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To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)

by Harper Lee

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Series: To Kill a Mockingbird (1)

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The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.
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    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (dele2451, rosylibrarian, chrisharpe)
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    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Caramellunacy, rosylibrarian)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories are about a young girl in the South coming to terms with racism. Secret Life of Bees features an teenaged protagonist whereas To Kill a Mockingbird's Scout is quite a bit younger, but I thought there were themes that resonated between the two.… (more)
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    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (paulkid)
    paulkid: There are many similarities between these books. For example, a strong father-daughter relationship, where the father teaches by example by taking the moral high ground in protecting a persecuted minority - also kids that break down the barriers between secluded and socially awkward neighbors through books and sundry shenanigans.… (more)
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    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Caramellunacy, Anonymous user, Anonymous user)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories about a young girl coming of age in the South and racial intolerance. Also both beautiful reads! To Kill a Mockingbird is told by Scout Finch - the daughter of the town lawyer called upon to defend an African-American man accused of rape. Roll of Thunder is told from the point of view of the daughter of a cotton-picking family who only slowly grows to realize the extent of prejudice her family faces.… (more)
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    Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (EerierIdyllMeme)
    EerierIdyllMeme: Very different novels exploring similar themes
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    Native Son by Richard Wright (DanLovesAlice)
    DanLovesAlice: An African-American facing an uphill battle against a highly prejudiced jury and public. Wright, like Lee, explores the dangers of the stereotypes created by insular and ignorant societies.
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    Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (atimco)
    atimco: These books share a precocious narrator, vital family relationships, and themes that are funny and sad and thought provoking all at the same time. Extremely well written and engaging.
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    Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote (Othemts)
    Othemts: These books are two sides of the same coin of life in a small Alabama town. Where there's dignity and hope in Mockingbird, Other Voices is decadence and demoralization
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    Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (bnbookgirl)
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    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (sturlington)
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    Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (eclt83)
    eclt83: Goodnight, Mr Tom is as touching as To kill a mockingbird. Problems in society causes pain for the weaker.
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    A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines (rarm)
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    The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark (mysterymax)
    mysterymax: This book also explores mob/vigilante thinking and is a classic in its own way.
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    Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence (kxlly)
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    The Stones of Mourning Creek by Diane Les Becquets (Sadie-rae_Kieran)
    Sadie-rae_Kieran: Similar setting, 1960's in the south. Deals with some similar issues as well,including racism/discrimination. Though sad at times, a beautiful and touching story.
  16. 51
    Scottsboro Boy by Haywood Patterson (lilithcat)
    lilithcat: For the real story of race relations in Alabama in the thirties, read this autobiography of Haywood Patterson, one of several young black men judicially railroaded for the rape of two young white women, and sentenced to death. A national and international campaign ultimately resulted in their exonerations, but their lives had already been destroyed.… (more)
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    The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (aamirq)
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    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (LKAYC)
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    The Little Friend by Donna Tartt (DLSmithies, Anonymous user)
    DLSmithies: The settings and atmospheres of both books are very similar.
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    Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (chrisharpe)

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wonderfull! ( )
  beaudaignault | Jul 14, 2024 |
* I own this book. *

To Kill a Mockingbird was amazing classic fiction set in 1930s, Maycomb, Alabama. It was a story about economical, racial, political, and societal issues during the era; about principles, morals, righteousness, justice; most importantly, this book is about humanity, compassion and tolerance.

There was so much to talk about in this book that I’m having difficulty putting my thoughts into words. I could see why it is a classroom book. We study regional stories in India so I never read this book in school but I wish I could have.

Scout (Jean Louise) was most adorable and my favorite character of the book. She was tomboyish, smart, fierce girl who spoke her mind. She defied everything that society said a girl should do. She was sweet little innocent child yet she had high understanding and moral compass that adults failed to have. I so wish my kid grown up like her. 😉

Jem was elder brother of Scout who followed the footstep of his father, Atticus. He held the same calmness, wisdom and principles of Atticus. He was a great brother and a son. Author portrayed his emotions and growing age perfectly in the book.

Atticus was father figure every child wish to have. I have deep respect and love for this character. It’s not easy to have firm hold on your thoughts and principles in the society this book had and still he did his job wonderfully. He taught Scout and Jem all the right things. What I loved about him most was the way he answered all the questions to his kids. He never gave false stories or avoided conversation just because topic was too serious or meant for matured adult, and most importantly he let his children be themselves against all the conservative traditional rules of society.

