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In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth
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Jan 18, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: adventure, realistic, teen-books
Read from January 18 to 20, 2010

Erin's mother died when she was a baby, and Erin is deeply curious about the woman she knows so little about--especially since speaking of her mother seems to be taboo among her father and brothers. The only clues Erin has about who her mother was is a battered copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, which she has re-read so many times she can recite whole passages by heart.

Then the night before Erin's 16th birthday, her father gives her the journal her mother kept when she was 16. Through reading it, Erin learns that her mother (also an aspiring writer) wrote to Harper Lee, author of Mockingbird.

Thus, Erin is convinced this elusive author possesses the piece she needs to discover who her mother was--and she runs away to embark on a cross-country trip to try and meet the author for herslf and ask the all important question.

During her long journey, Erin meets and befriends several colorful characters, including an aging exotic dancer whose only wish is to get back in touch with the son she abandoned so many years ago, and a rejection-phobic man with a talent for developing computer games.

A very simple concept, but very well-written. Character development was fantastic. One of those rare books where, when you've turned the last page, you hate for them to be over. I'm so glad I picked this one up!
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