Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I am Scout

I Am Scout by Charles J. Shields.

Shields, Charles. I Am Scout. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2008.

ISBN-10: 0805083340

ISBN-13: 978-0805083347


(Image Credit: Cape May County Library, Cape May Court House, NJ)

I Am Scout chronicles the life of Harper Lee, the author who penned the Pulitzer Prize winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird. The book describes how she was heavily influenced by the people and places in her childhood, and how she used them for the backdrop to her famous novel. Harper, whose real name was Nelle, was also a childhood friend of Truman Capote, another famous, and troubled, author. She was his “assistant” for most of his research about the Cutter family, who was brutally murdered in Kansas in 1959.

I Am Scout also explores many of the relationships Harper Lee had throughout her lifetime. Much of the book illustrates the Lee’s family dynamics, and how those relationships are found in To Kill a Mockingbird. The book also depicts how the book was later made into a movie in 1962, which won three Academy Awards.


American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults

Best Books for Young Adults-2009

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance for Best Nonfiction--2007