Book Summary:

I Am Scout: A Biography of Harper Lee, by Charles J. Shields, is a biography of the life of Harper Lee and how she became the famous american author that wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. 

APA Reference:

Shields, Charles J. (2008). “I Am Scout: A Biography of Harper Lee.” New York, NY: Henry                                        Holt and Comapany.


I found this biography to quite the interesting read due to the details it was able to give about Harper Lee. It is thouroughly researched as any good biography should be and it covers her struggles with writting her famous novel (“To Kill A Mockingbird”). This is rather suprising as she refused to even talk about her novel to anyone, but it would seem that she made an exception for this author.

Professional Review:

“This biography is a reworking of the best-selling Mockingbird (Holt, 2006), adapted for young adults. Shields spotlights Lee’s lifelong friendship with Truman Capote and the creation of To Kill a Mockingbird, showing how the publication and success of that book affected the rest of her life…”- Geri Diorio, The Ridgefield Library, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC.

Library Uses:

This book could easily be paired with a lesson on “To Kill a Mockingbird” for any English class. It could also be used as a source for research on famous authors or even used as a feature in the library for a month to celebrate famous american authors along with the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”.


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