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THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER and ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOVELS OF OUR TIME FOR YOUNG READERS

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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About the author

Kathryn Erskine spent many years as a lawyer before realizing that she’d rather write things that people might actually enjoy reading. She grew up mostly overseas and attended eight different schools, her favorite being the Hogwarts-type castle in Scotland. The faculty, of course, did not consist of wizards, although . . . how did the headmistress know that it was “the wee redhead” who led the campaign to free the mice from the biology lab? Erskine draws on her childhood—and her second childhood through her children—for her stories. She still loves to travel but nowadays most trips tend to be local, such as basketball and tennis courts, occasional emergency room visits, and the natural food store for very healthy organic chocolate with “life saving” flavonoids.
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Apr 15, 2010
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781101149317
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Features
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Parents
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Death & Dying
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Special Needs
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Kathryn Erskine
No mundo de Caitlin, tudo é preto e branco. Qualquer coisa entre um e outro dá uma baita sensação de recreio no estômago e a obriga a fazer bicho de pelúcia. É isso que seu irmão, Devon, sempre tentou explicar às pessoas. Mas agora, depois do dia em que a vida desmoronou, seu pai, devastado, chora muito sem saber ao certo como lidar com isso. Ela quer ajudar o pai - a si mesma e todos a sua volta -, mas, sendo uma menina de dez anos de idade, autista, portadora da Síndrome de Asperger, ela não sabe como captar o sentido. Caitlin, que não gosta de olhar para a pessoa nem que invadam seu espaço pessoal, se volta, então, para os livros e dicionários, que considera fáceis por estarem repletos de fatos, preto no branco. Após ler a definição da palavra desfecho, tem certeza de que é exatamente disso que ela e seu pai precisam. E Caitlin está determinada a consegui-lo. Seguindo o conselho do irmão, ela decide trabalhar nisso, o que a leva a descobrir que nem tudo é realmente preto e branco, afinal, o mundo é cheio de cores, confuso mas belo. Um livro sobre compreender uns aos outros, repleto de empatia, com um desfecho comovente e encantador que levará o leitor às lágrimas e dará aos jovens um precioso vislumbre do mundo todo especial dessa menina extraordinária. * VENCEDOR do National Book Award, 2010 * FINALISTA do Redbridge Children's Book Award (Reino Unido), 2012 * FINALISTA do UKLA Award (Associação Literária do Reino Unido), 2012 * VENCEDOR do International Reading Association Award, 2011 * VENCEDOR do Crystal Kite Award, 2011 * HONRA AO MÉRITO do Golden Kite Award, 2011 * VENCEDOR do Southern Independent Booksellers Award, 2011 * OBRA NOTÁVEL PARA CRIANÇAS da American Library Association's, 2011 * MELHOR ROMANCE PARA JOVENS da American Library Association's, 2011 * OBRA EXTRAORDINÁRIA no Bank Street Best Children's Books, 2011 * OBRA NOTÁVEL PARA CRIANÇAS E ADOLESCENTES, Capitol Choices, 2011 * VENCEDOR do Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, 2012
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