To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

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The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic that has been translated into more than 40 languages.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2002, 1988]
Edition: 1st Perennial classics ed.
ISBN: 9780446310789
0446310786
9780060935467
0060935464
0062368680
9780062368683
Characteristics: 1 online resource (323 p.)

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KateHillier Sep 20, 2014

Reason: racism

A "beloved classic, a touchstone in American literary and social history... it may well be America's national novel."

Sissy Spacek does an amazing job with this narration. Her voice adds depth to the novel and her performance brings these characters alive.

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smc01 Jul 16, 2012

I'm sure there's very little that hasn't already been said about this book. This audiobook, however, and Sissy Spacek's performance in particular, are superb. She gives a unique voice to each character. It's simply wonderful.

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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

A wonderful book. No matter how you read it and what age you are when you do so, it provokes many thoughts and topics for discussion. Truly stands the test of time.


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BudgiesNbooks
Aug 21, 2017

Very touching. I liked it a lot and I would like to read the next book. I would recommend this book to people who want to read a heart-rending and moving classic.

StevenOClark Aug 11, 2017

Embarrassed to admit I had never read TKAM...but it is an excellent book of a variety of levels..

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CarleeMcDot
Jul 24, 2017

Let me preface this one by saying I did not physically read this book, but we listened to the unabridged audiobook on the drive to San Francisco. Can you believe I had never read this book before?! I originally thought I'd grab it because it was one that the hubby read and really enjoyed, but because I knew he would be dosing in and out (he normally falls asleep easily in the car) it would be okay for him to miss some of it. I don't know what I was expecting (for some reason I thought that the trial portion had to do with Boo Radley), but it blew my mind. I can totally see why it is a classic. It touches on so many different issues and really makes you think. This book is not only relevant when it was published almost SIXTY years ago, but still touches on hot button topics and social justice issues that we continue to face today. I would give it a 10 out of 10.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 18, 2017

To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee is a socially progressive novel, taking in consideration the time period in which it takes place in, the 1930s. As it revolves around inequality between coloured citizens and the white community from a social and political perspective. For example, the characters and the conflicts developed in the novel, argues against the judgmental opinions within their prejudiced society, contrasting the views of seeing in ”black and white”. Furthermore, the actions and words of many characters, including the main characters Scout Finch and her father diminish the importance of social status and expectation, influencing individuality and solidarity. Lastly, due to the time period of the 1930s, the fight against oppression was developing, which is effectively represented as this novel reflects the impact and contradicting perspectives of racial discrimination and sexist roles in their society. This novel represents social progression based on the balance that developed between society’s perspective and the individual right of diverse citizens. Through her writing, Harper Lee inspires this change not only within her character, but to all of those who open their eyes to the reality behind her fictitious tale. I recommend this novel to anyone 14 years old and older.
- @Because_Logic of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was an interesting book. It started in the south with three kids. Where many events occurred. Soon the kids have grown up. Prejudice was shown in the book through how people where treated based on the color of their skin. People were judged based on looks and how nice they were. I rate his book a four out of five stars, it wasn't that good, but it was written well. 
- @SDJ of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

In this novel, our protagonist is a young girl looking at the world through innocent eyes, as some of the biggest racial tensions happen within her sleepy town of a community. We get to see how prevalent the injustice is within the Southern county of Maycomb in Alabama. Jean-Louis Finch AKA Scout has her predominate father figure going against the grain fighting the crooked system. Her older brother Jerome AKA Jem is generally the stereotypically older brother but protects his younger sister regardless. All in all, this is an American classic for a good reason, with unique characters and interesting storyline, criticizing the racist south U.S.A. of 1933.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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green_rabbit_444
Jun 09, 2017

I read this book last winter. It gave me much greater perspective on how much our culture has changed.

JCLJoyceM Apr 14, 2017

This spectacular book, written in 1959, makes you wonder why Harper Lee did not publish another novel until recently. It is a view of the psyche of the South and its black versus white views as seen through the eyes of the young. It is a fitting book to read as the nation struggles with race relations. I wanted to read it before watching the movie portrayal.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 19, 2017

Published in 1960, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is often the first book on the list of "Books We Wish We Didn't Have To Read In High School". Why, though? Upon further examination, To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most influential books of our time. The story of a trial case for a black man (accused of a crime he didn't commit) seen through the eyes of a young girl in the 1930's has a nostalgic air to it, as seen in Lee's skilled writing technique. The plot is still heartwrenching and takes a grab at your emotions, and features plenty of funny, heartwarming, and tragic moments. The book is also a great conversation starter for conversations about race relations - if your child is 13 or over. Is the society seen in To Kill a Mockingbird really as different as the supposedly 'post-racial' society we live in now?
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is usually something that most teenagers dread reading, even I thought I would have to force myself through this book. However, after I finished, this novel proved to me why it was such a well-known classic.
Firstly, the characters are so interesting and realistically written, everything about them seems so natural. Lee also shows us what each character had to go through, and how they grew from those moments. Though I don't favour books written with Southern dialect within them, Lee made it so that the Southern dialect helped build the characters and helped you vividly imagine what they are like.
Secondly, the way the plot develops, and the way it's built up makes the reader constantly want to continuously read more and more chapters. No scene in the book seems rushed or unnecessary, and nothing drags on and on. Even if a scene does seem useless, at the end, the reader realizes it was worth a lot more than they thought.
Lastly, the ending of the book is very satisfying. As previously mentioned, all the problems and challenges that the characters had to face came to a realistic conclusion, and all the mysteries that were hinted at throughout the book were delicately revealed.
All in all, I would rate this book a 9/10.
- @Sonorous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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darcyhudjik
Jan 28, 2017

A moving classic!

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trcookIIImddmd
Jan 03, 2017

Faulkner's advice to fledgling authors, like myself(read To Cratisto by Lt Roger Wilco from amazon), was to "read everything--trash, classics, good and bad." I have done so and continue: Herodotus, Faulkner, Hemingway, Woolf, Dickens, and trash by Daniel Steele. To Kill A Mocking Bird is the most perfectly written novel.

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ManMachine
Oct 27, 2016

Born April 28, 1926 - Nelle Harper Lee (better known by her pen name, Harper Lee) was an American writer widely known for her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird", which was first published in 1960.

Immediately successful, this novel won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. Though Lee had only published this single book, in 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature.

The plot and characters of "To Kill a Mockingbird" are loosely based on Lee's observations of her family and neighbours, as well as an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.

The novel deals with the irrationality of adult attitudes towards race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s, as depicted through the eyes of two children. The novel was inspired by racist attitudes in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.... (*Be sure to view video of only recorded interview with Harper Lee*)

*Note* - On February 19, 2016 - Harper Lee (89 at the time) died in her sleep.

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Jun 09, 2017

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Kadiamum
Jul 22, 2016

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Jan 21, 2016

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Aug 18, 2015

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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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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Jan 21, 2016

He would be there with Jem all night...and he would be there when he woke up in the morning.

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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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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

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

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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

“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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November007
Jun 30, 2015

"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

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_Blizzard
Jun 21, 2015

"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."-Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

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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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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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