To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

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Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South--and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred

One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father--a crusading local lawyer--risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, 1999.
Edition: 40th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780060935467
0060935464
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lee Harper
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,21 cm.

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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an... Read More »

Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the deep south defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl - One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translat... Read More »

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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 rela... Read More »

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JCLBeckyC May 17, 2014

This is my favorite book of all time. In the 1930s, while her father defends a black man unjustly accused of raping a white woman in small-town Alabama, young, plucky Scout Finch discovers that the world is unfair, but unlikely heroes help us at unexpected times. Highly recommended.

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solismommy Oct 22, 2010

One of my favorite books of all time!


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navy_dolphin_421
Nov 05, 2019

A classic, and a book everyone should read in their lifetime! This is an all-time-favorite.

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Scottyjay74
Oct 27, 2019

"Great American Novel" is not a cliché. This is it.

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juliamlynch
Oct 20, 2019

A must read, can't put it down

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nal_0
Sep 17, 2019

This book is a timeless classic that everyone should read once in their lives. The lessons remain present even now and will stay important in the future. The characters change throughout the book in positive ways. It also is just in general an interesting book that I recommend to all.

YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Aug 06, 2019

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that exposes the injustices of discrimination in the South in the 20th century. Scout is a young girl whose father is a lawyer representing an African American man in an upcoming case in a small Alabama town. Tom Robinson has been accused of attacking a white woman when in reality, her father had beaten her. The result of this trial impacts Scout and her brother, Jem, for life. Meanwhile, Scout also has her own problem of attempting to entice her mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley, to make an appearance. To find out if she succeeds at meeting Boo, I recommend you read this heart-wrenching book that will surely make you despise prejudice in any form. On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate this book a 5 because it was beautifully written and probably the only school-required reading I enjoyed. Catherine P., grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

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RDJohannes
Jul 07, 2019

This is one of several novels I have read in the past couple of years as I generally read only documented history! After reading, I took the opportunity to watch (in entirity) the acclaimed movie. The movie is remarkably consistent with the book, a fact unique to many movie works of famous books!

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GreenDog2006
Jun 01, 2019

If you haven't read this, please remedy that immediately! And as for "sensitive issues," that's called HISTORY, and we need to read it as it was written to understand that it was real.

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murylurvesburks
May 03, 2019

It is an amazing book! The storyline is phenomenal! The book does bring up some sensitive subjects ,but it isn't too much.

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betsymarzoni
Apr 11, 2019

This superbly crafted classic has resonance today still.

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baldand
Mar 05, 2019

It’s impossible to praise this beautiful novel too highly. Just two quick points about it. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)
First, near the end of the book, Scout narrates: “Jem said he would take me” to a Hallowe’en evening pageant at a high school a short walk from their house. We know that the children in it will appear dressed as different food products of Maycomb County. Scout will be dressed as a ham. What could be more innocuous? This is followed by: “Thus began our longest journey together” which warns the reader that something terrible is about to happen. Thackeray foreshadows in the same way in “Barry Lyndon” but other novelists never do this.
Second, when one of Scout’s classmates tells Scout that her father is a radical, Atticus says to his daughter: “You tell Cecil I’m about as radical as Cotton Tom Heflin”, a white supremacist Alabama politician. So if “Go Set a Watchman” reveals that Atticus held some racist views, they are already hinted at in “To Kill a Mockingbird”. When you think about it, given his milieu, it would have been surprising if Atticus, good man though he was, had been untainted by them.

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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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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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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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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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