Book review by Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Moving tale of girl whose brother died in school shooting.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 31 reviews

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age 8+

How would you cope with your best friend’s death?

The book “mockingbird”, by Kathryn Erskine was published in 2010. The story is based on a 5th grade girl named Caitlin. She has a special relationship with her brother but he is suddenly killed in a tragic shooting. She wishes she could just crawl into a dark hole and hide from the world. This book takes you on her journey through dealing with his death. This book has great closure. It shows the reader how a little girl slowly finds closure from her brother's sudden death. This book also teaches the reader to step inside of someone else's shoes. But, I think that this book could have been written to be more relatable to the reader. I think something that keeps a kid interested in a book is when they can personally relate to the character. This book didn’t have much of that. If you want a quick, “feel good” read, this is the book for you.

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age 9+

Beautiful story, beautiful message, fantastic read

I love this book! It is narrated by a girl with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically Asperger’s Syndrome. She is a bright girl who relied on her older brother in many ways, until the unthinkable happens and she can no longer look to him for help when she needs it the most. A great story of loss and family and the fact that difference shouldn’t separate us, but make us closer and stronger.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Book Details

  • Author: Kathryn Erskine
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Philomel
  • Publication date: April 15, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 235
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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