The inspiring true story of Harper Lee, the girl who grew up to write To Kill a Mockingbird, from Bethany Hegedus and Erin McGuire. Perfect for fans of The Right Word and I Dissent.
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.
I have created 22 book extension activities.
Making Connections Before Reading (2 Activities)
Let’s Take a Picture Walk (2 Activities)
I Wonder… Formulating Questions
Comprehension Questions and Answer Key
Compare and Contrast Nelle and You
Compare and Contrast Nelle and Truman
Events of the Story
Main Character Portrait
All About Nelle
Making Connections Text to Self
Making Connections Text to Text
Making Connections Text to World
What do you think? Writing Activity
Publishing Her Novel (Step by Step)
3-2-1 Summarizing Activity
The Perfect Title
Cover Art (Design a New Cover)