To Kill a Mockingbird
A beautifully crafted graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved, Pulitzer prize–winning American classic."Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird."A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement.Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Gem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham.Enduring in vision, Harper Lee’s timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humor, unwavering honesty, and a tender, nostalgic beauty. Lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this special visual edition that joins the ranks of the graphic novel adaptations of A Wrinkle in Time and The Alchemist.

To Kill a Mockingbird Details

TitleTo Kill a Mockingbird
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherHarper
ISBN-139780062798213
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Classics, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

To Kill a Mockingbird Review

  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel is a 2018 Harper publication. I’m not going to review the plot of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, but will instead offer you a review of the graphic novel version of the beloved classic. I am new to the graphic novel category and am still getting my sea legs, so to speak, but I have discovered one of the best ways to acclimate myself is by reading familiar stories in the graphic novel format. So far, I am having a blast re-reading a few classics and having that e To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel is a 2018 Harper publication. I’m not going to review the plot of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, but will instead offer you a review of the graphic novel version of the beloved classic. I am new to the graphic novel category and am still getting my sea legs, so to speak, but I have discovered one of the best ways to acclimate myself is by reading familiar stories in the graphic novel format. So far, I am having a blast re-reading a few classics and having that experience enhanced by graphic art or drawings, depicting the scenes in the book. One of my initial concerns was for the respect of the material, especially when we are talking about one of the most cherished books ever written. I was equal parts skeptical and excited. I initially thought it was a cool idea, but, I worried that it might somehow reduce the impact of the story. However, the artwork is simply wonderful! Lovely and detailed, colorized illustrations capture the essence of the novel, and will appeal to anyone who loves the story, but will certainly entice younger readers to read this important story, without thinking of it as homework. I soon forgot my skepticism and reacquainted myself with this story all over again, enjoying it anew in a fresh and revitalized way.There are many ways to enjoy stories and every one of them are valid and useful. Graphic novels are one more way to enjoy books and I’m very pleased to have discovered, and approached it with an open mind, this format, which gives me an even deeper appreciation for classic or familiar stories, but also brings new and imaginative ones to my attention, broadening my scope of learning and entertainment.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    To my surprise, I’ve actually rated this higher than Harper Lee’s original; I’d attribute that to the fact that I read the novel in high school and haven’t reread it since then, so I tend to associate it with boring essay assignments and a sense of duty. I’m also surprised by how little I remembered of the plot from the book or the Gregory Peck movie, such that there were a few moments here that actually made me gasp. Fordham’s version is highly faithful, including plenty of direct quotes from t To my surprise, I’ve actually rated this higher than Harper Lee’s original; I’d attribute that to the fact that I read the novel in high school and haven’t reread it since then, so I tend to associate it with boring essay assignments and a sense of duty. I’m also surprised by how little I remembered of the plot from the book or the Gregory Peck movie, such that there were a few moments here that actually made me gasp. Fordham’s version is highly faithful, including plenty of direct quotes from the book, and the artwork is very effective. My only gripe would be that I think Scout looks a bit too old at times, more of a preteen than a tomboy. Look out for the mockingbird on the fence on three pages. (What do you want to bet high school students will start reading this instead of the full novel?! In all honesty, if it gets them engaged in the story and characters in a way they wouldn’t be otherwise, that’s no bad thing in my opinion.)A favorite line: (Atticus to Scout) “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”
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  • Tucker (The Library Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    I really, really enjoyed this! I loved the original book and it was so so cool to see it as a graphic novel. The drawings are amazing and the color is perfect. The story is just as funny and great as it was originally.View my review of To Kill A Mockingbird hereThank you so much Harper Collins for an Advanced Reader's Copy!
