I Kill the Mockingbird

Paul Acampora

I Kill the Mockingbird
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I Kill the Mockingbird

Paul Acampora

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.


Surprising and funny things can happen when a literary classic enters the brave new world of social media. Lucy and her two best friends begin their summer holidays with an uninspiring reading list for school. Reminiscing about the only book their favourite teacher set for the summer before, they also lament his untimely death. To Kill a Mockingbird was the book and, as a long summer awaits them, the three friends hatch a plan to create a demand for it. As Lucy’s mum, who is recovering from cancer, says, ‘Life is good, death is a mystery, the bird needs work.’

Funny and wise, playful and touching, I Kill the Mockingbird is about how one story can make a difference but it is also about the power of friendship, remembering those gone and cherishing those still with us. I loved this book. I love that it is about an old story but sharing the love in a very contemporary way. For readers 10 and up.

Alexa Dretzke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Hawthorn.

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