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by Kathryn Erskine

Caitlin is a bright fifth grader and a gifted artist. She also has Asperger's syndrome, and lives in a world of her own. Her brother, Devon, was the one who always helped her get by. But a middle-school shooting took his life. Now she has only her widowed father to rely on, and he has problems — and grief — of his own. Can a wise school counselor help Caitlin reach out to a world she's never understood? With Devon gone, will she have the courage to live fully on her own?

Caitlin's thought processes, including her own unique brand of logic, are the star of this breathtakingly original novel about the differences that make us who we are.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Realistic Fiction

About the Author

Kathryn Erskine Kathryn Erskine is the acclaimed author of many distinguished novels for young readers, including Mockingbird, winner of the National Book Award; The Absolute Value of Mike, an Amazon Best Book and ALA Notable Book; and Quaking, an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Kathryn lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband and two children.

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