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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-shelvingcopies of the book ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
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karen
…I realize that even though West Glover is not a very big place, there's an enormous amount of activity going on around me pretty much all the time. There's Little League games, literary terrorists, crazy families, cancer patients… and that's just at my house. The thought makes me laugh out loud.

this is a cute MG book about booknerds. i don't read a lot of MG, but i will when there are booknerds involved, like Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. in that book, the kids are trying to solve a mys
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Donalyn
My husband read this book out loud to me during a 5 hour road trip across West Texas. Because of this delightful book, I will always remember this trip.

We laughed out loud. We cried a little. An amazing book that reads like a love letter to book lovers of all ages.

Betsy
It’s probably fair to say that there is no American classic written with an adult audience in mind that is quite as beloved of children’s book authors as To Kill a Mockingbird. Just off the top of my head I can think of a fair number of middle grade books that directly reference it. Books like, Mockingbird, Also Known As Harper, Sure Signs of Crazy, and A Summer of Sundays, just to name a few. Taking it as a given that the book is a “classic” in the traditional sense, Paul Acampora works with a ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
I wish I had written this book.

When I saw the title and premise of this book, I knew I had to read it. It speaks to me as a seventh grader whose favorite book was To Kill a Mockingbird. It speaks to me as an eighth grade teacher whose cat is named after Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. It speaks to me as a former bookseller who loved enthusiastic young readers.

Lucy, Michael, and Elena are great characters who decide to make a classic American novel popular again in honor of their deceased tea
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Chelsea
An enjoyable slice of summer for tween book worms. The relationships between Acampora's characters, children and adults, are warm and sweet and make for engaging reading. These are meant to be smart kids and smart adults so the dialogue is witty and smooth, but unrealistic. This is a pretty squeaky clean world, despite one parent's battle with cancer and another having lost both parents as a baby. Fears about starting high school are expressed and quickly assuaged, a blossoming romance starts a ...more
Barb Middleton
Eighth graders Lucy, Elena, and Michael want to get people excited about reading their late teacher's favorite book and one on the summer reading list, "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee. It is the beginning of summer vacation and they hatch a conspiracy named, "I Kill the Mockingbird," where they make it hard to get the book by hiding them in bookstores and libraries; hence, limiting the supplies to the public.Then they setup a website and social media campaign inspiring others to do the sa ...more
Annette (booknerderie)
Hi friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. I spent the weekend holed up inside due to the yucky rain but hey! that's the best reading weather, right? I picked up this fun looking book based solely on the cover. Something about the title {intriguing, yes?} and the art that was just so appealing... Here are my brief thoughts on what was inside:


Despite the slow start, I thought I Kill the Mockingbird was super clever! You know you're reading a good book when the whole time you're going, "That'
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Claudia
I love literary characters, well-read characters who understand the power of books. Lucy and Elena and Michael are all bright, bright kids who know books. They're not at all intimidated by other 8th-going-into-9th graders who hate books. They get them. I love the fights over books...is Dickens a bore or a roller coaster ride? Is Twain an equal-opportunity-bufoon-maker? What about TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD? Is it worth its status as a classic?

The kids have been assigned to read a classic over the su
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April
I Kill The Mockingbird by Paul Acampora makes me love reading and want to read all the classics and want to go viral over something and desperately wish that it was based on a true story. Acampora’s book was the first book I read during the spring 2014 Dewey Readathon. Frankly, there is something to be said for reading a book in a single sitting. This was the perfect book to begin with because afterward, I wanted to pump my fist and tell everyone just how awesome books and reading and engaging w ...more
Sarah
As soon as I read this book's synopsis I knew I had to read it. After all, To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite novel of all time. Clearly, author Paul Acampora is of a similar mind.
Both the dialogue and story line are highly unrealistic. However, the book is a love letter to classic literature and familiar characters. The novel reads like a Who's Who? filled with title name dropping. As a bibliophile and Mockingbird aficionado I enjoyed this book. However, I am not sure young readers will feel
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Tamara
I would have loved I Kill the Mockingbird even if it didn't:
...revere Fat Bob, exceptional 8th grade English teacher
...mention both of my favorite books from middle school
...feature awesomely bookish characters
...privilege independent bookstores

