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I Kill the Mockingbirdby Paul Acampora
Three book-loving friends form a plan to make all the copies of one title — To Kill a Mockingbird — disappear, because naturally people will desire it more. But their experiment has unintended consequences. This small, wholly original wonder is a celebration of reading, friendship, and, ultimately, life.
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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.
"In this quick, witty novel, narrator Lucy and her bibliophile best friends Elena and Michael embark on a campaign of literary rebellion in an attempt to compel fellow students to read To Kill a Mockingbird over the summer. Their plan? Hide copies of Harper Lee's classic novel in local bookstores and libraries, which will promote a false sense of scarcity and increase demand. 'It's not stealing,' says Lucy in defense of the idea. 'It's shrinkage.' They also orchestrate an accompanying social media campaign, and before long the friends' brand of 'literary terrorism' has grown out of their control. Acampora (Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face) layers the novel with emotional nuance, as Lucy worries about her mother who recently beat cancer, and the friends contend with emerging romantic tension between Lucy and Michael. Strong characters bolster the narrative, including Elena's outspoken indie bookstore owner Uncle Mort. This strong novel stands on its own as a testament to the power of reverse psychology, but will resonate with fans of the original Mockingbird and maybe inspire a few to check it out. Ages 10 — 14. (May) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Paul Acampora is a avid reader, an enthusiastic dad, and a ferocious fan of being human. Paul lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two kids. Paul is a frequent contributor to the Scholastic Storyworks magazine. I Kill the Mockingbird is his third novel for young readers.
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