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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,563 ratings  ·  762 reviews
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 bo ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
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Cassandra Yes! I read this without having read To Kill A Mockingbird and it was still a splendid book. It did make be eventually get around to reading To Kill A…moreYes! I read this without having read To Kill A Mockingbird and it was still a splendid book. It did make be eventually get around to reading To Kill A Mockingbird though, and I would thoroughly recommend it!(less)
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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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Bill  Kerwin

It is strange how coincidences may haunt the life of a reader. I was going to write a review of this book yesterday, but then I heard of the death of Harper Lee, and suddenly I could no longer think of anything to say.

It is a fitting coincidence, for this likable Middle Grade tribute to Harper Lee's book has death--the pain of death that is past and the fear of death still to come--as one of its important themes. But it is also about summer reading lists, teenage love, the use and misuse of boo
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C.G. Drews
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh this was a gloriously witty, banterful, MOCKING BIRD MURDEROUS, book that I just absolutely adored. It's one of those books within books and seriously, if you geek out over books and authors THEN READ THIS. It was built for you.

It is Middle-Grade (the kids are on the brink of highschool) but I felt like everyone had quite a mature voice. And there's a LOT of sarcasm and witty banter...which I don't often find in MG?! And I wasn't irritated at the characters AT ALL, which just cements this as
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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.

Sarah Benko
Jul 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
The characters felt more like an adult's idealized version of teenagers than real kiddos. Sadly, this book did not ring true to me.
Darren
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
For me, the storytelling (and quality of writing) took off in the final third of the book. But by that point, I was scratching my head over a convoluted and borrowed-interest plot that seemed so thoroughly unreal, so designed to amuse adults (booksellers and librarians and social media marketers?), and (I hope this isn't really true) so manipulative about using To Kill a Mockingbird and Harper Lee without really giving a young reader any sense of what is truly wonderful about that novel. I Kill ...more
JonathanT
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
SO THIS WAS FUN. AND BOUNCY. AND WITTY. But it was also decidedly fluffy- there’s really not much of a point here. Three stars for a super creative concept and a few parts that made me laugh out loud. :D
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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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
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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Julie
Jun 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
In theory, the idea of a children's novel sparking interest in one of my favorite novels seemed creative and fresh, and book-nerdy in a good way. In practice, Acampora's I Kill the Mockingbird tried too hard to be too many things. The true message and motivation was almost immediately lost in the midst of an odd mixture of unnecessary supporting details and stories. Cancer, orphans, baseball, religion, bookstore economics, social media, and Wil Wheaton all detracted from what could have been a v ...more
Barb Middleton
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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Chelsea Couillard-Smith
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
Erin
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Even after a book club where almost no one liked the book and I hadn't finished, yet felt the need to defend even though I had some of the same reactions, I've finished it and still will defend the book for what it is. There was a line in the text that stood out to me after having the discussion...I'll paraphrase because I no longer have the book close by, but it said something to the effect that not all books need to be masterpieces and they aren't meant to be. I still believe my comparison to ...more
Beverly
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a light fun read to kick off my summer reading. The book does have some serious elements: we start of with the death of a teacher, Lucy's mom is recovering from cancer, and two out of the three best friends are realizing that they are bit more than friends. Those these add a bit of seriousness to the story, they are not overwhelming - it's as though they are just a bit of seasoning to the story.

I loved the way Acampora puts some excitement into assigned reading. When I was in school, I
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Janet Frost
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: tween
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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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
Tyler Jones
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ah, I wish there really was a place where kids cared so much about literature and adults were all enigmatically wise and had the best interests of children foremost in their minds. While it would be easy to be cynical about a book like this, I think there is something to be said for novels that don't present the world as it is, but what we wish it was.

But I'm just a big softie.
Flaminia
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hurry, dub
Aaahw this novel gave me all sorts of feelings.
It is witty, it is so funny - it literally made me grin from beginning to end - and it is so underrated. I don't think many people know this book, but it is toally woth reading.
It is labelled as middle grade reading , but I wouldn't say it is for middle grades. The characters are way too mature to be in middle school, they would be too mature to be in high school too, but I would have accepted that more.
This book is so much . Needless to sa
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babyhippoface
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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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Andrea Lorenz
Who doesn't want to pick up a book with this premise: three teens, about to enter high school, want to get their classmates excited about their summer reading list - especially To Kill a Mockingbird - so they start up a website "I Kill the Mockingbird," start hiding copies of the book in bookstores and libraries, and distribute radical flyers all over their little Connecticut town. Much to their surprise and delight, the movement takes off and gathers momentum. Soon I Kill the Mockingbird is get ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Claire
There was a lot that I liked about this, a couple of things that didn't really hang together, and one thing (with two instances) that I really didn't like.

Very, very, very nicely done:
-The family.
-The way Acampora handled faith/Christianity in this particular family.
-Dealing with the aftermath of cancer.
-Friendship
-Middle school romance
-representation of different types of families
-the character development, esp Lucy
-not messing with indie booksellers

Eh / Huh:
-the concept, and the way the
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Lisa
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love To Kill a Mockingbird. But, I just couldn't buy into the concept of this story as much as I tried, even if it was inspired by one of my all-time favorite books.

Three best friends/rising 9th graders decide to initiate an anonymous campaign to get people to read Harper Lee's classic by misplacing the copies among bookstore and library shelves, therefore making it appear that the books are mysteriously disappearing, therefore increasing the demand for---and hopefully the interest in reading-
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Chelsey
Apr 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
At least this book had the good sense to be short.

Lucy thinks everyone should read To Kill A Mockingbird. Why? Who knows. Her English teacher died halfway through the year. Is this related? Who can say. We're told twice that he had planned to assign TKAM over the summer, and 1000 times that he was very fat.

Lucy thinks none of her classmates will read TKAM. Why? Don't ask silly questions. She decides she and her friends can solve this problem by hiding every copy for sale in the state of Connecti
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Sarah
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Jane Drabkin
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I read the reviews and thought that I would like this book, but maybe my expectations were just too high. The tone was light and it was an easy read. However, Michael seemed too good to be true and he often sounded as if he was regurgitating an encyclopedia in an effort to move the plot. In theory he kept track of every book they hid, but since they split up when they entered bookstores and malls, his list only had a third of the books. It seemed even more improbable that these 8th graders had r ...more
Newport Librarians
I'm a book nerd, so I loved this book. Other book nerds will love this book. People that aren't HUGE readers will think it's cute and idealistic. Teens - I'm not sure. Teens that love books might love it - but teens looking for something to read because they have to or are just starting to get into books probably won't relate to the characters.

Three 8th graders (Lucy, Michael, and Elena) are enjoying their summer vacation before high school starts. But after a teachers death (and knowing about
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MacK
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This year I was up to my eyeballs in To Kill a Mockingbird. Knowing that it was more challenging than many of my 9th graders were ready for I put just about everything I had into making it easier to comprehend.

And I failed.

Which is why, I Kill the Mockingbird was such a good book for me to read as a follow up (loathe as I was to spend yet more time thinking about the Everest in my curriculum). A sweet and sincere companion piece to Harper Lee's classic, Acampora doesn't mince words, he is an inv
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“We will speak for the books."
...
"Like the Lorax?"
"The Lorax speaks for the trees," I remind her.
"Books are made out of paper. Paper is made out of trees."
"What about e-books?"
"We can speak for them too."
"Audiobooks?"
"Audiobooks speak for themselves." She grins. "Get it?”
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