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By Kathryn Erskine

THE nationwide publication AWARD WINNER and essentially the most vital NOVELS OF OUR TIME FOR younger READERS

Caitlin has Asperger's. the realm in line with her is black and white; whatever in among is complicated. earlier than, whilst issues acquired complicated, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for support. yet Devon was once killed in a college capturing, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he's simply no longer precious. Caitlin wishes every little thing to return to the best way issues have been, yet she does not understand how to do this. Then she comes around the note closure--and she realizes this can be what she wishes. And in her look for it, Caitlin discovers that the realm will not be so black and white after all.

"Powerful."--Publishers Weekly

"A powerful and complicated personality study."--The Horn Book

"Allusions to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the portrayal of an entire community's therapeutic technique, and the pointy insights into Caitlyn's habit increase this welcome boost to the new crew of books with narrators with autism and Asbergers."--Booklist

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Every body strikes other than me. Mrs. Johnson stands in entrance of my table. do you want support discovering a bunch? i've got a bunch. Who’s on your staff? Me. Who else? no one. I’m my very own staff. anyone laughs. I’d such as you to be in a true team. How approximately becoming a member of Emma and Brianna? No. extra young children snicker. Mrs. Johnson narrows her eyes and mouth at them yet turns again to me. Excuse me? No thanks. That’s one other decal for my YOUR MANNERS chart. every person laughs now. Mrs. Johnson takes a huge breath and we could it out. i need you to be a part of a gaggle. I stare at her arms. Do ? certain. I comprehend what she desires yet I additionally comprehend what i need. So will you return over and subscribe to them now? She doesn’t comprehend. I shake my head. No. Why now not? I sigh and check out to provide an explanation for it so she’ll Get It. i do know that’s what you will want yet it’s no longer what i would like. hello, says Mrs. Brook, you’re early. i do know. I advised Mrs. Johnson that yet she acknowledged it used to be time to work out you presently. She’s having hassle Getting It at the present time. Oh. Let’s discuss It. I clarify concerning the crew venture. Caitlin. whilst a instructor says she wishes you to do whatever that suggests you need to do it. It’s kind of like announcing you want to do it. good why didn’t she say that? It’s a pleasant approach of claiming it. No it’s now not. It’s a complicated means of claiming it. and he or she should still say PLEASE if she’s attempting to be great. could that experience helped? If she’d acknowledged please? perhaps. may still I percentage that along with her? Why don’t you enable me speak together with her in its place. And why don’t you need to do a gaggle venture with a few of the ladies? i will do a greater team undertaking via my very own self. I’m certain you are able to do an excellent venture yet there’s price in operating with a bunch. What’s the worth? Making associates. I have already got buddies. inform me approximately your pals. My Dictionary. television. computing device. Mrs. Brook shakes her head. I’m conversing approximately humans and studying the way to get besides others. i understand how. I go away them on my own. now not that method. yet that’s what they consistently inform me—Leave me by myself. Caitlin move away—so I’m listening. And I’m doing what they requested so I’m being great. Mrs. Brook’s head drops down and she or he squeezes her arms into fists. it may be tricky yet I’m going that can assist you. She appears to be like on the individual. Let’s take into consideration the kids on your classification. I stare on the Facial Expressions Chart. I begin stuffed-animaling it. Are you pondering? I already did. Who did you're thinking that of ? I’m deliberating those who smile much. That’s purported to suggest satisfied and great and pleasant. And which individuals have mad faces or cry much simply because that implies they’re unhappy. Or mad. Or scared. Or occasionally even chuffed and simply feeling emotional, Mrs. Brook says. See! That’s why feelings are evil and that i hate them! specially crying. I don’t Get It. giggling is less complicated to determine, she says. it always indicates that you’re chuffed. now not consistently. occasionally it indicates that you’re being suggest. That’s true—if a person is teasing or making enjoyable of somebody. whilst, I inform her, no longer if. She sighs. i guess it’s simply as challenging to determine feelings from giggling too. Now I’m brooding about Josh. Mrs. Brook does her turtle head jerk. Oh? Do you . . . like him? No.

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