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In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth
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Aug 11, 08

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in August, 2008

Ellsworth, like Harper Lee, tells her first-person story very effectively. Erin is an engaging character and narrator, and I like that she realized she didn't need to meet Harper Lee in order for her journey to be complete. Her obsession with Mockingbird is totally understandable, given her parallels with Scout (Erin's mother died when she was a few weeks old), and her mother's love of the book. I appreciate some of Ellsworth's more subtle touches, like Erin's kitten being named Miss Maudie. However, even setting the novel in 1986 doesn't make some of the things Erin does (traveling alone from Minnesota to Alabama on a Greyhound in the middle of the night - you can take it from there) any less dangerous. While the people who help Erin all turn out to be OK, I feel like the book should carry a "do not attempt this at home" disclaimer.
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