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic novel is a perfect complement and homage to the novel, and much closer to the original manuscript than the classic film. It is in no way a replacement, but an adaptation that should make both English teachers and students very happy.For the full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/10/30/to...For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    To Kill A Mockingbird should need no introduction.  It is an American classic and arguably the most important work in American literature in the 20th century.I was thrilled to learn that it was being adapted into a graphic novel, which could make the story more accessible to young readers by combining visual art and language to share this enduring story.The story of a black man wrongly accused of a crime by a white woman in the Deep South of the 1930's and the neighborhood legend of a man named To Kill A Mockingbird should need no introduction.  It is an American classic and arguably the most important work in American literature in the 20th century.I was thrilled to learn that it was being adapted into a graphic novel, which could make the story more accessible to young readers by combining visual art and language to share this enduring story.The story of a black man wrongly accused of a crime by a white woman in the Deep South of the 1930's and the neighborhood legend of a man named Boo who never leaves his house are both compelling pieces of the tale surrounding the Finch family.  With the perfect innocence of childhood, Scout and Jem Finch navigate their small town of Maycomb that is starkly divided by race and class.  While most adults seem to believe these are complicated topics, Scout and Jem are learning right and wrong from their father, Atticus Finch, who has a wise way of imparting his values and beliefs without imposing them on his children.To Kill A Mockingbird is a frequently challenged or banned book due to its content and language.  For me, it is an accurate and heartbreaking portrayal of a time period in the American South told with unflinching honesty through the innocence of a child.  It is timeless story that explores the complexities of human nature and the brutal injustices in our history.To Kill A Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel is an excellent adaptation that remains true to the story by faithfully following the plot of the novel (though obviously a condensed version) with many direct quotes and bright, emotive illustrations.  This is a perfect way to introduce young people to Harper Lee's classic novel and hopefully capture their hearts and minds and open a discussion on the many heavy but necessary subjects tackled in the story.Many thanks to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review.  To Kill A Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel is scheduled for release on October 30, 2018.For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    I'm just going to discuss the adaptation as a graphic novel, because hopefully by now, you've all read it. (If not, please read it. It's amazing.)I'm not really a huge fan of graphic novels, although I've tried to be. There are great ones, and there are a bunch that I've loved, but by and large, I prefer books with prose and without pictures. I was also incredibly skeptical about the need to release arguably the greatest American novel as a graphic novel. It doesn't need a gimmick to get people I'm just going to discuss the adaptation as a graphic novel, because hopefully by now, you've all read it. (If not, please read it. It's amazing.)I'm not really a huge fan of graphic novels, although I've tried to be. There are great ones, and there are a bunch that I've loved, but by and large, I prefer books with prose and without pictures. I was also incredibly skeptical about the need to release arguably the greatest American novel as a graphic novel. It doesn't need a gimmick to get people to read it; it's phenomenal by itself.I said that to say this: This adaptation is fantastic. The illustrations are sharp and everyone looks as they're described in the novel. (Which is to say that no, Atticus doesn't really look like Gregory Peck.)This is a fantastic version and if you know someone who hasn't read TKAM, this could be a good gateway. I think a lot of people may be uneasy about reading something that seems like homework if that's all they know about it. Graphic novels are a lot less intimidating. (I don't mean that to sound snobby and yes, I know there are a lot of excellent graphic novels.)Highly recommended in any form.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very lovely adaptation of Harper Lee's novel. The colors and art are best when it's not dark (i.e. the walk home after the Maycomb pageant as a ham was really murky). There are some sections where certain angles or characters owe a huge debt to the TKAM movie.What I found missing was all the "local color" that comes through in Scout's internal monologue about Maycomb and all its goings on, good and bad. It gets shoe-horned in rather awkwardly at times when it's not cut entirely (like, This is a very lovely adaptation of Harper Lee's novel. The colors and art are best when it's not dark (i.e. the walk home after the Maycomb pageant as a ham was really murky). There are some sections where certain angles or characters owe a huge debt to the TKAM movie.What I found missing was all the "local color" that comes through in Scout's internal monologue about Maycomb and all its goings on, good and bad. It gets shoe-horned in rather awkwardly at times when it's not cut entirely (like, where is the little tidbit that Dill's shirt and pants buttoned together?).
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  • Linda Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    This is a passable adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Admittedly TKAM is my favorite book of all time so at first I was distracted and dismayed by the graphic novel as so much of Lee's beautiful writing was truncated and changed to fit the format. I thought the part with the trial of Tom Robinson was well done however, and if this is the only way some people will be introduced to this story it has a great value just for that.
