Published by Roaring Brook Press on May 20, 2014
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review consideration.
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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.
I Kill the Mockingbird is such a clever novel! Best friends Lucy, Elena, and Michael come up with an idea to honor the memory of Mr. Nowak, one of their favorite teachers: They want to get everyone to want to read To Kill a Mockingbird. You know how sometimes demand increases as supply decreases? Well, their campaign feeds upon that effect, and quickly becomes bigger than they ever imagined!
A backdrop to the novel is how Lucy and her family are dealing with the aftermath of her mother’s cancer scare: “Books carried us away. They’d definitely carried me through this past year.” This is handled in a positive but genuine way.
I usually make copious notes to myself as I read, but I was so involved in this short little book, and ripped through it so quickly, I made no notes at all! This is a fun, smart read with sweet characters who obviously care about each other deeply, and it is chock full of moments that will resonate with fellow book lovers.