Published by Roaring Brook Press on 20 May 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Books & Libraries, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Emotions & Feelings, Espionage, Friendship, Middle Grade, Social Issues
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Place(s) Traveled To: West Grover, Connecticut (and surrounding towns)
First Line(s): My mother’s wheelchair doesn’t fit through the bathroom door, and I don’t know what to do about it.
I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora is the story of three friends who want to honor their teacher by creating buzz for his favorite book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Which is part of their summer reading but not all of their classmates are as excited for it. So these friends create a campaign that makes it seem like copies of To Kill a Mockingbird are being stolen and it quickly goes viral. And more importantly, the less copies that are available the more that people want to read this book. I Kill the Mockingbird is a quick read, engrossing, humorous, and a love letter to the written word. Its a powerful story of friendship and a great example of the what can be done when a group of people set their mind to something.
While I didn’t always agree with the things that Lucy and her friends did I must admit that I loved their initiative. I loved their drive and got sucked into their campaign. Its also an example of how powerful social media can be as what started off as a small and local thing quickly spread across the nation. The whole campaign quickly takes on a life of its own and Lucy and her friends must try to figure out a way to end things before it all gets impossibly out of control. This can lead to some great discussions with middle grade readers about proper and responsible use of the internet told in a way that’s easy to see and understand in Acampora’s book.
I Kill the Mockingbird is also a great coming-of-age story as the three friends learn so much about themselves and the power they have to invoke change in the world. I Kill the Mockingbird is a cute and quirky read and one that people of all ages can find something to love. Its a book that will make you remember the love you feel for To Kill a Mockingbird or make you want to pick up the book if you’ve never read it before. Its a book for book lovers and while it does seem a little forced at times I enjoyed my read of it. I liked Acampora’s quirky writing style and realistic characters and I look forward to reading more books by this author.