It starts with a school shooting spree, and this tale of violence, grief and Asperger’s is one of the most powerful we’ve read. In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad; stuff in between is confusing. Caitlin’s big brother, Devon, always helped her make sense of the world. But now Devon is dead, killed in a high school shooting. Caitlin feels completely lost. She wants to move on, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome, she has no idea how. Until she reads the definition of ‘closure’. In her search for closure, Caitlin learns that not everything is black or white. The world is full of colours, both messy and beautiful…

“A lovely, important book.” Children’s Literature

“A strong and complex character study.” The Horn Book

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    Kathryn Erskine won the 2010 National Book Award for Mockingbird.

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