To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

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Publisher: Philadelphia, Penn. : Lippincott, [1960]
Branch Call Number: F LEE, H
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 21 cm

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vrohit
Aug 11, 2020

Very emphatic novel about the impact of racism on the South in the 1930s during the Great Depression. It truthfully represents a lot of people's attitudes towards slaves, and how slaves were treated as less than human. Atticus Finch, a lawyer, chose to represent a slave who was falsely accused of rape. Several tragedies occur in the novel, as in, justice is not fulfilled, per se, but the novel traces an important lesson about slavery and people’s opinions towards it in the 1930s. However, it also displays that not everyone was for slavery in this period. There were several people who believed it was only fair and right to treat all races the same. This is a rightfully deserved bestseller and a classic novel.

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dgiard
Aug 09, 2020

It is doubtful that Harper Lee understood the impact of her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" would have on American thought and culture. Yet the book remains in print 60 years after its original publication and has been taught and debated in school since its initial publication in 1960.

The story is told by Scout Finch - a 6-8-year old tomboy raised by her widowed father Atticus in the small fictious town of Maycomb, AL in the 1930s. It is a story of life and morality in the rural south of the depression. Scout and her brother Jem learn about life from their father - an idealistic lawyer assigned to defend Tom Robinson - a local black man accused of raping and beating a white woman. Atticus does not shrink from his duty and delivers a convincing defense, even though he faces the anger of many of the racist townspeople. It is a lost cause that he faces unflinchingly because it is the right thing to do.

Woven through this racial drama is the story of Boo Radley - the silent (presumably autistic) neighbor who never leaves his house. Neighborhood children are fascinated and afraid of this mysterious invisible presence in their town.

But it is much more than these stories. It is about family and community relationships; and the expectations of gender roles; and why people hate one another.

Atticus is among the most noble heroes in literature. Not only does he take on an unpopular position - standing up for black rights in the deep south of the last century - but he refuses to judge his persecutors. He repeatedly turns the other cheek to those who attack him. In Atticus's own words:

"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."

Maycomb is divided into a caste system: The educated whites, the poor whites, and the blacks live separately, and each group is suspicious of the other with many finding faults with those outside their group. But Atticus does not see the world this way. He tries to understand the world through the experiences of others, and he tries to teach this to his children. Scout and Jem learn to accept those different from themselves. They lose their childhood innocence when they experience the hatred and prejudice of the community for the first time; but they are elevated by the idealism and integrity of their father, who teaches them tolerance and empathy.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is a timeless morality tale! It is the story of injustice and intolerance and tolerance and morality and courage and gender roles. It is a coming-of-age novel.

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Anirudh_Kannan
Aug 09, 2020

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is one of the most famous books written in American Literature. The book can be split into two halves, both of which have similarities. The first half follows Scout and Jem Finch, and their childhood. The second follows Scout's father, Atticus defending Tom Robinson, a black man, who is falsely accused of raping a white woman. The story takes place in the 1930s in Alabama, a time when racism and segregation against blacks was at a prime.

A popular assignment for high school students, To Kill a Mockingbird explores themes of racial prejudice and injustice, and the coming-of-age of both Scout and her brother Jem, making this book a timely and fun read overall.

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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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valy3
Aug 07, 2020

So appropriate for the times - George Floyd - and a book that should repeatedly be read on a regular basis.

Overall this is a surprisingly awesome book! I was doubtful at first because my teacher mentioned that this book was pretty boring, especially at the start, but I actually found it super interesting. It explores concepts such as racism and prejudice which are awful issues but are crucial to learn about so they can be stopped, while also being told from a girls point of view. This book has well devolved characters and a very well done plot, which mentions how Scout/Jean Finch progresses in Maycomb through the help of her father and many others. This is a very well done book, highly recommended!

