By: Kathryn Erskine
Ages 9-12, 256 pages
Published by Puffin; Reprint edition (2011)

10-year-old Caitlin wasn’t like any one in her grade. For one she has Asperger’s syndrome which makes it hard for her to understand emotions and also her brother, Devon,  was shot in the heart and killed during violence that happened at school. Now her dad doesn’t even look at the chest he and Devon were making anymore because he can’t cope with his son’s death. Caitlin and Devon were like best friends. Devon helped Catlin to understand the world. When Devon died, Caitlin was heart-broken and lost. She really didn’t have friends so she was completely friendless when Devon was gone. Then the school psychiatrist, Mrs. Brook, decides to help Catlin make friends. Caitlin wasn’t very sure she wanted Mrs. Brook to help her but Mrs. Brook helped Catlin learn how to make and keep friends.

I liked this book because it talks about how emotions are important in understanding people with Asperger’s syndrome better. I know some people with Asperger’s and sensory integration disorders so I can relate to some of the things Catlin is going through. It really helped me understand about how someone with Asperger’s thinks. The book was an easy read for me. It talked a lot about relationships and loss. This book talks about Devon getting shot so it may be a little inappropriate for young readers. There were some funny parts of the book which helped to make it more enjoyable. I would recommend it to kids who want to learn more about Asperger’s Syndrome. This book won 2010 The National Book Award in
Young People’s Literature in 2010.

I give it three out of five book worms.

Categories: Age 12+, Age 9+

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2 replies

  1. A sixth grade teacher that I work closely with recommended this book to me, too. It’s on my to-read list.

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