Kathryn Erskine is a Netherlands-born American writer of children's literature. She won the 2010 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her novel, Mockingbird.
This story takes place in Virginia where Caitlin brother Devon gets shot and killed in a shooting at Virginia Dare Middle School.
Caitlin - she is 11 years old and has Aspergers Syndrome. She loves to draw.Throughout her novel she is trying to find closure.
Caitlin's dad- He is trying to find closure along with Caitlin. he tries to help Caitlin with her asperger
Devon-Caitlin's older brother who died in the school shooting. He is the reason that Caitlin is looking for closure.
Mrs.Brook-The school counselor trying to help Caitlin with being more social and understanding with peoples feelings.
Michael-Caitlin's first friend who is also trying to find closure since his mother was a victim in the shooting along with Devon.
Caitlin's struggles with Aspergersa syndrome is the main conflict that lasts throughout the this novel. she has a hard time understanding other peoples emotions and only sees the world in black and white.
I think the theme of this novel is how the concept of "closure"can get people through grief. When Caitlin and her dad found closure with the chest, it really helped them realize the good things in life. For other people closure could be a great thing. You just need to find the right type of closure for you and your situation.
Rising Action- Character vs. Nature: when Caitlin's dad says they need Qarture-cut oak to finish Devon eagle scouts chest, she misinterprets and tried to cut wood from a oak tree with a quarter. resulting in her fingers getting all cut up.
climax- Caitlin finally figures how to fell empathy for people and being able to put herself in others peoples shoes, after finishing Devon's chest with her dad. After they finish the chest Caitlin sits there crying. but she realizes she isn't crying for herself, shes crying for Devon because he will never be able to see the finished chest.
Falling Action- There is a ceremony at the middle school were Devon was shot. The ceremony was for all who was taking in the shooting. Caitlin and her dad donated the finished eagle scout chest to the middle school for everyone the have closure. Caitlin brings the entire community to closure.
The mood of the story is sad because of the shooting at Virginia Dare Middle School.
Connection- Sandy Hook shooting at the elementary school.