Possessing an absolute view of the world that categorizes everything as good or bad, Caitlin, an 11-year-old with Asperger's syndrome, relies on her older brother to explain in-between things until his death forces her to cope with confusing feelings and develop greater self-reliance. 20,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father. - (Baker & Taylor)

In Caitlin&#8217;s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That&#8217;s the stuff Caitlin&#8217;s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon&#8217;s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger&#8217;s, she doesn&#8217;t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white&#8212;the world is full of colors&#8212;messy and beautiful.<p>Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.<br><br><b>Praise for MOCKINGBIRD</b><br><br>* "Erskine works in powerful imagery throughout." --<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review<br><br>* "[A] fine addition to the recent group of books with autistic narrators." --<i>Booklist</i>, starred review<br><br>"A strong and complex character study." --<i>Horn Book</i><br><br>"This heartbreaking story is delivered in the straightforward, often funny voice of a fifth-grade girl with Asperger's Syndrome." --<i>Kirkus</i>, starred review<br><br>"This is...a valuable book." --<i>School Library Journal</i><br><br>"Fascinating characters." --<i>Los Angeles Times</i></p> - (Penguin Putnam)