Review: I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

Acampora, P. (2014). I kill the mockingbird. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press

Written by Paul Acampora
176 pages
Appropriate for ages 10-12 years
Available in hardcover, paperback and ebook

Three young kids decide to honour the death of their recently departed teacher, Mr Nowak, better known as “Fat Bob”. On their final day of middle school, Lucy and her best friends, Elena and Michael, were given a summer reading list. Lucy’s favourite is on the list. She also knows it was one of Fat Bob’s favourites. What transpires is an elaborate conspiracy to get all the kids reading To Kill a Mockingbird. But their plans gets a little carried away. It ends up on the local news and all over social media. Before they know it, people from all around the world are joining in #iKilltheMockingbird.

I Kill the Mockingbird is quick, funny and smart. The story is about friendship, first crushes and having a little adventure. It’s filled with witty dialogue, you’ll be laughing out loud at their antics. The chapter titles are strange, like ‘The Queen of England is in our bathroom’, that you’ll keep reading just to discover what it means. Going viral is so common that the attention from their use of social media is very realistic.

There author writes some really mature child-to-adult conversations, that touch on death, cancer, and christianity. But this book is about encouraging people to read, and to really think about what it is you’re reading.

This passion behind literature in this book is inspiring. I Kill the Mockingbird could be just the book to becoming an avid reader.

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