Back of Book:
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 remember reading To Kill A Mockingbird for the for the first time in high school. It had a profound effect on the way I thought of slavery. When I heard that Alabama Spitfire was coming out I was very excited! This book is a great look into the life of Harper Lee. It follows her life from a young girl to an adult. I learned many new facts about the author who changed the world. The illustrations are beautiful and show readers the strength of diligence that Harper Lee had. There is a authors note in the back of the book that shares with readers about why she wrote this wonderful biography. Another great story to read for National Women’s Month.
Ages 5 and up