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  • DEHAN
    January 1, 1970
    এইটা একটা পিচচি রে নিয়া কাহিনী । বই পড়ি নাই কিনতু চলচচিতর দেখেছিলাম, ভালোই লাগছিলো। পিচচিটার মা থাকে না শুধু বাপ আর বড় ভাই থাকে। ওদের এলাকায় একটা বাড়ি নিয়ে ওদের মধযে অনেক গুজব চালু ছিলো। সবাই ভাবতো ওখানে এমন একজন থাকে যিনি মানুষ খুন করেছিলো। এদিকে আবার পিচচির বাপ যিনি পেশায় একজন উকিল থাকেন তিনি একজন নিগরোর পকষ হয়ে লড়তে গেলে তাঁর সবজাতিরা তাঁর উপর অনেক চটে যায় ...এভাবেই এগুতে থাকে এইটা একটা পিচ্চি রে নিয়া কাহিনী । বই পড়ি নাই কিন্তু চলচ্চিত্র দেখেছিলাম, ভালোই লাগছিলো। পিচ্চিটার মা থাকে না শুধু বাপ আর বড় ভাই থাকে। ওদের এলাকায় একটা বাড়ি নিয়ে ওদের মধ্যে অনেক গুজব চালু ছিলো। সবাই ভাবতো ওখানে এমন একজন থাকে যিনি মানুষ খুন করেছিলো। এদিকে আবার পিচ্চির বাপ যিনি পেশায় একজন উকিল থাকেন তিনি একজন নিগ্রোর পক্ষ হয়ে লড়তে গেলে তাঁর স্বজাতিরা তাঁর উপর অনেক চটে যায় ...এভাবেই এগুতে থাকে
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great adaptation. It's been over 10 years since I've revisited this story, and I did not enjoy it in high school. It's nice to find myself more than enjoying it now.
  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    A Laudable EffortWe have the book, in almost every iteration and form you could imagine. We have the movie. The book is routinely honored as America's favorite. The movie is always on top-ten lists and features Gregory Peck in the role he was born to play. Heck, even Elmer Bernstein's score for the movie ranks 17th on the alltime AFI movie score list. So, do we need a graphic novel version?Well, sure. It's not essential, and this version didn't add anything new to the experience for me, but if i A Laudable EffortWe have the book, in almost every iteration and form you could imagine. We have the movie. The book is routinely honored as America's favorite. The movie is always on top-ten lists and features Gregory Peck in the role he was born to play. Heck, even Elmer Bernstein's score for the movie ranks 17th on the alltime AFI movie score list. So, do we need a graphic novel version?Well, sure. It's not essential, and this version didn't add anything new to the experience for me, but if it makes the novel available and accessible to even one more reader, then it seems to me that that is enough to make it worthwhile.The author has wisely decided to stick closely to the book and to avoid any impulse to modify, "improve", modernize, or otherwise edit or change the story. Almost all of the character dialogue is taken directly from the book. As you might expect there is a good deal of narration, and that is faithful to the book and appears in the margins of the panels. This novel includes a few scenes and events that did not appear in the movie, but as a practical matter it reads and feels like an illustrated script or a detailed storyboard from the movie.But that begs the main question - what does the graphic illustration add? That is the big question and will probably give rise to the greatest variation in responses. The color palette is mostly soft pastels, which is fine for establishing scenes but drains much of the energy from dramatic scenes. The pencils and inks are very restrained, detail is minimal, and often the panels feel empty and the characters appear vague. Scout is always recognizable, but Jem and Dill and Cecil and Walter are often hard to tell apart. Atticus is sometimes a strong presence and sometimes very bland and generic looking. Boo is a disappointment and makes almost no visual impact in his scenes, especially in the dramatic conclusion.My bottom line was that this was a good and faithful graphic interpretation. It had its moments, and grew in strength and power as it proceeded. It would be nice if it helped younger readers into the story, but I'm not convinced it would hold a younger reader's interest or have a strong effect if that reader hadn't already read the book or seen the movie.(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this graphic novel by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.Today's post is on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as adapted and Illustrated by Fred Fordham. It is 288 pages long and is published by Harper Collins. The cover is a picture of Scout from behind looking at her father and Tom Robinson. The intended reader is someone who likes graphic novels, classic novels, and time tested stories. There is very foul language, talk of rape, and violence in this novel. I was given a copy of this graphic novel by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.Today's post is on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as adapted and Illustrated by Fred Fordham. It is 288 pages long and is published by Harper Collins. The cover is a picture of Scout from behind looking at her father and Tom Robinson. The intended reader is someone who likes graphic novels, classic novels, and time tested stories. There is very foul language, talk of rape, and violence in this novel. The story is told from third person close of Scout, the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.From the back of the book- A beautifully crafted graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved, Pulitzer prize–winning American classic."Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird."A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement.Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Gem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham.Review- A wonderful adaptation of a classic that adds to the story. Fordham takes a very hard story and gives it new life for a new, younger audience in this graphic novel adaptation. He does not change any of the language, so we read the very hard, very cruel words of 1930's Alabama. He does not change the tragic outcome, with his illustrations he makes the cruelty even more clear with the characters faces and the shock of the ending not lost in translation. By sticking so close to the original story Fordham really brings this tragic tale into the modern reader's hands. The art style is good without being too intricate and that would not have worked with this story and the characters in it. This is a great way to get reluctant readers to try this story and experience it for themselves.I give this book a Five out of Five stars.
