I Kill the Mockingbird

In YA Book Reviews on July 14, 2014 at 11:40 pm


by Paul Acampora

YA Realistic Fiction/©2014/ 163 Pages/Recommended Ages 10 and Up

Publisher’s Comments (Amazon)

When Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to see To Kill A Mockingbird included. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm. So they hatch a plot to get the entire town talking about the well-known Harper Lee classic. They plan controversial ways to get people to read the book, including re-shelving copies of the book in bookstores so that people think they are missing and starting a website committed to “destroying the mockingbird.” Their efforts are successful when all of the hullabaloo starts to direct more people to the book. But soon, their exploits start to spin out of control and they unwittingly start a mini revolution in the name of books.

My Comments: A gem of a book! The characters are charming, and the story is well written with a wealth of literary references and life’s lessons. There are many memorable scenes, especially the one where Lucy’s mother tries to convince her to stop worrying so much. Their are also some great conversations. The dialogue is masterful and quite often downright hilarious. I especially appreciated those conversations that involved thoughts about To Kill A Mockingbird. This is a quick read, but it is one that will stay with you.

My Rating:4/5 Stars

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