One of the best things about reading is the way it invites us to enter into a character’s world and live inside it for a time, giving us new perspectives, and allowing us to realize the ways we’re more alike than different. These seven books feature characters on the autism spectrum and explore friendship, family, school, and fitting in; all the topics […]
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 was killed in a school shooting, 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 closureand she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be so black and white after all.
"A strong and complex character study."The Horn Book
"Allusions to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the portrayal of a whole community's healing process, and the sharp insights into Caitlyn's behavior enhance this fine addition to the recent group of books with narrators with autism and Asbergers."Booklist
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"[A] fine addition to the recent group of books with autistic narrators." --Booklist "A strong and complex character study." --Horn Book "This heartbreaking story is delivered in the straightforward, often funny voice of a fifth-grade girl with Asperger's Syndrome." --Kirkus, starred review "This is...a valuable book." --School Library Journal "Erskine works in powerful imagery throughout." --Publishers Weekly, starred review