One of the first entries mentions her mother's favorite book, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Erin can barely contain her excitement. Harper Lee's famous novel is also her all-time favorite. She has read it countless times, so to learn that she shared this love with her mother is amazing.
Upset about the upcoming wedding, Erin makes a snap decision. She packs a bag, uses the birthday money her grandmother sent to buy a bus ticket, and begins a journey from Minnesota to Alabama. With TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD clutched in her hands, she boards a Greyhound bus determined to met her favorite author in person. After all, her mother wrote in her diary about sending a letter to Harper Lee asking what it takes to become an author. Erin would like to get an answer to that question as well.
She knows her father will probably ground her until the end of high school, but some things are more important than potential punishments. The journey gives Erin time to read the diary and begin to understand the mother she never knew. She also meets Sedushia, an aging exotic dancer, and Epp who becomes her protector on the journey. Both help Erin gain the confidence she needs to complete the trip and accomplish the goal of getting to know exactly who her mother was and what she may have passed on to Erin.
Fans of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD will fall in love with Erin's story immediately. Author Loretta Ellsworth voices the hopes and dreams of aspiring authors and anyone searching for the meaning behind love and loss. Hand this one to any reader in love with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and they won't be able to thank you enough.