Dill was friend of Jem and Scout. he was the only one I had a bit difficulty in understanding. He was another word for exaggeration. He made so much story around the truth that I didn’t believed half the thing he said. But I liked him anyway. He was fun to read.

Calpurnia was African-American cook of Finch family. She was more than that, she was like a mother to Jem and Scout. I just loved her for everything she did for this family.

What I liked-
The writing was easy, free flowing and engaging. Characters were charm of the book. Plot setting gave the view of how studies and people are used to be in that time period. How girls expected to behave ladylike, how a small town people grows within the community and how new systems wither political or educational affects the community. It was utterly mesmerizing to read it all from an 8 yrs old character.

Scout’s perspective gave the touch of innocence and humor to the heavy subject of the book. It was amusing to read her thoughts. I smiled ear to ear whenever I read her mischiefs and when she stood up for her family.

First part introduced many characters and gave a vivid outline of Maycomb, Finch family and people of Maycomb. At first, it took time for me to adjust with whole new setting but once I got a grip, I didn’t want to put this book down. Boo Radley and scary Radley house was a mystery of the book that held me to book till the end. It gave the book a scary and mysterious element. Every time kids plot something to get Boo Radley out of the house I held my breath.

The second part of the book, the case of Tom Robinson was written skillfully that created tension in the book. Characters developed nicely in this part. It also showed readers and characters the other side of the story and that people are not always how society predicts them. Many characters were viewed wrongly in this book than they actually were and the way both Scout and Jem learned about this was remarkable. I loved that court room session. Atticus was fabulous in that scene.

I didn’t expect that sudden attack and appearance of unexpected character near the end. It was tense and engaging. I heard the next book in series, Go Set a Watchman, is not like this book but anyhow I’m going to buy it and read it soon.

Overall, it was captivating, dramatic, insightful, brilliantly written classic that recommend to all reader of all age.

Now I definitely feel like I should read more classics.

You can read all my reviews on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews ( )
  BooksTeacupReviews | Jun 28, 2024 |
A heartwarming story ( )
  heolinhdam | Jun 25, 2024 |
To say I've read a story is an understatement. To say I've read a tale is also an understatement. Yet, to say I've read an experience is the truth. This book, holds such a truth through the ages most people fail to experience. Now the sequel, Go Set A Watchman is dreadful and completely ruins Atticus Finch but this this is pure. This is beautiful this is everything a book should be and more. Digestible. Teachable. Fluid. Fantastical. If you are a read such as myself you will hopefully appreciate this book for its ebbs and flows. What a wonderful story and I will always love this story very dear and true for the author who crafted this piece of American literature :) ( )
  Dreynolds12 | Jun 17, 2024 |
I usually prefer to enjoy my reading material rather than having to parse it's deeper meaning, so I can sometimes be rather reluctant to read books that are critically acclaimed and/or considered classics, since they are often difficult to understand. I'd heard so many wonderful things about To Kill a Mockingbird that I finally decided to take a chance on it when it was chosen as a book club read for the GoodReads Readers Against Prejudice and Racism group of which I am a part. I was very pleasantly surprised at what an easy read it was, while at the same time conveying a deep and layered message, not only about prejudice but also about standing up for what's right, that I know will stay with me, probably for the rest of my life. Another astonishing thing about the book to me was the number of lighthearted if not downright funny moments it contained. This is something I never would have expected from a book that tackled such a serious and controversial issue for its time. In my opinion, Harper Lee is an amazing writer, and I was absolutely stunned to discover that To Kill a Mockingbird was the only novel she ever wrote. However, I suppose there's nowhere else to go once you've won the highest honor in the writing world, a Pulitzer Prize, and she certainly made her one shot count in a huge way.

Young Scout Finch is the first-person narrator of the story. She is only about six or seven when it opens, but more than two years pass by as Ms. Lee builds up to the penultimate events of the book, by which time Scout is nine years old. She is a tomboy who's as smart as a whip and a precocious reader. When her first grade teacher told her she had to stop reading because her daddy was teaching her all wrong and first-graders weren't supposed to read, I had to laugh. It was ludicrously funny but also a sad commentary on our educational system. I just loved Scout's enthusiasm for reading. She joked that her brother, Jem, said she was born reading and she couldn't remember a time when she couldn't read. In this way, Scout very much reminded me of myself. I thought it was fascinating how Scout, in her child's mind, thinks of her father as old, decrepit, and thoroughly boring. She doesn't think he has any real skills or has accomplished anything. It was an absolute joy to watch Scout's opinion of Atticus gradually grow and change as she matures and begins to see him in an entirely new light through, not only the big trial, but all the little things he does.

