Wednesday, April 29, 2009

" Up Close: Harper Lee" by Kerry Madden

In March 2009, the newest addition to Vikings
Up Close young adult series was released:

Harper Lee by Kerry Madden
Hardcover 223 pages
ISBN 978-0-670-01095-0

I really enjoyed this book because I am a Harper Lee
fan and because it was extremely interesting and well written!
I did not feel I was reading a children's book.It was well researched
and as we all know without input by Ms. Lee.
Kerry reports that Miss Nelle said in a note to her;

" I may be old, but I'm not dead yet and biographies are for the dead"

We all hope she lives many more years and she will have written her
memoir for us to read! I would consider it as much of a blessing as I do
" To Kill A Mockingbird"

The quote I have under Ms. Lee's picture on my sidebar came from my
friend Kerry's book...................
If you are a Harper Lee fan, you will really enjoy this book!
Thank you Kerry for your hard work in bringing this book to print!

Kerry is also the author of a wonderful children's series about the Weem's
Family, set in the Appalachian town of Maggie Valley. I have ordered all three for my
granddaughter Taylor's birthday, she will be 11 on July 1st.

In other news.... two of my author friends are attending the Harper Lee festival in Monroeville
this weekend, Carolyn Haines and Terri DuLong, Author Rick Bragg will be presented with the 2009 Harper Lee Literary Award! Girls I am insanely jealous but still hope you girls have a great time!!


Vicki Lane said...

Kerry is a wonderful writer and a charming person. Be sure to read those books yourself, before giving them to your granddaughter -- you'll enjoy them!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I ma going to have to put this on my reading list. I think I would really enjoy this book.

Kathryn Magendie said...

I read and reviewed The Maggie Valley Trilogy by Madden and HIGHLY recommend them! Such charming books - beautifully written.

lakeviewer said...

There is a lesson for writers in the life of Harper Lee. If a writer's first book is so grand and marvelous that sets up such high standards and expectations, that situation may become a hindrance to the Muse for future productions. (or not!)

Maybe, except for Shakespeare, all we can expect from anyone is one, perfect Masterpiece in a lifetime.

TheWritersPorch said...

Vicki..........I plan to do just that! :) me you will!

Kat.....the same can be said for your book!

Lakeviewer....that is exactly what happened with her and Margaret Mitchell..........

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Thanks for altering me to this.
And don't you love that cover photo?

Kerry Madden said...

Thanks for such a lovely review...I love Vicki's and Kathryn's books too!

(Vicki, I'm moving to Birmingham, so we'll practically be in shouting distance - at least little closer than Los Angeles.)

Thanks for this lovely post, Carol. Hope everybody is having a warm and happy spring.

All best
Kerry Madden

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Carol, I"m sure the Maggie Valley series is wonderful. That is such a neat area of North Carolina. George and I have talked about going to that area sometime to do some hiking and waterfalling.


crochet lady said...

I think I'll look into purchasing that series of books for my next order of juv/young adult fiction at the library where I work. Sounds like they would be a great addition to our collection.

caryn said...

Hi Carol,
You won a book on Kaye Barley's blog from me, but I need your snail mail. Could you email me at with your address please?

caryn said...

Sorry to post twice-on topic, the woman who played Scout in the movie was at our library a couple of months ago. Her talk was very interesting.

Renie Burghardt said...

Oh, I will buy this book for two of my younger granddaughters, and will read it before I send it off. Sounds like a great read.

Happy Thursday, Carol!



Becca's Dirt said...

Oh and how neat is that. These are fine authors. I am entertained everytime I pick up a Carolyn Haines book.

Hope you have a great day Carol... Becca

Reader Wil said...

I see that Harper Lee is of the same year my husband was born and the same month too.Thanks for sharing her memories!

Thanks for your comment on the tragedy that happened in my country! Unbelievable and unexpected.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Book and festival both sound great!