I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

cover41523-mediumHow did I get the book?
Netgalley, thank you Roaring Brook Press

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: 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.

200words (or less) review: This is not related to the inside of the book, but isn’t that cover wonderful? It would instantly make me pick me up in a shop. It also sets the bar pretty high, such a beautiful cover needs a beautiful story.

I Kill the Mockingbird works well at blending Lucy’s fear over her mum, what the future brings, with a sense of adventure and fun. Having just been given the all clear following cancer treatment Lucy’s mum is home but Lucy can’t stop worrying. Something I certainly understand, you are waiting for the next thing to happen and if it doesn’t you think you’ve missed something. It’s stressful.

Inspired by a former teacher Lucy wants to make To Kill A Mockingbird a must read for her class. An idea that spirals.

Apart from the relationships within the story the thing that stuck with me the most is how inspiring and powerful books are. Paul Acampora gives you a story that is alive from the first page, an adventure you want to take part it.

I Kill the Mockingbird is a story about a true book-lovers, for book-lovers, and those yet to be converted.

Recommend it?


Expected publication:
May 20th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press

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