Meet Sara Maune a member of the Washington Public Library Staff and librarian at St. John the Baptist School in Villa Ridge. Sara enjoys all books but has a special affection for young adult titles and those geared to readers in upper elementary school.

Sara said writing reviews for the MO Books Blog will give her the opportunity to read even more books, and become better prepared to suggest new titles to children who visit both libraries where she works.

“I Kill the Mockingbird,” by Paul Acampora, is an enjoyable book about young teens with a passion for reading willing to do what it takes to make a difference. The main characters, Lucy, Elena and Michael have just received their summer reading suggestions as they leave 8th grade, but they’re surprised that not all of their classmates are thrilled to have a reading assignment for the summer.

They devise a plan hoping to make their classmates want to read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a former teacher’s favorite book, a teacher who recently passed away.

The plan starts out innocent enough, but soon takes on a life of its own and stretches beyond their wildest dreams. It turns out to be an unforgettable adventure with a few lessons learned, a little baseball thrown in, an art lesson given, and cancer cured.

I found myself rooting for these young people, laughing with them and definitely wanting to re-read “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This entertaining novel would be appropriate for young teens.