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To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most widely read novels in American literature. It's also a perennial favorite in highschool English classrooms across the nation. Yet onetime author Harper Lee is a mysterious figure who leads a very private life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, refusing to give interviews or talk about the novel that made her a household name. Lee's life is as rich as her fiction, from her girlhood as a rebellious tomboy to her days at the University of Alabama and early years as a struggling writer in New York City.
Charles J. Shields is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, which he has adapted here for younger readers.What emerges in this riveting portrait is the story of an unconventional, high-spirited woman who drew on her love of writing and her Southern home to create a book that continues to speak to new generations of readers. Anyone who has enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird will appreciate this glimpse into the life of its fascinating author.
I Am Scout is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
|Publisher:||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.31(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Lexile:||1120L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
CHARLES J. SHIELDS is the recipient of a Quill Award Nomination for Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. He has been a teacher, a reporter for public radio, and a journalist, and is the author of several nonfiction books for young readers. He and his wife reside in Barboursville, Virginia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is for people who love the novel. The casual fan may be lost on its nuances and anecdotes that fans of the novel will treasure. A must read for ELA teachers, especially those who teach the novel in their classrooms. The announcement of Go Set a Watchman motivated me to read I am Scout now.
I read this book just a few months after it was released and heard Mr. Shields speak in San Antonio in Fall, 2008. I'm a big fan of TKAM by Harper Lee and had always wanted to know more about her. Mr. Shields seemed to be very objective and thorough for Ms. Lee's biography. I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird as much as I!