I loved Scout's relationship with her brother. She and Jem fight like siblings often do, but at the same time they were very close. I like how Jem is a little gentleman, always looking out for Scout. It was wonderful how closely he actually watches their father, and subtly emulates him. When their summertime friend and neighbor, Dill, gets in on the action, these three can get into lots of amusing mischief. Seeing the world through these kids eyes was a positively delightful experience. Dill is quite good at creating wild yarns. I just knew he was destined to be a writer someday;-) (for anyone who doesn't know Dill is patterned on Harper Lee's childhood friend and neighbor, Truman Capote). The lessons that the kids learn are deeply touching. Whether it's how they go from being scared of their reclusive neighbor Boo Radley to beginning to understand why he stays away from people; or learning from Mrs. Dubose, the cranky old lady who likes to hurl insults at them, that things aren't always as they seem; or the tough lessons they learned about injustice through Tom Robinson's trial, they are on a constant journey of discovery, both of the world around them and themselves that often brought tears to my eyes.

If I were Scout, I'd think that I had the best dad in the world, but since I'm much, much closer to Atticus's age than Scout's, I'd have to say that he has become my latest literary crush. He is just quite simply an amazing man. Some people think that he's a questionable father who lets his kids run wild, because he doesn't spank them and they have a tendency to speak their mind. To the contrary, I believe he was a man who led by quiet example, and showed his kids how to be good citizens by teaching them to think critically for themselves. I love how Atticus just naturally speaks with “bigger” words and doesn't dumb it down for his children, but instead allows them to ask for clarification if they don't understand something, always answering their questions with complete honesty. That's how I tend to be, and I think kids can learn more that way. Atticus is a very wise man who sees many facets to the world around him. He is a kind, loving, gentle soul who always seems to see the good in people. He's a true gentleman, a brilliant attorney, an honorable and humble man who fights for what's right no matter what. If more men were like Atticus Finch, the world, without a doubt, would be a much better place.

To Kill a Mockingbird is another of those books which sadly, over fifty years after its release, is still found at the top of the ALA's most banned/challenged books list. It does contain some profanities, mostly mild, but a couple of more moderate ones including taking the Lord's name in vain twice. There is also a number of instances where the derogatory “n” word is used for African Americans, but given the time and setting of the book, it never seemed overdone or out of place to me. There is also the mature subject matter of a black man being wrongly accused of raping a white girl, but since it is all told through the eyes of a nine year-old child, everything has a certain air of innocence to it, with nothing ever really being spelled out explicitly. In spite of this potentially objectionable content, I still feel that the book is fully appropriate for high school level students. In my opinion, the positive role model that Atticus presents and the positive messages contained within the book's pages, far outweigh any possible detractors. I personally think it would be an absolute travesty to ban a book as thought-provoking as this one, and in fact, would encourage everyone, teens and up, to read it at least once.

I'm so glad I finally picked up To Kill a Mockingbird. The courtroom scenes were extremely well-written and appear to reflect Ms. Lee's personal experience with the law. Some parts of the story were a little slow at times, but never boring and always worth the wait for something more exciting to happen. Every character and every little side story added flavor, color and depth to this wonderful tale. The message it conveys is a timeless one. It is one of the most, if not the most, affecting book I've ever read centering around the themes of prejudice and racism. To Kill a Mockingbird has without a doubt earned a spot on my keeper shelf and has become a new all-time favorite book for me. ( )
  mom2lnb | May 18, 2024 |
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Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
~ Charles Lamb
For Mr. Lee and Alice
in consideration of Love & Affection
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When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
Please spare Mockingbird an Introduction. (From the Foreword by Harper Lee)
Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions, but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Not from, but about To Kill a Mockingbird, with apologies:

Monroeville, Alabama
January, 1966

Editor, The News Leader:

Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board’s activities, and what I’ve heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read.

Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that “To Kill a Mockingbird” spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners. To hear that the novel is “immoral” has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of doublethink.

I feel, however, that the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism. Therefore I enclose a small contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.

Harper Lee
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The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" was my absolute favorite books to read in school. I would maybe wait to have students read this until middle High School but I think it can be a great learning experience for students. The topics of this book raises awareness about rape, racial inequality, and family. The way that my teacher in High School set up her lesson was that she had everyone in her classroom dress up like a character from a book and make everyone talk and act like that given character. It was fun to watch what everyone wanted to dress like so it will for sure go into my teacher toolbox.
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Scout recalls her youth
Mad dogs, rabid mob threaten
Lawyer Dad defends.
Dad says it's O.K.
To kill a blue jay. But not
A mockingbird. Why?

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