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To Kill A Mockingbird

Lee, Harper

(Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
To Kill A Mockingbird
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"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel--a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice--but the weight of history will only tolerate so much. One of the best-loved classics of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It has won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recent, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the century (Library Journal). HarperCollins is proud to celebrate the anniversary of the book's publication with this special hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York,NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, 1999
ISBN: 9780060194994
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEE
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,21 cm

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Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer, likes to spend her summers building treehouses, swimming, and catching lightning bugs with her big brother Jem. But one summer, when a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout's carefree days come to an end. In the county courtroom, she will jo... Read More »

The timeless story about how prejudice -racial, social and economic -affects the small southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. Don't worry about meaning or lesson when you read it, just let the author tell you the story in this vivid character driven book.

This book tells the story of a young girl in the south and her experiences with the unfair trial of an African American man. Beautifully written depiction of a despicable era in American history.
-Kate


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Dec 02, 2014
  • KISSfan1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. I was engrossed to the point I almost felt as thought I knew these people personally.

Nov 23, 2014
  • Cheri_rishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Perfection and simplicity.

Nov 14, 2014
  • SRM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic book that everyone should read.

i think it is very nice book for students in 8 and 9 grades. it has many deep meanings. Although there are people who do not like how serious the book is, but i really enjoyed reading it and the vocabulary in the book was also very great

Nov 05, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's rare to find a novel this perfect. I'd be happy to trade arguments with anyone on the degree of perfection, but there's no doubting the cultural importance and impact of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Also, whether you're 15 or 50, it's just fun to read.

There are a dozen angles to Lee's masterpiece that each alone could warrant volumes of discussion, as I'm sure many have already done so. The glue that holds it together though, the one bit of genius that originally allowed this easily-distracted teenager way back in his 9th grade English class to connect with a story when little else could, was seeing the fictional world of 1930's small town Alabama through the eyes and speech of Jean Louis "Scout" Finch. My childhood bears little resemblance to the town of Maycomb, but imagining myself as a neighbor of Jem and Scout's is as effortless and natural as eating one of Miss Maudie's cakes. That's the power and simplicity of Lee's writing.

Sep 16, 2014
  • AtomicSpatula rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

SPOILER ALERT! This must be one of the WORST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ! I just couldn't stand how boring it was at the beginning of the story, and by the end, it was a predictable ending, not worth reading. In the beginning, Scout opens up the story by yammering on about a river. Nobody gives a s*** about the river! We don't care if your family or someone else's family or even Justin Timberlake's family lived on a river! What I wanted to know is why anyone gives a hoot about this story! It's absolute garbage! The writer epically fails to hold or even originally perk my interest, which if a novel you write has a hard time doing that, you know immediatly you are in trouble. I seriously think the only reason this became a classic is because people affected by the Great Depression could easily connect to it. No other reason. All themes that the author tried to get across in this novel were good, sure, but she completely failed her mission to deliver them.

it was a great book, I coudnt wait to find out what was going to happen in the end

Sep 04, 2014
  • redban rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolute classic, I usually prefer nonfiction but this is easily one of my favorite books. In response to the comment by coppercognac88, yes, the children's perspective of the world is prominent in the theme/literary style; that is something that made this book even more endearing to me, pity it didn't work with you. I found the book very readable, and the childhood nostalgia particularly effective. Perhaps I am biased; I prefer nonfiction (facts!) so I could care less about how sophisticated the literary prose is. With fiction all I ask for is something readable and inspirational, and this book exceeds such expectations.

i dont know about everybody else. I really tried to immerse myself into this book for the first 75-85 pages which pretty much only entailed iliterate children eating gum out of tree stumps and being afraid of a neighbors house. Sorry could not go any futher. Perhaps I should have pushed myself more to get pass page 100. Pretty much felt like a waste of my time.

This is a beautiful book! The writing is older, so it takes a bit of patience at first, but once you get into it, it is an extremely intriguing book. The mystery surrounding Boo Radley had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It really shows you that people can be misjudged so easily.

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Nov 23, 2014
  • Cheri_rishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 30, 2014
  • Red_turkey_30 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 22, 2014
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olive_nightingale_15 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

Jul 17, 2014
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Jul 25, 2013
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RuetheTrueJCC21 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 22

Jul 11, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

platypus101 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jul 01, 2013
  • olive_dove_21 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

olive_dove_21 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 20

Jun 24, 2013
  • Yellow_Cat_297 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Yellow_Cat_297 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jul 21, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A few dark scenes (including the trial and the conclusion of the book).

Jul 21, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Outright mentions of rape, as well as implications of incest.

Jul 21, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Depictions of murder, killings, and such. Lots of childhood fights in the schoolyard and the like.

Jul 21, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of coarse language, including racial slurs.

Jul 21, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A few dark scenes (including the trial and the conclusion of the book).

Jul 21, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Outright mentions of rape, as well as implications of incest.

Jul 21, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Depictions of murder, killings, and such. Lots of childhood fights in the schoolyard and the like.

Jul 21, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of coarse language, including racial slurs.

Jul 17, 2012
  • SummerNightGirl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Tom supposedly raping a women( I kind of forgot the name)

Feb 03, 2011
  • Crheneghan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Jun 19, 2014
  • riddhi_blue_16 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

May 03, 2014
  • green_panda_323 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a persons' consequence"

Nov 26, 2013
  • pb100 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I don't know, but they did it. They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it—seems that only children weep. Good night."

Nov 06, 2013
  • Yarna rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'."

Jul 11, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

Jun 24, 2013
  • Yellow_Cat_297 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 13, 2012
  • VDuran17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"....Atticus, he was real nice....' His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. 'Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."

Jul 17, 2012
  • SummerNightGirl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“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.”

Jun 05, 2012
  • busyinbillspants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.”

Jun 05, 2012
  • busyinbillspants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

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Jun 25, 2014
  • riddhi_blue_16 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 18, 2012
  • kcsnowden8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Scout's father defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town during the 1930s.

In the 1930's, a southern lawyer defends a black man wrongly accused of rape.

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