Mockingbird, By Julie Jensen, Directed by Tracy Callahan, March 28-April 5, 2014
Based on the 2010 National Book Awards book by the same name written by Kathryn Erskine.
Caitlin, a bright, talented 10-year-old girl with Asperger’s Syndrome, is trying to understand the world around her, especially how to make friends and fit in at school. She also has to deal with the tragic shooting death of her brother, who had been her main support, and the pain of her father, who seems lost in grief over the killing of his son. As is true with most people with Asperger’s, Caitlin is intelligent but “getting it,” that is, understanding emotion or interpreting social behavior is almost impossible. She has to use her intellect, the Facial Expressions Chart, and much verbalizing to herself to get it right. We hear the story through Caitlin’s mind, and it could not seem more real. Finally, with the help of her very understanding school counselor, the friendship of a younger boy, and the kindness of one of her classmates, she breaks through, and begins to understand empathy. As Caitlin starts to “get” compassion, she teaches those around her important lessons about acceptance and understanding.
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