Students and Teachers Excited for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Sequel

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The author of the American classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” will publish her second book. Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” is expected to hit shelves July 14, 2015.

This announcement seems to be the talk of the social media. “Harper Lee” and “To Kill A Mockingbird” are currently trending on Twitter.

The sequel takes place 20 years later. The narrator, Scout, returns home to visit her father, Atticus, sharing her new perspective as an adult.

Nixa High School students, like Courtney Dimitt, are required to read “To Kill A Mockingbird.

“I was surprised that given it’s so old it still seemed very relevant and wasn’t so difficult to read,” she says.

Her freshman English teacher, Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan, decided to wear his “To Kill A Mockingbird” t-shirt before hearing the news. Plus Barnes and Nobles Community Business Development Manager Renee Hunt just finished discussing “To Kill A Mockingbird” in a book club.

“It’s kind of like revisiting an old friend. It’s just such a great book and everybody loves it so much we had such great discussions … After 55 years it still sells well and people still love it,” says Hunt.

Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” is an American classic that has stood the test of time.

“It’s a testament to how well written it is and how it’s still very relevant in our society today,” says Dimitt.

“The themes that come up in Harper Lee’s book of slipping into someone else’s skin an walking around… gaining that alternate perspective … and especially the themes dealing with racial inequalities and racial tensions still very much resonate today. I mean look at Ferguson,” adds Sullivan.

88-year-old Harper Lee has lived in seclusion since her first – and at this point – her only book.

“She’s always said ‘No I will never write another book.’ One and done!” says Sullivan.

There is still truth to that.

“She wrote this book actually before “To Kill A Mockingbird”,” explains Hunt.

“The editor encouraged her to table the book and flesh out the flashbacks and that gave birth to ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’,” adds Sullivan.

“So she thought this book was gone. She didn’t have any idea it was still around. And they just happened to find it recently,” says Hunt.

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