Wow - what an AMAZING book, definitely on the top of my list. What makes this story so amazing is its honest, simple approach. We see the world through the eyes of Caitlin, a young girl struggling with Asperger's syndrome, and also coping with a tragedy that has struck her family, her school, and the whole community. And the author, Kathryn Erskine, does it in such a way that there's real insight into how someone with Asperger's syndrome perceives the world. There's understanding, and appreciation for not just the struggle that one goes through, but also the talent and intelligence behind what we see.
I don't know how Kathryn Erskine was able to connect with the inner monologue of Caitlin so precisely, but she does, and the result is absolutely amazing. .
Mockingbird is a National Book Award, and well-deserved. I highly recommend this book for all ages middle-grade and up.