I picked up the book "Mockingbird" by Kathryn Erskine as I was browsing the books at the local library. I was initially in the "E" section looking for the next Janet Evanovich novel in the Stephanie Plum series, but instead fell upon this gem of a book. I judged it initially by the spine of the book, then by the cover (I know, how can you decide based on the spine of a book that you want to read it?!). It was a small book and had an interesting cover. While reading the blurb about the book, I decided that since the story was told from the point of view of a child with Asperger's, it was worth a read.
The story is told by Caitlin, a young, elementary school aged girl (at the junior level, for all my Ontario teacher friends) who has Asperger's. Everything that she is dealing with in her world are things that would be challenging for any child, let alone one who has difficulty understanding emotions and the fine lines between what is right and wrong. Caitlin's family consisted of herself, her father, and her brother, Devon - that is, until Devon was killed in a school shooting. Caitlin doesn't know how to deal with the loss of her brother, her dad is an emotional wreck, and she doesn't have Devon there to help her through it anymore. She decides that she needs to find "Closure" for herself and her father.
I really enjoyed reading "Mockingbird." It was a short, easy read, but I found it really gives you a good look into the life of someone with Asperger's. Similar to "the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime," (by Mark Haddon) the language in the book follows the thought processes of the child and really opens your eyes to the situations that some of these individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) deal with on a daily basis. Being an educator, I have learned a lot about ASD since doing my Bachelor of Education, but I find it's books like these that really help you put yourself in the shoes of someone else.
I would definitely recommend this book! Read something different and put yourself in someone else's situation. It won't take you long to motor through this book and I guarantee you will look at things a little differently after having read it.