Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Author Comments, Not Mock Newbery

I Kill the Mockingbird, by Paul Acampora

I Kill the MockingbirdSummary:  When best friends 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.

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4 thoughts on “I Kill the Mockingbird, by Paul Acampora

  1. The entire plot of this book was amazingly clever, in the way that it was about three kids trying to promote summer reading, specifically their dead teacher’s favorite book To Kill a Mocking Bird, when in reality it actually made me want to read that classic book for myself. Everything about this story at first glance may seem average: with kids’ acts becoming big news, a parent fighting cancer, a girl and a boy’s relationship changing, a summer of growing up, however, the way the author wrote it, everything seems truer, more genuine, and definitely more touching. Mostly I think this was because of the characters. All of them were different but in a realistic way with a few common interests and somewhat diverse personalities. Also, none of them acted or went through things that we could not connect with (except maybe hiding books all over the town to promote reading, but even that in a way made sense because of the characters characteristics). Despite the fact that the three were moving up to high school next year, none of them had that false teenager attitude many characters of that age seem to have and they still were kind and enjoyed doing fun things and had deep thoughts too. The writing style made me laugh out loud many times, being told in the perspective of Lucy, whose voice is so true but hilarious in the way she sees things. The setting was well done and created so it felt real and familiar. This book to me seemed to be bent towards promoting reading and it completed that task along with a few laughs and heartfelt moments along the way, but as for the most distinguished, I’m not quite sure it would be my choice. Definitely worth reading and I believe it would be enjoyed by many different ages, from maybe fourth or fifth grade to high school.

  2. Hi Krista,
    Thanks for the really thoughtful review of I Kill the Mockingbird. I’m really glad you enjoyed reading it! I had a lot of fun writing it too. I agree that the characters and situation are generally average. I think there’s a lot of stories to find and tell in our everyday lives. Thanks again and best wishes to everybody at the WCPL and the Eva Perry Mock Newbery club! — Paul

  3. This book is about Lucy, Elena, and Michael, who are trying to get everyone in their class to read To Kill a Mockingbird in a rather roundabout way. They hide copies of To Kill a Mockingbird all over their town to make people want to get it (because wanting what you can’t have is the American Way, as Lucy says in the book). Their plan goes viral on the Internet and suddenly people all over the country are hiding copies of the book like Lucy, Elena, and Michael did.
    The plot in this book is complex and funny, and, like Krista said, Lucy’s narration is hysterical. Although the book is about everyday life, the writing style still makes it very interesting.
    My favorite part of this book were the characters. They were three-dimensional and I could understand their motivations. They each had different personalities, quirks, and speaking styles, which made them more believable and realistic.
    I really enjoyed this book, and I think it may be a contender for at least a Mock Newbery Honor.

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