''This book was inspired by the events at Virginia Tech as well as my own need to try to explain what it's like for a child to have Asperger's syndrome...I hope that readers will see that, by getting inside someone's head, really understanding that person, so many misunderstandings and problems can be avoided...[ones] that can lead to mounting frustration, and sometimes, even violence''(235)
-Empathy and Friendship -Death
-Autism Spectrum and Different Ways of Thinking
-Father and Daughter
-Empathy and Friendship
-Dealing with Tragedy
''It's what I'm trying to do every day to Deal With this difficult situation called life.''
''I'm NOT autisic. William H. is autistic''
''How do I get to the state of experiencing an emotional conclusion to a difficult life event?''
''Maybe we can make something good and strong and beautiful come out of this''
Mockingbird is about a ten-year-old girl named Caitlin who is dealing with Asperger's syndrome. After her brother Devon is killed in a school shooting, she loses her main support system, leaving her with a single father who doesn't always understand. Caitlin is then forced to move beyond her black and white world, that is filled with textbooks and dictionaries, to achieve a sense of Empathy. In this pursuit of Empathy, Caitlin works with and within her community, and with her father, to find Closure.
Asperger Syndrome Information
What are students doing?
Students Agiainst Violence Everywhere
How to get involved...
by Kathryn Erskine