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  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    January 1, 1970
    Happy publication day to this gem! For fans of the original Harper Lee classic, this graphic novel adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham will not disappoint!This adaptation stays true to Lee’s text, including some of the most often quoted excerpts. My main interest in this pertained to how the artwork would be used to compliment Lee’s original narrative and prose (which Fordham notes he stays quite true too). I found some of the earlier artwork didn’t convey as much depth as the latter part of Happy publication day to this gem! For fans of the original Harper Lee classic, this graphic novel adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham will not disappoint!This adaptation stays true to Lee’s text, including some of the most often quoted excerpts. My main interest in this pertained to how the artwork would be used to compliment Lee’s original narrative and prose (which Fordham notes he stays quite true too). I found some of the earlier artwork didn’t convey as much depth as the latter part of the book did. For me, the real beauty of the adaptation came through in those difficult final scenes - the court scene particularly was so wonderfully done, both Atticus addressing the jury in closing and then Tom’s reaction to the verdict. The movement between angles and the cinematic feel to it were cleverly done and really highlighted the emotion of those scenes.I enjoyed this adaptation and thought it did justice to the original Southern classic. While I still don’t think anything can replace Lee’s prose, this is a welcome companion read, and I think would be fascinating to include alongside the original on a school syllabus! Thanks to @harperbooks @jenmurfee for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jael
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure how I made it through grade school, undergrad, and graduate school without reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. . .but I did! I'm pretty sure it was assigned once as summer reading in eighth or ninth grade, but I'm also pretty sure I pretended to read it. I wasn't as into reading then as I am now. When the opportunity presented itself to review the graphic novel adaptation, by Fred Fordham, I jumped at the chance.This is one of those classic books that I feel out of the loop I'm not sure how I made it through grade school, undergrad, and graduate school without reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. . .but I did! I'm pretty sure it was assigned once as summer reading in eighth or ninth grade, but I'm also pretty sure I pretended to read it. I wasn't as into reading then as I am now. When the opportunity presented itself to review the graphic novel adaptation, by Fred Fordham, I jumped at the chance.This is one of those classic books that I feel out of the loop on. I know the basic story. Scout's father, Atticus Finch, defends a black man against a rape charge in the deep south during the 1930s. And that's all I knew. I'm not going to rehash all of the details of this book because I think that's been done for decades. I'm just going to focus on my thoughts on the overall story and the illustrations. Read the rest of my review at: http://asiturnthepages.blogspot.com/2...
