To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

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A young girl growing up in an Alabama town in the 1930s learns of injustice and violence when her father, a widowed lawyer, defends a black man falsely accused of rape.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2010.
Edition: 50th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780061743528
0061743526
Branch Call Number: FIC/LEE
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 21 cm.

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jmli
Dec 08, 2017

I know some people hate this book because of Scout's narration, but I actually thought it was pretty smart to set her as the narrator.

The characters are alright in general; there were some figures I could not necessarily believe in, but they all had their own personalities and identities within the book (maybe except the missionary ladies).

It may not have been incredibly realistic, but I think that's just Scout and how she perceives things. In my opinion, I think Harper Lee had set this up for the readers to understand the trial and the events in their own ways.

One thing I did not feel so great about is how the trial was kind of insignificant in the book. I was not immediately interested or connected to Tom Robinson's case, but I found a lot of the symbolism to be meaningful and intriguing. Saying this, I was no longer sure if the novel was about racism and Robinson or about outcasts and innocent people. The symbolism was a little too much at times too. I wanted a little bit more focus, but I don't feel that Lee gave us enough of that.

However, I did find the book interesting. The language is well-developed, and the short chapters are easy to get through. Boo's story was very touching for me, but at the same time, it was not really relatable.

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RyMac92
Dec 06, 2017

One of the best books I've ever read. Fun, smart, emotionally draining. I don't know why I waited so long to pick up this classic, but it deserves every single piece of recognition and praise that has been heaped upon it. Remarkable must-read for everyone who has a soul.

vpazreads Nov 22, 2017

I LOVE this audio version--even better than reading it myself! Great characterization!

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Booksss14
Oct 29, 2017

Amazing book. I read this is seventh grade and loved every minute of it.

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AMerr22
Oct 24, 2017

Great Book!!!!!

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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

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a captivating novel set in a small fictitious town in Alabama that follows the story of a young girl named Scout and her adventures with her brother Jem (Jeremy), and friend Dill Harris. The three kids are especially fascinated by their mysterious neighbour Boo Radley, while their attorney father Atticus is working on a controversial case for a black man who was wrongfully accused of a crime he did not commit. This book deals with many serious issues such as race and equality and gives off a very important message overall. 5/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at 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.

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jmli
Dec 08, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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green_rabbit_444
Jun 09, 2017

green_rabbit_444 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99

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red_jaguar_905
Apr 05, 2017

red_jaguar_905 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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violet_dog_8583
Dec 29, 2016

violet_dog_8583 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

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indigo_horse_157
Dec 16, 2016

indigo_horse_157 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 76

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Bacon_Dragon
Dec 05, 2016

Bacon_Dragon thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Kadiamum
Jul 22, 2016

Kadiamum thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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ThePistachioKing
Jul 20, 2016

ThePistachioKing thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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blue_dog_20608
Jun 05, 2016

blue_dog_20608 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Jan 21, 2016

ANABELLE H. PORTER thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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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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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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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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