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Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird


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Nelle Harper Lee grew up in the rocky red soil of Monroeville, Alabama. From the get-go she was a spitfire. 

Unlike most girls, 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 childhood, penned To Kill a Mockingbird. A groundbreaking book about small-town injustice that 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.

From Bethany Hegedus and Erin McGuire comes the inspiring true story of Harper Lee, the scrappy tomboy who grew up to be one of the most beloved writers of the 20th century. 

Product Details

  • Written by Bethany Hegedus
  • Illustrated by Erin Mcguire
  • 40 pages
  • Recommended reading age: 4+