To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

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Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2010, c1960
Edition: 50th anniversary ed
Description: 323 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780061743528
9780062420701
9780060173227
006017322X
0061743526
9780061205699
0061205699
9780060194994
0060194995
Branch Call Number: Lee
Additional Contributors: Lee, Harper. To kill a mockingbird

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anonymouswe
May 10, 2021

First time reading this. Considered one of the all-time greats for good reason. When I finished, I set the book down gave Harper Lee a well deserved round of applause. After 60 years, still an amazing work of literature.

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thaitea7009
Apr 28, 2021

“To Kill a Mockingbird” follows the young six-year old Scout in her experiences living in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s. While it looked like a sleepy town, Scout and her summer friend, Dill, and brother, Jem, always found ways to entertain themselves, such as the spooky “Boo” Radley that was a recluse in the house down the street. Meanwhile, they all live under the care of their wise, lawyer father: Atticus. Scout finds herself in a myriad of situations throughout the book that leave both her and the reader with something new to think about and learn. The closest thing to the “main event” in the book is the conviction of Tom Robinson of rape, a black man that Atticus has chosen to defend. This incident opens Scout's eyes to the impurities and racism of her town, and she slowly matures throughout the book due to events like these. This is the main attraction, as the book takes place over a 3 year span, and it’s heartwarming but also wisening to watch Scout grow up and become a young woman. Almost everyone has heard of the famous “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and it's for a good reason. If your English teacher hasn’t beaten you to it, then you have to read this book. Any teen of mature age should read this book, though I think people who enjoy books on the topic of race and childhood would enjoy this the most.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 16, 2021

To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is a largely rewarding novel that succeeds on multiple counts. The premise is quite fascinating in theory, as it combines the concepts of white supremacy and racism into the format of satire. What's more likeable than that, however, is the way the narrative progresses. The character study-like treatment of it really helps us to connect with the protagonist, who is a remarkably well-written character. It's an achievement that the novel, without tons of exposition, manages to present to us a realistic depiction of the time and place - this gives the novel lots of punch, as does the astounding amount of sensitivity. The dialogues in the novel are quite hard-hitting, and they thankfully aren't sentimentalized at every juncture. The world-building is impressive, as is the intricate detailing. The pacing of the novel is impressive, and it allows the narrative room to breathe. TKAM does have flaws, though. The ending fits as it's a character study, but I wanted one that was more interesting. Many characters are underwritten, and some are practically written out as the novel progresses. . Yet, TKAM deserves its acclaim, and this is certainly an achievement for writer Harper Lee. 3.5 stars.
@SSGDP of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a coming-of-age story told in a southern gothic style during the great depression. To Kill a Mockingbird brings up powerful and essential topics like race and decency. This story always makes you wonder what you would be doing in the given situations; it allows you to think more deeply about human character. The best part about this is that it does not force you to think a certain way; it never feels like you are being preached to or persuaded to think a certain way and I utterly love this approach to writing. Moving on to the characters – my favourite part about this novel - it has one of the most iconic and respected characters in Atticus Finch. Harper Lee does such an excellent job at humanizing Atticus and making him a perfect role model. I recommend to all students that you pay attention when reading this novel in class as it’s a masterpiece! 5/5 stars
@ojke of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

As one of the most recognizable novels in literary history, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee explores prejudice and stereotypes from the perspective of a young girl in the 1930s. The book has a very nostalgic feeling to it, with the youthful curiosity of the main character, Scout, making it a more enjoyable read. However, there is something to be said about the whiteness — for lack of a better term — of the book. The white-saviour storyline and lack of development for Tom Robinson -- a Black character that the story heavily revolves around -- make for a very disappointing read. While on the surface, it’s a book that wonderfully tackles the topic of racism, at the core, it perpetuates a lot of racist behaviour. Therefore, I would rate it a 2.5/5
@MythicalDreamer7 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

To Kill A Mockingbird was incredible. On the one hand, this book is a fairly simple age story about life in a small town in Alabama during the Great Depression. It has great saviour enthusiasm and simplicity, which I think has resonated with many readers. This is of course related to me. I think the adjective "charm" may have been invented to describe novels. Despite the ease of the narrative, this book is extremely deceptive in discussing race, tolerance, and human etiquette. Most importantly, this book shows us the courage to stand bravely on the grill of injustice by setting an example. This is a lesson we should all learn. In general, I will give it a rating of more than 5 stars and recommend that everyone around 15 years old read it so that they fully appreciate it.
@Leafyreads of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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red_hawk_1649
Apr 06, 2021

To Kill a Mockingbird is by far one of my favorite classics (I was in tears when it finished). While it teaches such a prevalent and serious issue, To Kill a Mockingbird reminds readers of their childhoods. And while the lovable, intelligent, and feisty Scout as well as her brother, Jem, consider their father to be boring, almost any child would want the actual saint of Atticus as a father figure. Meanwhile, the injustices shown in the book are shown in such a way that the teenage audience can be reminded that they can make a difference. However, To Kill a Mockingbird does have serious aspects to like assault and rape. It is such a roller coaster ride of emotions, able to make you cry and laugh at the same time. To Kill a Mockingbird is a light-hearted, yet serious book that only the Pulitzer Prize- winning Harper Lee can accomplish.

