Written by: Bethany Hegedus
Illustrated by: Erin McGuire
Number of Pages: 40
Age Range: 5-9
One of my absolute favorite books is To Kill A Mockingbird (I know, it sounds a little cliché but it’s true. It’s one of those rare books I’ll re-read every couple of years, interspersed with viewings of the equally fantastic movie version.)
This new picture book gives a brief biography of Harper Lee, the author of the classic book. Those familiar with the story will recognize scenes and characters taken from her actual life, which was the basis for the book. You’ll meet Truman Capote, her father Amasa, the citizens of Monroeville, Alabama, as well as a small cast of characters from New York City that help influence young Nelle and help bring Mockingbird to life.
Although she only published the one book during her lifetime, Harper Lee became an almost overnight sensation and then became shrouded in mystery as she shied more and more away from the spotlight. There’s a lot of controversy over her second book that some say was published without her consent and even more recently her will was made public which only added to the confusion of everything. But she’s a fabulously intriguing character and even those who’ve never read her books will appreciate her own story of perseverance and being true to herself.
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