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smhgeo422
Jul 25, 2020

In this coming-of-age novel, set in the midst of the Great Depression, Harper Lee explores the injustice that prevails in Alabama, and by extension the entire southern region. Lee constructs a series of characters who are outcasts; to demonstrate, Boo Radley is the most explicitly marginalized character in this story. However, there are others such as Atticus, a lawyer, Scout and Jem, Atticus’ children, and Miss Maudie, a neighbor, who, although are not as cast out as transparently as Boo, still suffer tremendously because they refuse to follow social codes. These characters make a profound impact to their town when Tom Robinson, an African American, is wrongly accused of raping a white girl. Atticus, who stood as the only lawyer willing to defend Tom, persistently fights for equality in the courtroom, as there should be, and explains in his closing testimony that the court only upholds the democratic value of equality only if the jurors do.

Read the book to find out what happened to Tom Robinson and Boo Radley!

I recommend this book ages 13 and up. This story illustrates the dangers that can abound if people continue to be ignorant, and I think this topic is hard to analyze at a younger age. I rate this 5 stars out of 5, because this is a must read that almost every curriculum has. There definitely are some humorous sections in the story, even if the overall setting of the novel is bleak.

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leejuliet
Jul 22, 2020

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age novel by Harper Lee about two young children named Scout and Jem Finch in their journey of understanding prejudice and discrimination. Raised by their father, a fair lawyer known as Atticus Finch, the two believed that the world was a great and wonderful place due to their innocence of being young children. As their first judgments on an outcast named Boo Radley convinced them that he was a dangerous man, a trial of a colored man opened. The suspect, Tom Robinson, had been proved innocent by Atticus, who believed that everyone was equal despite their skin color. However, discrimination prevailed in the city, and he was judged guilty. When Scout and Jem found out about this unjust action, they learned that the world wasn’t the perfect place they imagined, and that there is pain and suffering along the way. A few days after the trial, the two kids were assaulted by a man, but surprisingly, Boo Radley appeared and saved them from the stalker. Scout and Jem faced multiple epiphanies about how racial injustice and judging someone by false accusations is not something that should be regulated.

This story is a delicate and meaningful series of events that teaches readers the devastation that occurs within rumors and discrimination. Harper Lee has written the novel out incredibly well, and it forces us to think about the cruel world and how we can prevent the social norm from getting the best of us. I would suggest readers among the ages of 13 to read this 5-star masterpiece.

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bshihab
Jul 21, 2020

To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel written by Harper Lee, is set in the Great Depression in a fictional town in Alabama called Maycomb. The novel displays the racism that was present in communities during the 1930s. The narrator of the story, Scout Finch, is a 6-year-old tomboy who lives with her ten-year-old brother, Jem Finch, and her lawyer father, Atticus. The siblings, with their friend Dill, try to meet with their reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley. The trio is interested in meeting him since Boo hasn’t left his house for many years, and there have been many rumors about Boo and his family’s lives. Throughout the novel, many acts of racism are displayed throughout their town as Atticus was asked to defend an African American man named Tom Robinson. He was wrongly accused of raping a white girl named Mayella Ewell. Through the novel, one can see the trial develop through a child’s point of view, and one can learn the important lessons that Atticus taught his children as time went on.

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Bushra_20
Jul 19, 2020

Six year old Scout Finch is living in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. Raised by Atticus Finch, Scout and her brother, Jem, are very comfortable with Maycomb and understand the well being of their neighbors, except the house of the mysterious Arthur Radley. The book is mostly about Scout, Jem, and Dill (their new friend) trying to lure Arthur Radley out of his house. However, when Atticus, a lawyer, decides to take the case of a black man named Tom Robinson, tensions become high and the trial to see whether Tom Robinson is guilty or innocent based on his crime and, especially, his skin color is at stake.

To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior, innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. This novel does a great job at showing the small-town life, allowing readers to walk in the shoes of a character after another. This book is one that no one should miss.

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Aug 09, 2020

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Renzy00
Aug 08, 2020

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AnushaU
Aug 01, 2020

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smhgeo422
Jul 25, 2020

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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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gurjassingh
Jun 14, 2020

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May 25, 2020

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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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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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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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