Erin has never known her mother, who died when she was only a week old. Their only tangible connection is a worn, annotated and loved copy of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is Erin’s (and was her mother’s) favorite book. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, her father gives Erin her mother’s diary. She is furious at him for not sharing it earlier and intrigued that her mother also wanted to be a writer at her age. In a split second she decides to pack a bag and leave for Monroeville, Alabama, the hometown of Harper Lee.
The story follows her on this journey of uncertainty and is speckled with excerpts from the journal. She meets and befriends several unusual characters. Through this journey, she learns how to believe in herself and others, including her mother. Though parts of the novel seem undeveloped, I think it is illustrative of the emotions that the main character feels about her journey. I highly recommend it to anyone who has felt like they just needed to get away.
In Search of Mockingbird is a nominee for the Teens Top 10. To request it from the library, click here. If it’s your favorite, don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007.
Review by Michelle @ Wake Forest Library