Saturday, February 21, 2015

I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD by Paul Acampora.  Roaring Book Press, 2014.  176p.
ISBN 978-1596437425 hc. $16.99   Gr. 6-8   JUV FIC
"I Kill the Mockingbird" is a story about three friends whose love of literature sends them on a quest over summer break to remove all the copies of Harper Lee’s classic book, "To Kill a Mockingbird," from shelves at bookstores and libraries in their town, county and region. Their goal is to generate interest in the book out of respect for their recently deceased English teacher, Mr. Nowak, since they are pretty sure none of their classmates would read it otherwise.  Soon the “I Kill the Mockingbird” movement takes on a life of its own, and Lucy, along with Elena and Michael, might be the only ones who can stop it before others commit crime in the name of literacy. Because the best stories always have multiple subplots, Lucy is also dealing with a mom who's been battling cancer and the dilemma of falling in love with her childhood friend.  Middle schoolers will read the pages off this book.
Jeni Kilpela, Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

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