To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

Book - 2010 | 50th anniversary ed
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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 : Harper, 2010
Edition: 50th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780061743528
Branch Call Number: FIC LEE
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 21 cm

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fred98115
Mar 21, 2020

Scout Finch's father, Atticus, is assigned to be the lawyer defending a young black man accused of raping a white girl. He seems innocent but is convicted by a jury of the girl's peers. All of this is a lesson in morality for his young daughter. Further, she is attacked but saved by a reclusive neighbor, prompting a comparison to mockingbirds, mostly unseen songsters that should remain alive.

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anne1212li
Mar 16, 2020

To Kill a Mockingbird is a brilliant book filled with themes such as racism, good vs. evil, and social inequality. It shows what life was like for African Americans during the 1960s through, not a victim's eyes, but a witness. Harper has made readers captivated and hooked as the lines blur for Scout, Dill, and Jem. It's a wonderful yet controversial book that proves different views and outlooks.

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red_penguin_917
Mar 12, 2020

Fantastic book. Book has a lot of relevant topics and truly keeps the reader interested throughout the book.

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CCrumley60
Mar 07, 2020

Read Feb 2020. A good read.

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bendimendi
Dec 13, 2019

This book is a must read and is especially powerful given race relations and what was going on when it was first published in 1960. Highly recommended.

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book_luvr_987
Nov 25, 2019

I read this book because it's considered a must-read. While I liked the subplot about the trial of the black man, it seemed a small part of the book that could/should have been fleshed out more. I found the writing to be non-engaging and the plot didn't make me want to keep reading. When I finished, I had the sense that there really wasn't any story, just a series of vignettes of a young girl's life. The author did not make me really care about any of her characters. Other authors have done a better job of looking at racial inequality in America in the first half of the century.

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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.

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rabios
Apr 27, 2019

rabios thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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blue_dog_31717
Sep 07, 2018

blue_dog_31717 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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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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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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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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