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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.

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"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.

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A novel based on the real-life friendship of Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee.

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A fictionalized account of the real-life friendship of Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee.

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Long before they became famous writers, Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) were childhood friends in Monroeville, Alabama. This fictionalized account of their time together opens at the beginning of the Great Depression, when Tru is seven and Nelle is six. They love playing pirates, but they like playing Sherlock and Watson-style detectives the most. It’s their pursuit of a case of drugstore theft that lands the daring duo in real trouble. Humor and heartache intermingle in this lively look at two budding writers in the 1930s South.

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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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, November 10, 2014 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
When Lucy, Michael and their friend Elena are talking about how people don’t read as much as they used to, they come up with a plan to make Lucy’s favorite novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, red hot. The three of them reason that if they make it seem like the book is unavailable, people will want to read it. What they don’t figure in is how a little publicity combined with the Internet can quickly turn into a situation spiraling out of control.

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora is a tribute to readers everywhere. Lucy has plenty to worry about over the summer between 8th and 9th grade, including a mother who is recovering from cancer and the fact that she may be feeling like more than a friend to Michael. The plan she and her friends come up with to create buzz around Lucy’s favorite book starts out simply before it goes viral. By the time the three of them figure out how to end it, they have learned a lot about the value of honesty, relationships, and taking chances.

This is a great book for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 9 to 12 to read. It delves into issues of friendship, teens’ relationships with their parents and other adults in authority, religious faith, and the things we learn from reading books. I highly recommend it.

I checked out a copy of this book from my local library.
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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, November 10, 2014 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
When Lucy, Michael and their friend Elena are talking about how people don’t read as much as they used to, they come up with a plan to make Lucy’s favorite novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, red hot. The three of them reason that if they make it seem like the book is unavailable, people will want to read it. What they don’t figure in is how a little publicity combined with the Internet can quickly turn into a situation spiraling out of control.

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora is a tribute to readers everywhere. Lucy has plenty to worry about over the summer between 8th and 9th grade, including a mother who is recovering from cancer and the fact that she may be feeling like more than a friend to Michael. The plan she and her friends come up with to create buzz around Lucy’s favorite book starts out simply before it goes viral. By the time the three of them figure out how to end it, they have learned a lot about the value of honesty, relationships, and taking chances.

This is a great book for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 9 to 12 to read. It delves into issues of friendship, teens’ relationships with their parents and other adults in authority, religious faith, and the things we learn from reading books. I highly recommend it.

I checked out a copy of this book from my local library.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596437425
Author:
Acampora, Paul
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Author:
Neri, G.
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Social
Subject:
Issues/Friendship
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Truman Capote;Nelle Harper Lee;mystery;Alabama;Ku Klux Klan;Deep South;the Depre
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.625 x 5.1875 in
Age Level:
from 10 up to 14

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"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.
"Synopsis" by ,
A novel based on the real-life friendship of Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee.
"Synopsis" by ,
A fictionalized account of the real-life friendship of Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee.
"Synopsis" by ,
Long before they became famous writers, Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) were childhood friends in Monroeville, Alabama. This fictionalized account of their time together opens at the beginning of the Great Depression, when Tru is seven and Nelle is six. They love playing pirates, but they like playing Sherlock and Watson-style detectives the most. It’s their pursuit of a case of drugstore theft that lands the daring duo in real trouble. Humor and heartache intermingle in this lively look at two budding writers in the 1930s South.
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