|Alabama spitfire : the story of Harper Lee and to Kill a Mockingbird|
Author: Hegedus, Bethany
The inspiring true story of Nelle Harper Lee, the girl who grew up to write To Kill A Mockingbird.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 193893
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.70
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 72695
Kirkus Reviews (-) (10/15/17)
School Library Journal (01/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 K-Gr 2—Nelle Harper Lee discovered the power of words at a very young age: "Words had weight. Words held meaning." Growing up in her small Alabama town, Lee subverted traditional gender expectations and enjoyed reading, writing and watching her attorney father work. When a boy named Truman Capote, who grew up to become a famous author in his own right, temporarily moved into the house next door, the two became fast friends and spent time in her tree house creating stories on a typewriter her father gave them. Hegedus's picture book biography tells how Lee wrote a still much beloved novel by basing her main character, Atticus Finch, on her father and using people from her childhood as a source for other characters. Digital illustrations, created using Adobe Photoshop, admirably show Lee's experiences in Alabama and in New York City. A variety of visual perspectives and faces that portray emotions add much to this informational book of a prominent U.S. author. VERDICT Consider for picture book biography collections, especially where there is interest in To Kill a Mockingbird.—Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library, WI - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.