What are authors saying about the upcoming Harper Lee novel?

When the announcement came that Harper Lee's second book will be published in July, 55 years after her acclaimed "To Kill a Mockingbird," people took to Twitter to express their thoughts and make a few jokes. Here are what some authors had to say.

Some came up with their own name for the sequel. Young adult writer Maureen Johnson joked:

Others, like bestselling author Jodi Picoult, started planning their summer reading lists:

Some made jokes about the new book.

George RR Martin, "Game of Thrones" author, joked about how long the book took:

Mat Johnson, a novelist who wrote "Drop," urged critics to give Lee a good review:

Darin Strauss, a bestselling American writer, praised Lee for taking on a second book:

Young adult fiction writer Patrick Ness apologized for jokes about the book with more jokes:

Janelle Brown, author of national bestseller, "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything" expressed skepticism over the publication:

But most, like thriller novelist Brad Meltzer, just seemed ready to get their hands on the novel:

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