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.
Description taken from Goodreads.
For avid middle school readers, this is the book. Growing up, I ended up reading a lot of classics between school and reading habits. Some of my favorites were FAHRENHEIT 451 and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, both of which are referenced heavily in this book. And it was glorious.
For literary nerds, I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD is the story they’ve been waiting for. It’s full of literary terms and allusions, and at the basis of it, there’s the fundamental question: How do I get people to read and appreciate the books I know and love?
Or, of course, start a revolution. An internet revolution, to be exact. I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD was definitely far-fetched, but a great concept that was fun to read. I really liked the friendship between Lucy, Elena and Michael as well as how it developed over time. I feel like this book could have been drawn out a little more to settle the pacing and the plot points, but all in all it was a great story and I would recommend it for any classical reads lover out there. 3.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 178