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  1. This looks really good. They had lots of copies at the publisher’s book sale back in the fall, but I didn’t have any idea what it was about. Now I wish I’d picked one up.

    I had a student with Asperger’s Syndrome once. He had his struggles but was so gifted in some areas.

  2. I should read some of these. I would love to see the Grandin movie. I’d recommend her book Thinking in Pictures. It’s fascinating and quite inspirational.

    If you are interested in reading more from a person with autism or Asperger’s perspective, two I’d recommend are Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet and Look me in the Eye by John Elder Robison. Another good one is Send in the Idiots by Kamran Nazeer. (He is autistic and goes in search of four of his childhood classmates from a special school for autism. The title comes from a phrase one of the kids used to say over and over again in class.)

    All three books are fascinating insights into how the mind works and in particular how someone with autism sees the world. Reading them all also gave me an idea of how people with autism have similarities, but it’s interesting to see how all the authors are all quite different.

    • Amy

      Alice, Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve seen Look Me in the Eye at Target before and thought it looked interesting. I’ll definitely seek out some of these titles! I think you’d Luke the Temple Grandin movie.

  3. Great review! I love to read reviews of this book. I have Asperger’s myself and what I particularly like about this one is that it is written from a female perspective. As you’ve noticed, if you’ve read about/met one person on the spectrum, then you know about *one* person. There are so many “symptoms” that two people could be completely different from each other and females have a completely different presentation from males that it makes diagnoses in females usually come at the teen years rather than as a young child as for boys. Caitlin’s obsession with words is very typical of female aspies.

    Here’s my review from an aspie’s pov:
    http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2010/05/90-mockingbird-by-kathryn-erskine.html

  4. I really want to read this book–and have had it on my TBR list for a little while. Your review excites me even more–and scares me a little. It drives me nuts when authors ignore standard English in an effort to be edgy. At least this one has some way of distinguishing quotes. I once read a book that used no punctuation at all. Ever. Needless to say, I didn’t get very far into it. I keep thinking, “Really people, the conventions are there so that we can understand what you’re writing. When you ignore them, we can’t HEAR you.”

  5. juliet

    During the dedication,when Caitlin stood up after Mrs. Brooks told her ‘everyone wants to see you’,I was touched and teary eyed,my daughter asked me what’s wrong…it’s a good-feel book I would strongly recommend,but read it in one seating..please

  6. Great review! I loved Mockingbird and thought it was right on with the presentation of the character. I could see so much of my son in it – not the exact things of course, but his mannerisms and way of approaching things.

    Another amazing novel with an autistic central character is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and there is a good science fiction novel called Speed of Dark that raises some fascinating questions about adults with autism.

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