But I also can't wait to share this dialogue with young writers:

“We will speak for the books."
"Like the Lorax?" When we were little, the Lorax was our favorite Dr. Seuss book.
"Exactly."
"The Lorax speaks for the trees," I remind her.
"Books are made out of
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Sarah Benko
The characters felt more like an adult's idealized version of teenagers than real kiddos. Sadly, this book did not ring true to me.
babyhippoface
Loved this book. Loved everything about it. It's clever and fresh, and it just made me happy.

Lucy, Elena, & Michael are my kind of kids. They reminded me of my daughters and their friends. They're good kids, funny, responsible, intelligent, sometimes silly or careless but great kids. They tease each other but are always kind, and they love To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my all-time favorite novels. How could I not love them?

As a librarian, one of my frustrations comes from watching kids igno
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Kathy Martin
There is nothing I like more than a well-written book about devoted readers. Lucy, Elena and Michael are in the summer before ninth grade. They are looking at their summer reading lists and finding that they have already ready most of them. They are also remembering their former English teacher who died of a heart attack at school. They know that he would only have assigned TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD for summer reading.

Despite having different feelings about MOCKINGBIRD, they come up with a plan to e
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Ms. Yingling
Lucy, whose mother is recuperating from a particularly tough battle with cancer, is leery of entering high school in the fall, but excited about the summer reading list she is given at the end of the year. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of her favorite books, and one that her former language arts teacher, "Fat Bob" Nowak, particularly loved. Mr. Nowak passed away due to a major heart attack, and Lucy is sad that To Kill the Mockingbird is one of the choices and not required by everyone. With her f ...more
Janet Frost
This book was a mixed bag for me. It was the story of three friends the summer before starting high school. They are assigned a summer reading list with one of the choices being "To Kill A Mockingbird".
Somehow, they decide to hype up demand for the book by making it appear to be disappearing. I had trouble buying into that part of the story. It just seemed to lose it's focus as the story went along.
I did however, really enjoy the characters and their summer of learning new things about themselv
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Dolores
4.5 stars -- I loved this charming little story more than my 4-star books, but it didn't quite have the polish of 5-star perfection.

The tween characters are clever, without ever seeming to be older than their true age - on the cusp of entering high school. I appreciate that this being a book about smart kids didn't mean that the adults had to be clueless morons. These kids' caretakers were supportive and the familial relationships felt genuine. I especially liked SPOILER: that while not "technic
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Mr. Acampora’s latest book is titled I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD (Roaring Brook Press (May 20, 2014)). The book is a middle grade novel about 3 friends and their school’s summer reading list. Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is on the list and was a favorite of the kid’s English teacher who suddenly passed away at the end of the school year. The friends hatch a plan to honor their teacher by getting everyone talking about and wanting to read the classic novel by making copies of the book scarce. As ...more
Bookaddict
As a teacher, I love to read YA books and recommend them to various students who I think will connect to or enjoy them. Every week, while visiting my town library, I take a spin through the teen room to see what catches my eye. The first thing I noticed about I Kill the Mockingbird is the cover. It appealed to me visually, but also caught my eye because my daughter loves birds. The next thing I noticed was the author. I loved Paul Acampora's book Defining Dulce and have recommended it to several ...more
Terri
As I look through the goodreads reviews for "I Kill the Mockingbird," I note that they are almost entirely from adult readers - most of whom are book nerds. For this one, I would really be interested in hearing what members of the intended audience have to say about the book. I am a devoted fan, and was a devoted teacher of, "To Kill a Mockingbird." So another homage to the book greatly pleases me. However, I am not sure teens will so easily buy in to it.

Lucy (the narrator), Elana, and Michael a
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Jenni Frencham
Acamopra, Paul. I Kill the Mockingbird. Roaring Brook Press, 2014.

