- “I Kill the Mockingbird” by Paul Acampora
- Middle-Grade Contemporary Fiction
- Read as an ebook
- 5/5 stars
- Finished May 17, 2016
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 am a huge sucker for Middle-Grade books, and I really really love TKAM. This book was the best of both and was also a book about books. Basically these three kids decide that they want to commit an act of “literary terrorism” after learning about supply and demand. They learn about how if you shelve a book in the wrong section they’re basically invisible in the store, so they start shelving ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in wrong locations intentionally to drive up demand and make people start talking about it.
If you remember loving “Frindle” or “The Landry News” this book is for you. I love watching kids take control and rising up, and I always wanted to do it myself. It’s a very quick read, very well written and extremely engaging. One of my best books of 2016.
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