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  • Erikka
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely gorgeous. TKAM is one of my top five favorite books of all time and this graphic novel brings it to life in a way that only Gregory Peck has before. English teachers, you must have a copy of this on hand. What a brilliant tool for children with comprehension issues or English as a second language. The artwork is glorious, the story is complete but with the physical descriptions removed (obviously), and the characters are perfectly rendered in a way that really aids understanding. I wa Absolutely gorgeous. TKAM is one of my top five favorite books of all time and this graphic novel brings it to life in a way that only Gregory Peck has before. English teachers, you must have a copy of this on hand. What a brilliant tool for children with comprehension issues or English as a second language. The artwork is glorious, the story is complete but with the physical descriptions removed (obviously), and the characters are perfectly rendered in a way that really aids understanding. I was especially taken aback by the pale, monochrome depiction of Boo Radley. He looked ghostly and it was simply perfect. If you love TKAM as much as I do, do yourself a favor and read this. It's just wonderful.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    "To Kill a Mockingbird" is an American classic which has won numerous awards, and was most recently voted #1 in the PBS "Great American Read". Some believe Atticus Finch, the Southern lawyer profiled by his daughter Scout, to be the inspiration for many whites' embracing of the civil rights movement.This graphic novel faithfully follows the book, including language which some deem offensive but which the adapter notes is necessary to depict the time.My only reservation--the same I'd have of any "To Kill a Mockingbird" is an American classic which has won numerous awards, and was most recently voted #1 in the PBS "Great American Read". Some believe Atticus Finch, the Southern lawyer profiled by his daughter Scout, to be the inspiration for many whites' embracing of the civil rights movement.This graphic novel faithfully follows the book, including language which some deem offensive but which the adapter notes is necessary to depict the time.My only reservation--the same I'd have of any such adaptation and, for that matter, of a film or play version of a novel--is that it deprives the reader of imagining what the characters and locations look like from the author's words.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    There's not much you can say about this classic that's not been said before.This new graphic novel adaption obviously condenses the plot, but still manages to stay true to Lee's message of truth, fairness and acceptance.Visually there are a few outstanding moments but overall nothing that either blows you away, or would convince you to pick this version up over the original. Admittedly, Lee's evocative language is a hard act for Fordham to follow, but a broader pallatte and greater detail to lan There's not much you can say about this classic that's not been said before.This new graphic novel adaption obviously condenses the plot, but still manages to stay true to Lee's message of truth, fairness and acceptance.Visually there are a few outstanding moments but overall nothing that either blows you away, or would convince you to pick this version up over the original. Admittedly, Lee's evocative language is a hard act for Fordham to follow, but a broader pallatte and greater detail to landscapes may have helped.
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  • Barbra
    January 1, 1970
    Harper Lee’s classic tale, transformed in graphic novel style, will be reread by longtime fans, and will invite new readers to delve into this story that combines prejudice and injustice together with compassion and kindness. The detailed illustrations will create a new resurgence of the story of Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. An insightful book for mature readers aged 12 to adult.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    My copy wasn’t in color so it may have gotten another star with it. Especially if the coloring was soft and nostalgic. This was a challenge to read. It’s not the same experience as reading the novel. While the story wasn’t changed many things were left out and the transitions weren’t quite right. So I’m probably at a disadvantage since I am familiar with the story, it’s layers and nuances. This is an accessible format so maybe it will widen the books appeal. Based on an Advanced Readers Copy.
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  • Jaime
    January 1, 1970
    I gave it 4 stars and not 5 because for me, I actually think that while good, something felt lacking with this. No doubt it was a HUGE undertaking to make TKAM into a graphic novel. But for me, it felt a little short, and though I’ll definitely keep this one on my shelf of favorites, I’ll return to the novel itself instead.
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  • Caleb Bollenbacher
    January 1, 1970
    My rating is more specific to the adaptation than the work itself. This story is classic for a reason, and it still packs a punch. I'm glad that it now exists in a form that will make it even more accessible. That being said, I wish the illustrations had pushed for a little bit more instead of being so straightforward.
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    It has been a pleasure to revisit this classic novel so soon after it won the Great American Read. Seeing the story in this new format gave me insights I had not had from the full-length novel. A wonderful companion to the print version and highly recommended. Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this new graphic novel.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    So excited to have won this, I can't wait for it to come! I love To Kill a Mockingbird- it blends the nostalgia of childhood with potent themes of justice and race that remain prevalent today. I'll update this review once I've received the book and re-read it!
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  • Fred Slusher
    January 1, 1970
    I loved revisiting these characters and this story. Fred Fordham’s gorgeous and evocative illustrations were a perfect companion to Harper Lee’s words. Wherever she is, I hope she is bearing witness.
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