Monday, December 2, 2013

MMGM: Mockingbird by Kathryn Eskrine

Mockingbird by Kathryn Eskrine
Ages: 10 and up

Book Description (from Amazon) - Caitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon has died, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful. Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn't know how to do that. Then she comes across the word closure- and she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be black and white after all.

Why it is marvelous - The age range listed on Amazon is 10 and up, but I found this book because it is on the list of nominees for the WLMA Sasquatch Award. So I know a lot of younger kids are reading it this year, which may not be a bad thing. There are some mature topics as the main character's brother dies in a school shooting, but I think the underlying theme here is bringing to light differences in people and how they can be accepted despite those differences. Anyone can be a friend, and anyone can teach us how to be a better person if we are open to those things. Hopefully the kids reading this book have paid attention and have a little more compassion because they chose to pick it up.

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday (MMGM) was created by Shannon Messenger. To find other bloggers participating in MMGM go to her blog for a list of links.