Kathryn Erskine

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0142417750

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Caitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon was killed in a school shooting, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful. Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn't know how to do that. Then she comes across the word closure--and she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be so black and white after all.

"Powerful."--Publishers Weekly

"A strong and complex character study."--The Horn Book

"Allusions to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the portrayal of a whole community's healing process, and the sharp insights into Caitlyn's behavior enhance this fine addition to the recent group of books with narrators with autism and Asbergers."--Booklist

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That’s two stickers now. You’re welcome. See? I’m good at Your Manners too. He giggles. They’re not MY manners. I know. They’re YOUR Manners. What? His Bambi eyes look smiley but also a little . . . something else . . . maybe confused? Everyone has to learn Your Manners, I explain. You’re silly! He giggles some more. Why are you laughing? Because they’re EVERYONE’S Manners! MY Manners are when I say please and thank you. YOUR Manners are when YOU say please and thank you. I Look At The

Closure. When the bell rings I stand there sucking my sleeve until I remember I have a maybe friend and I go find Michael. He’s on the jungle gym but comes over to me when I do our wave. Hi Caitlin. Do you know how to get to the state of experiencing an emotional conclusion to a difficult life event? What? Closure. Do you know how to get there? No. But I’ll ask my dad. He’s good at finding stuff. Really? My dad isn’t. Is your dad extra smart or something? He shrugs. I don’t know. He seems

Person hard so I write the letter even though I’m much better at drawing than writing and Mrs. Johnson should know that by now. Dear Mrs. Brook I’m sorry about your difficult sister and the babies who are still inside of her causing trouble. I hope they start behaving so you can come back soon. I will even practice my finesse and keep pace with you when we walk. And I promise I will be your friend. Scout’s honor. Caitlin Ann Smith. CHAPTER 22 DRAWINGS DAD SAYS WE’RE GOING TO A FUN raiser

colors blur together in art. How do you know where one ends and the other begins? I have to know exactly where I am in space. That’s why I draw in black and white. Mrs. Brook picks up one hand and runs a finger almost all the way to the end of the table. You’re around here. Very high functioning. Very smart. Very capable. William H. is on the other side, I say. William is farther along the line. Yes. I grip the edges of the table like Mrs. Brook and squinch my eyes at the tabletop and wonder

unusual for Emma not to talk. Never mind, I tell her. It’s too hard to explain. I’m not even sure I Get It myself. I get to see Michael on the playground and talk to him for the first time in what feels like a really long time. I tell him all about the chest Dad-oh and I are working on. He listens politely but his Bambi eyes are kind of fuzzy. What’s wrong? I ask him. I don’t Get It. So I describe the chest and exactly what we’re doing to it and how it’ll look when we’re finished. I

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