Lucy, Elena, and Michael are all rising freshmen in a small town where their 8th grade English teacher will also be their freshman English teacher. She assigns a book list for summer reading, and Lucy is determined to get more of her classmates to read and love her favorite off of that list: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The trio create a scarcity of Lee's classic by relocating the book within bookstores and libraries in th
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Sally Kruger
Three friends attempt to honor their deceased teacher by encouraging people to read the famous classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Unhappy that their new English teacher is assigning a huge list for summer reading, Lucy, Elena, and Michael can think only about Fat Bob and his promise to make their only summer reading requirement TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. The book is already a favorite of Lucy's, and together they vow to make others aware of this excellent book.

They decide to use the economic concept of
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DaNae
My plan was to be more judicious in my stars this year and not throw out fives like wrapped candy in a parade. But with I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD it just can't be helped. This is so very much my favorite kind of book. Witty and enthusiastic characters, clever dialogue (but not outside the range of the character's age) and a diabolical caper. It is also a rare middle-grade book, sensibility wise, with older characters.
Kandace
Author
Paul Acampora

Publication Date
May 20, 2014
Synopsis
Everyone dies. Its a simple fact that Lucy is learning. When her favorite teacher died suddenly, Lucy and her friend's decided there is only one way to remember him: become literary terrorists.

High Points
Not too many years ago the quirky kids were only on the periphery, now those same kids are getting a lot more press. I loved Lucy and Elena, and although he tended to be a by-the-book type of guy, I even loved Micheal.
Low Points
I could h
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Liz Fothergill
First of all, thank you to net galley for providing this ARC and to Harper Lee for the inspiration for this bright, contemporary account of three rising ninth graders on a crusade to get the world fired up-literally as it turns out-about TKAM. Lucy, Elena, and Michael are three avid readers and close friends who have just received their summer reading list. Lucy adores TKAM and so did her former English teacher "Fat Bob" who died suddenly the previous year. The trio conceive a remarkably sophist ...more
Katy Noyes
A fantastic short story.

Lucy, Elena and Michael are middle school students, book lovers and best friends. Given their summer reading list before the holidays, they are saddened ghost so many classmates aren't impressed to see "To Kill a Mockingbird" on it and vow to do something to change their minds. Their plan? To make the book scarce and appealing by hiding all the copies in the state's bookshops and leaving 'I Kill the Mockingbird' flyers. Their scheme soon goes viral and becomes known worl
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Kelley
I laughed so many times while reading this book! I absolutely love the chapter titles, "Literary Terrorists Need Office Skills", for example.

Three kids receive their summer reading list from their 9th grade English teacher. They must choose four to read over the summer. Lucy is furious over the list because their teacher, Fat Bob, was going to make them read only "To Kill a Mockingbird" over the summer. Unfortunately, he died in the cafeteria on Halloween!

This is the story of how three (almost)
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Nikki
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

Lucy is a girl about to start high school who has a mother that just defeated cancer. Her life should be filled with joy, but she stills worries about her mother who she fears will relapse from not taking care of herself properly. Lucy doesn't want to lose the mother she just got.

As well as dealing with family problems, Lucy is starting to have feelings for her best friend Michael who she has been friends with for years. How can you risk a friendship that has be
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Brittany
I really enjoyed this book! I will admit that I didn't buy this one right away as I thought it was a little short to pay $20 for. However, after I read the first chapter in the bookstore, I just had to buy it! I thought the humor was very well written and I was just hooked right from the very beginning. It actually reminded me a little of the humor in Kurt Vonnegut's books, and let me just say that I love Kurt Vonnegut books.
The only sort of negative thing I have to say is that I wish this book
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Shilpa
I wasn’t going to post this until later in the month – after all, the book releases end of May. But then I realized today is Harper Lee’s birthday. So what better day to pay tribute to a writer that inspired a whole generation of readers, than to review a children’s book that reminds us of how powerfully Harper Lee’s writing continues to resonate with young minds.

Paul Acampora’s author of Defining Dulcie and Rachel Spinelli Punched Me In The Face, has written yet another outstanding book, I Kill
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