Written by Elana K. Arnold, Illustrated by Charles Santoso
Mockingjay may have been the book that almost everyone was reading and talking about this year, but the recently announced winner of the first big Children’s/YA lit. award of the year is Mockingbird (mok’ing-bûrd). Written by Kathryn Erskine, the middle grade novel joins a growing number of recent books told from the point of view of a child or teen character on the autistic spectrum.
Marcelo is looking forward to his coming summer job as caretaker of the therapy ponies at Paterson, a special school for children with disabilities which he himself has attended for years. He is an intelligent but sheltered teenager with a condition that places him on the Autism spectrum. However, Marcelo’s father, wanting him to gain …