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Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

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Nelle Harper Lee grew up in the rocky red soil of Monroeville, Alabama. From the get-go she was a spitfire. Unlike most girls at that time and place, Nelle preferred overalls to dresses and climbing trees to tea parties. Nelle loved to watch her daddy try cases in the courtroom. And she and her best friend, Tru, devoured books and wrote stories of their own. More than anything Nelle loved words.

This love eventually took her all the way to New York City, where she dreamed of becoming a writer. Any chance she had, Nelle sat at her typewriter, writing, revising, and chasing her dream. Nelle wouldn't give up — not until she discovered the right story, the one she was born to tell.

Finally, that story came to her, and Nelle, inspired by her childhood, penned To Kill a Mockingbird. A groundbreaking book about small-town injustice that has sold over forty million copies, Nelle's novel resonated with readers the world over, who, through reading, learned what it was like to climb into someone else's skin and walk around in it.

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"McGuire’s cinematic cartoons call to mind scenes from the To Kill a Mockingbird film — with her chestnut bob and overalls, Nelle readily resembles Mary Badham’s Scout. It’s an affectionate ode to a writer who 'carved out a life of her own design,' as Hegedus eloquently puts it." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Bethany Hegedus
Illustrator Erin McGuire
ISBN 0062456709
Publication Date Jan 23, 2018
Publisher Balzer + Bray
Language English