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maharshi_m2005
Mar 19, 2021

This great classic book by Harper Lee is quite an adventure. The story begins by expressing Atticus Finch's life. Atticus Finch is a highly respectable lawyer with two kids, Jem and Scout. Eventually, the story progresses to a point where Tom Robinson is accused by Mayella Ewell of an incredibly unjust crime. Atticus Finch takes up defending Tom Robinson, although no one supports these actions. Will the highly qualifiable lawyer be able to save Robinson from injustice? This book was interesting as the interactions between Atticus, Scout, and Jem progress throughout the story. The way Bob Ewell acts towards Atticus after Atticus proves him wrong to how the story ends made this book an interesting read as it contained an interesting plot. To Kill a Mockingbird's elements summed up made it a great classic to read.

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Qazque
Mar 09, 2021

To Kill A Mockingbird is a charmingly vital novel with endearing characters and an adroit story told from the perspective of the youngest Finch, Scout (Jean Louise) Finch. Readers view the story through her eyes as she learns empathy through the plot with her older brother Jem (Jeremey) and father Atticus. Residing in Maycomb, Alabama, the story follows the Finch family and their neighbors during 1933, when segregation among black and white people was ubiquitous. Harper Lee did a magnificent job writing this novel and it is a pleasure to read.

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BeckyR21
Feb 02, 2021

Reread this wonderful novel while my teenager was reading it in school. It is as wonderful as I remember, and it is always interesting to reread a book from your youth with an adult perspective. I love this book! Atticus Finch is remarkable and inspiring, Jem and Scout are treasures! A book everyone should read.

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Dee_BPL
Feb 01, 2021

I reread To Kill A Mockingbird 35 years after reading it in high school - it still holds up and it brought back every emotion I felt as a teen. Very highly recommend!

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deykora6
Jan 15, 2021

Summary:

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee. In the novel, the residents of Maycomb are severe racists and discriminate against people of color. In the story, a black man named Tom Robinson is wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Atticus, a white male, is asked to defend Tom Robinson. Throughout the story, he takes on the case even though he has a very slim chance of winning.

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This book covers many important themes such as racial prejudice and social injustice. The story also includes the coming-of-age of Scout and Jem (Finch's children). It is an amazing but truly heartbreaking story which makes the readers aware of these issues that still go on in today's society.
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rosevazquez1
Jan 12, 2021

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; To summarize, this book is about Scout, her brother Jem and their father who was defending a man in a trial. Set during the Great Depression, racism was still heavily prevalent against African-Americans. This book focuses on the characters' lives, and the legal case that the father character is working on defending an African American man. In this novel, many people did not like the father character, Atticus, since he was defending a black man at that time. Even though this book presented difficult moments of how African Americans were treated at that time, It got more interesting towards the end. I for one almost didn’t continue to read it so If you are more sensitive about certain subjects like racism and assault I would not recommend this book. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this book especially during these times of social unrest in our country. I believe the age range should be 13-18 years. 3.5/5 star rating from me

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thaitea7009
Apr 28, 2021

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red_hawk_1649
Apr 06, 2021

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pink_porcupine_104
Dec 17, 2020

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Anirudh_Kannan
Aug 09, 2020

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Renzy00
Aug 08, 2020

Renzy00 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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AnushaU
Aug 01, 2020

AnushaU thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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smhgeo422
Jul 25, 2020

smhgeo422 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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bshihab
Jul 21, 2020

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alexqise
Jul 15, 2020

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kyang_91
Jul 15, 2020

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Qazque
Mar 09, 2021

"'Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open'" (Lee 231).

nadia_89 Sep 29, 2020

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

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ambdizzle
Aug 23, 2019

They did the best they could with the sense they had.

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sonu_n
Feb 26, 2019

“Atticus said to Jem one day, "I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird." That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. "Your father’s right," she said. "Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

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jmli
Dec 08, 2017

"Will you take me home?" - Boo Radley

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Kadiamum
Jul 22, 2016

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it" - Atticus Finch

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JM8
Jun 22, 2016

"People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for."

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jeremiah_5
Jun 22, 2016

This case is as simple as black and white

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FandomQueen
Jan 09, 2016

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”

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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

“Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.”

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green_rabbit_444
Jun 09, 2017

Sexual Content: To Kill a Mocking bird's main story line is a court case over an alleged rape.

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britprincess1
Jul 21, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A few dark scenes (including the trial and the conclusion of the book).

