kills Devon. He is also Josh's only true friend.
Josh: A boy who is one of the antagonists. Caitlin views him as evil because he is mean to other kids(his classmates are mean to him because his cousin took part in the school shooting). But the truth is Josh just doesn't want to be judged just because his cousin is a bad person.
Devon Smith: Caitlin's brother killed in the school shooting. Caitlin's former best friend also.
- "National Book Awards – 2010". National Book Foundation (NBF). Retrieved 2012-04-16.
(With acceptance speech by Erskine; interview, reading, and other material replicated for all five Young People's Literature authors and books.)
- "2010 National Book Award Winner, Young People's Literature" (November 17, 2010). NBF. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
(Acceptance speech by Erskine with some other material.)