Teachers and students anticipate “Go Set a Watchman”

Kathleen Cook, Editor in Chief

Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been a staple in freshmen English classes, and now her second book, “Go Set a Watchman”, has the potential to be as successful.
Lee submitted “Go Set a Watchman” to her publisher before “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but it is a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The sequel features all of the characters grown up. The novel becomes available July 14.
Lee’s new novel is the number one best seller in Amazon’s pre-sell list.
Valentina Shaw is a freshman who has already read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and is interested in reading the sequel.
“I would love to read it. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was really inspiring, and I think her next book would be really well written just because the first one was,” Shaw said.
The novel has English teachers excited as well.
“When I go to the beach this summer, that’s the first thing I’m reading. I want to read it because “To Kill a Mockingbird” was such a hit, and I’ve had to teach it so many times,” freshmen English teacher Sarah Hughes said.
Often, follow-up novels disappoint readers, and Lee has a lot to live up to.
Hughes said, “I kind of hope it will be like a sequel and that Scout is still a character. I haven’t heard much about it, but I have high hopes.”