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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (390 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Loretta Ellsworth Narrator: Jessica Almasy Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781436133371
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The touching story of one girl’s journey to find herself, In Search of Mockingbird is Loretta Ellsworth’s heartfelt novel.

It’s 1986, and fifteen-year-old Erin is none too pleased by her widowed father’s announcement that he’s getting married. When she discovers her late mother’s diary, she learns that she wanted to be a writer just like Erin does. So she runs away from home on a Greyhound bus, determined to track down Harper Lee—the author of both her and her mother’s favorite book. What unfolds is a poignant quest of self-discovery and the making of a strong young woman.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hector Barrera | 1/26/2014

    " In Searchof Mockingbird must be my all time favorie book.I love how Erini is so determine to give a letter from her mothers favorite author Harper Lee. I like how even after several difficult things that happen on her way, she still had enough courage to continue on to finf her mother favorite author Harper Lee. Erin difficult mission to find Harper Lee had gotten her close conneections to people such as Sedushia,and Enn. As the book continues I learn that anything is possible if you put your faith in it, and that if you have any determination nothing would stop you for achieving whats yours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/21/2013

    " A truly touching book with unusual "circles of life" connections. Erin leaves her home in Minnesota on a quest to find and meet Harper Lee, the author of her mother's favorite book. Erin never knew her mother, so To Kill a Mockingbird was her only connection to her. The set of quirky characters whom Erin meets on the bus trip to Alabama are worth the read alone. It's definitely a "girl book"- full of angst and yearning for life connections. A terrific book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nari (The Novel World) | 12/15/2013

    " A coming of age story about a young girl named Erin. When life moves too fast for her liking, she decided to pack a bag and hop the next bus to Monroebille, Alabama to visit her number 1 hero, Harper Lee, her only connection to her deceased mother. On the way, she meets a slew of interesting characters and her journey is just as much mental as it is physical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 12/11/2013

    " I thought it was great...full disclosure, though, that I'm an incredibly easy mark for anything that includes someone who loves TKAM because I love it so much. I liked the story of her mother loving the book and what it meant to Erin, and I really liked the characters on the bus and how Erin used the lessons from Harper Lee to help her through her pilgrimage to Monroeville. Too many side stories are left unfinished, but I LOVED the encounter with "Nelle" in the diner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisanne Stewart | 12/4/2013

    " I couldn't get into this book. I thought the main character was a bit reckless, and I kept imagining bad things happening to her on her bus trek. Her mother has died, and she is in search of Harper Lee, her dead mother's favorite author. Perhaps I didn't pay enough attention to the plot, or the metaphors, or the symbolism. I just didn't get this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/2/2013

    " Cliched is the word that comes to mind first with In Search of Mockingbird. You've got your typical moody, misunderstood teenager. Who wants to be a writer. Has a dead parent she obsesses over. Goes on a trip to discover herself and helps lots of other people in the end. Heck there's even a stripper with a heart of gold. Take half a dozen literary cliches toss in a blender and hit puree. That is In Search of Mockingbird. The pace is painfully slow, the characters feel more like caricatures than real people and prose is largely forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/4/2013

    " Fun, easy read. Probably a 3.75 but I rounded it up to a 4. Loved that it talked about Perryville, Cape Giraurdeau, Sikston, and my home town of Jackson, Missouri. Ironically we were driving down I-55 towards those towns as we got to that part in the book. Books on tape are such a great thing when you are one cross counrty drives. I also like that it took "To Kill a Mockingbird" and found life lessons from it to draw inspirations from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. Kahn | 8/14/2013

    " The middle school book group has selected this book to read for April's meeting. I am rereading it now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 7/23/2012

    " It was a great book! if you read To Kill A Mockingbird you will understand the story line. it was a really interesting journey for a young girl to make to search for her favorite author, Harper Lee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.C. Wing | 4/7/2012

    " To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite all time book. Ellsworth's book was suggested to me by a librarian, although it's a YA novel, and I was happy to read it. It is a sweet book with an interesting idea behind it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni Bladholm | 12/18/2011

    " A daughter gets to know her mother in different ways...this was a wonderful way... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 I_heart_snape | 9/27/2011

    " Cute. But that's pretty much all there is to say about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/4/2011

    " In an effort to learn more about her mother who died when she was an infant, sixteen-year-old Erin sets out for Monroeville, Alabama, to meet Harper Lee, author of her and her mother's favorite book To Kill A Mockingbird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leela | 8/24/2011

    " A heartwarming short story that ended too soon. The end wasn't very satisfying and the beginning was a bit rushed, but all in all I though it was a good book. ^_^ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 8/18/2011

    " I am pretty sure I was not the target audience for this book. It was a decent story, but I finished it while I was locked down in OCS, so I was pretty desperate for entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Lahti | 6/18/2011

    " This was a beautiful book. Since I loved To Kill a Mockingbird, I really appreciated this book, which is filled with allusions to Harper Lee's book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 5/11/2011

    " I am pretty sure I was not the target audience for this book. It was a decent story, but I finished it while I was locked down in OCS, so I was pretty desperate for entertainment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 3/8/2011

    " If you like To Kill a Mockingbird it is likely you will love this book. If you don't, it is likely you will like this book. Short, sweet story of a girl trying to figure out who she is by figuring out who were mother was by taking a journey to Alabama to visit Harper Lee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabelle | 2/23/2011

    " I loved this book! It's about a girl whose mother died when she was very young, and the only thing left for the daughter is an old copy of To Kill A Mockingbird. She eventually runs away to Alabama to try to meet Harper Lee and tell her how much she loves the book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/11/2011

    " Fantastic companion book for To kill a Mockingbird. A girl's journey on a greyhound and how it takes her out of her comfort one. Also this book causes no anxiety! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosary | 12/21/2010

    " It was meh. TKAM is not one of my favorite books, so I didn't relate to going in search of Harper Lee. I liked the people she met on the bus more than I liked the main character. It was really easy to read and short. Thank heavens because if it had been longer it would have gotten boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 montivagant | 12/16/2010

    " Entertaining. The passengers on the bus seem unrealistically friendly, but overall made me curious the finish the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 I_heart_snape | 11/5/2010

    " Cute. But that's pretty much all there is to say about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 10/26/2010

    " A good story about resolving the past before you can embrace the future. Nicely written story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Britney | 9/14/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book! It shows a girls struggle to follow her dreams! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janna | 7/30/2010

    " The end of the book is pretty predictable. I did enjoy the steps taken and the characters introduced along the way though. Felt more like an elementary level book, not young adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 7/10/2010

    " This was recommended by someone I work with. I would recommend it to teens who want a coming of age story, a road trip story and to those who have read Harper Lee. "

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About the Author
Author Loretta Ellsworth

Loretta Ellsworth earned a master’s degree in writing for children from Hamline University. She’s the author of four books: The Shrouding Woman, a Rebecca Caudill nominee; In Search of Mockingbird, which won the Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Honor Award, was a Teen’s Top Ten finalist, was an IRA Notable, and was named to the New York Library’s List of Books for the Teen Age; In a Heartbeat, which was named a spring Midwest Connection’s Pick and an ALA Notable; and her most recent book, Unforgettable, which is a Kirkus Reviews Pick of the Month. A former Spanish teacher, she lives with her family in Minnesota.

About the Narrator

Jessica Almasy is an actress, theater teacher, and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over eighty titles, including the Earphones Award-winning Clementine series and Operation Yes, for which she won a 2010 Audie Award.