I Am Scout is Charles J. Shields' adapted version of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. It is written for younger readers and students, but in no way did I find it lacking in information. Like its predecessor Mockingbird, I Am Scout covers Harper Lee's life as a writer and her adventures as a both a child and adult.
Although writers seem hard pressed to turn up new information on the famously reclusive author Harper Lee, Shield's does an outstanding job of taking old information and shining new light on it. Once again, I found myself enjoying the working relationship of Truman Capote and Harper Lee. Even though it's considered a children's boigraphy, I Am Scout doesn't shy away from the heavy themes of both Lee's life and To Kill a Mockingbird. Personally I feel that if a reader is mature enough to undertake the themes of To Kill a Mockingbird, they will be well prepared for I Am Scout.
Don't let the idea that this is a children's biography dissuade you from reading I Am Scout, it hits home on all the important subjects with none of the speculation or unnecessary sensationalism. I Am Scout is very contextual, so it's probably best read after reading and discussing To Kill a Mockingbird. Shields has once again included excellent notes and a formidable biography that is a perfect starting place for adult and young readers alike to go out on their own Mockingbird journey.
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Hardcover Paperback ISBN 0805083340 EAN 9780805083347 Target Group 12-18 Publisher Henry Holt & Company Publish Date Apr 1, 2008 Copyright Date Apr 1, 2008 Binding Hardcover 9781250082213 9781250082213 12-18 Henry Holt & Company Apr 1, 2008 Apr 1, 2008 Paperback