1. What is Connor’s real nightmare and why is he so ashamed of it? Why does the monster force Connor to tell it?
2. What lies do Connor and his mother tell each other during her illness? What lies do they tell themselves? Are they necessary? Why do those lies ultimately need to be replaced by the truth?
3. Why does Connor allow himself to be bullied by his classmate Harry? What does Harry understand about Connor that no one else does?
4. Connor O’Malley is often unsure about what separates the real from the imagined, and so is the reader. How does this book continually keep its readers off-balance? Why?
Summary of Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
In a nutshell: A girl on the autism spectrum reaches out past her own family’s tragedy to help others as she helps herself.
In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon is dead, and her father cries a lot. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of “closure” in the dictionary, she realizes that is what she and her father need. In her search for Closure, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white – the world is full of colors – messy and beautiful, and it is through this discovery that she embarks on a road which leads her to find both healing and closure.
Mockingbird won the 2010 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
LSA Middle School Book Club
Mockingbird Reading Schedule – Fall 2016
September 27th – Pass Out Books
September 28th – Discuss Chapters 1-3
October 12th – Discuss Chapters 4-10
October 26th – Discuss Chapters 11-20
November 9th – Discuss Chapters 21-30
November 30th – Discuss the rest – Chapters 31-39 & Author’s Comment
December 14th – Skype with author Kathyrn Erskine & Party