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britprincess1
Jul 21, 2012

Violence: Depictions of murder, killings, and such. Lots of childhood fights in the schoolyard and the like.

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britprincess1
Jul 21, 2012

Coarse Language: Lots of coarse language, including racial slurs.

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britprincess1
Jul 21, 2012

Sexual Content: Outright mentions of rape, as well as implications of incest.

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britprincess1
Jul 21, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A few dark scenes (including the trial and the conclusion of the book).

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britprincess1
Jul 21, 2012

Coarse Language: Lots of coarse language, including racial slurs.

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britprincess1
Jul 21, 2012

Sexual Content: Outright mentions of rape, as well as implications of incest.

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britprincess1
Jul 21, 2012

Violence: Depictions of murder, killings, and such. Lots of childhood fights in the schoolyard and the like.

Rinve Jul 17, 2012

Sexual Content: Tom supposedly raping a women( I kind of forgot the name)

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Renzy00
Aug 08, 2020

The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about two young children named Jem and Scout Finch. The story is about them growing up. During their process of Jem and Scout growing up, they learn a bunch of new things. They go from ignorant to educated in many different ways in life. For example, they go from ignorant to educated in race, and the way people get treated because of their skin colour. They also go from ignorant to educated by judging people by their looks, appearances, and what other people say about them. They also learn new things. The things that they learn throughout the story, other children also learn in their childhood to adulthood too.

The things I liked about the book is that it shows many things many people will eventually realize or learn as they grow up. The ways that the story portrays how Scout and Jem may not be the same as other people, but the result of what they have learned is the same. The things that I disliked about this book is that the book feels like a lot of multiple short stories in one huge book about the same characters. Each scenario doesn’t flow well into the next and every time there is a new event, it starts it off like a whole brand new story.

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AnushaU
Aug 01, 2020

In a sleepy town in Alabama, two children find themselves navigating a world filled with racism and prejudices. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a must read for everyone. Two children, Scout Finch and her older brother Jem, are exposed to the racist ways of life in the South after the Great Depression. When a black man is falsely accused of raping a white girl by Bob Ewell, Atticus Finch must argue in his favor, despite all the dangers and setbacks. Through the eyes of Scout and Jem, Harper Lee explores the roots of racism and irrational biases against color and class.
When I read this novel in sixth grade, I took the meaning of this novel at a very shallow level. However, one year later, I found myself reading it again in the beginning of quarantine. This time however, I understood the deeper meaning of the novel; what Harper Lee was truly trying to get across. This novel would be my favorite classic as of yet. A tale that touches upon several of society’s issues such as sexism, racism, class, and the evil side of nature, To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming of age novel that follows the changes in Scout and Jem as they lose their childhood innocence after being exposed to inequality.
This novel is highly relevant in today’s day and age. As the Black Lives Matter movement picks up speed, I believe it is very important to revisit Harper Lee’s masterpiece to observe her thoughts, which were way ahead of her time. A highly educational book intertwined with humor and sarcasm, To Kill a Mockingbird is full of literary devices that allow the reader a chance for reflection. A great example would be a quote in the words of Atticus Finch. “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

Age Rating: 12+
Rating: 4.5/5
- Anusha Upadhyayula

olive_bird_01 Jun 13, 2015

Scout Finch (Mary Badham), 6,and her older brother, Jem (Phillip Alford), live in sleepy Maycomb, Ala., spending much of their time with their friend Dill (John Megna) and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall). When Atticus (Gregory Peck), their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.

olive_bird_01 Jun 13, 2015

Scout Finch (Mary Badham), 6,and her older brother, Jem (Phillip Alford), live in sleepy Maycomb, Ala., spending much of their time with their friend Dill (John Megna) and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall). When Atticus (Gregory Peck), their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.

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riddhi_blue_16
Jun 25, 2014

Jem and Scout who live in Maycomb, Alabama with their father Atticus Finch.
Atticus Finch is a lawyer and he is defending Tom Robinson who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Mayella's dad Bob Ewell is a very cruel man who beats up Mayella and blames everything on Tom. Boo Radley in Jem and Scout's neighbor. Everyone thinks Boo killed his own father. One night Jem and Scout were on their way home and were attacked by Bob Ewell and Bob tried to kill Jem and Scout. But Boo Radley saved them by killing Bob Ewell.
Now as Scout dropped Boo Radley home and when she stood on Boo Radley's porch she saw Maycomb through the eyes of Boo Radley. She finally understood why Atticus would always tell her to climb into someones shoes and see the world through their eyes.

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kcsnowden8
Jul 18, 2012

In this story, the life of a young girl is interrupted with the trial and sentencing of a black man who her father has chosen to defend. It paints a vivid portrait of life in the south, justice, and innocence.

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

Scout's father defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town during the 1930s.

FavouriteFiction Oct 06, 2009

In the 1930's, a southern lawyer defends a black man wrongly accused of rape.

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