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National Book Award Winner, 2010

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 18, 2010

Congratulations to Kathryn Erskine! She is the winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.


by Kathryn Erskine

Reading level: Ages 10-12

Hardcover: 235 pages

Publisher: Philomel; 1 edition (April 15, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: 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’s dead and Dad is no help at all. 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, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white–the world is full of colors–messy and beautiful.

Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • This book is very interesting. I always wanted to keep reading it. Never wanted to put it down. Its very touching!

    February 23, 2011

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