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Awesome book and amazing narration! I have read the print version before, but the narration in the audiobook really brought this story to life.
This was my first time reading TKAM. I ADORE Scout ... and Atticus and Jem! The movie is great, and the book is definitely worth savoring and not rushing. Absolutely worth a reread. It's a beautiful, poignant story, and right now especially timely.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an eye-opening historical fiction novel. This book follows a young girl, Scout Finch, as she grows up in the south. She is the daughter of a well-known lawyer in her town and when her father, Atticus, takes on a case to defend an innocent black man she learns many valuable lessons. Throughout this novel, as Scout grows up she learns about racism and prejudice in her town.
This book is a beautiful piece of writing that everyone should read once in their life. One thing I loved about this book is that it is told from the POV as a young girl. Since this book is told from a younger person she has not learned about things such as prejudice and racism but once she does you can see the change in her perspective. Throughout this book, we see her as she grows up and goes through new experiences. Next, I love how easily this book can teach young readers about topics that are harder to talk about. Lee puts these topics in a straightforward and easy way to learn so it does not seem boring or unimportant. Lastly, I loved the main character, Scout. She has an amazing personality that is very likable and will make you want to keep reading this book.
In conclusion, this is an amazing book that I would recommend to everyone. This is a quick and easy read that you can learn many things from! -Eunchae, Grade 10
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a story that takes place in a southern town. The main character, Scout, is a young girl whose father (she calls by his name- Atticus) is a lawyer. Atticus is helping a Black man named Tom Robinson,
who is accused of raping a white woman. The story shows the injustice of the political system during this time, and how racism and personal opinions could easily sway the court to choose a side, even if there is no evidence. This
story is unique since the court case that Atticus is fighting is told through the lens of Scout, who is only a young kid who doesn't understand a lot of what is happening.
I first read this book when I was in seventh grade. However, I didn't appreciate the story until I was in high school. I like this story and the themes behind them. I would recommend for everyone to read this book at least once.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jem and Scout Finch are the mischievous children of Atticus. Through their curiosity, they learn about Boo Radley, a so-rumored crazed psychopath who lives in their neighborhood. Meanwhile, Atticus faces his own challenges in his job as a lawyer trying to defend a black man in a racist city. Harper Lee creates a powerful and meaningful message about racism primarily through Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. The novel has a wide vocabulary which will sometimes require a dictionary, but in general, is not too challenging.
Set in the mundane town of Maycomb, Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird describes the efforts of a man named Atticus Finch fighting for justice for a convicted black man, Tom Robinson, through the eyes of Scout Finch. She, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill spend the days together being fascinated by the Radley Place, home to Arthur Radley who has supposedly lived there for a number of years without leaving. During the trial for Tom Robinson, they sit in the “colored balcony,” where they inspect the trial taking place. This classic novel, exploring justice and racism in the southern states during the Great Depression, allows readers to understand and personally connect with how colored people were perceived by non-colored people in the past. Lee also effectively describes the ideal parenting using Atticus, Scout, and Jem. I would recommend this book to any child in middle school and up as it explores racism, prejudice, and parenting in an insightful and inspiring way.
To Kill a Mockingbird
The novel To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee is a book that everyone should read. It is definitely an adventurous book and keeps you wondering. This book focuses on right and wrong in life. It is about Harper Finch, a young boy who is known as a hero due to his undying morality. This book is also set in the 1930s and is such an inspiring novel. I would definitely recommend this book to others because it is such a great read and the author did an amazing job.
Most times, it is difficult to see past preconceived prejudice, especially if one is born in a town replete with it. Harper Lee underscores the blatant racism and heavy prejudice that existed in Alabama in the 1930s in her celebrated novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Young Scout and her brother Jem witness these brutal injustices as they watch their father, Atticus Finch, defend a wrongly accused black man in a sexual assault case. Furthermore, Scout, Jem, and their friend Dill become intrigued with the supposedly monstrous, reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley. Over time, they learn lessons of tolerance, acceptance, and the ability to see things from a different perspective as they navigate the stereotypes in Maycomb. This coming-of-age novel primarily focuses on themes of morality and empathy, for these are crucial points that Atticus emphasizes throughout the novel, especially as he attempts to instill them into his children.
This is an extremely popular, well-known book, and for good reason. There are so many components and elements to analyze, all seen through the eyes of Scout. It is interesting to see such controversial and important issues through the perspective of a child, who can view it in a much more simplistic manner. I especially enjoyed the emphasis on empathy, as Atticus continuously stresses the need to be able to see things from a different point of view, an ability that should be much more prevalent in society. A variety of critical issues are addressed, and the audience can make their own decision on what type of people the characters are based on their reactions to these issues. Furthermore, the fact that Dill is based on her childhood friend and equally amazing writer Truman Capote adds an element of joy and humor to the story. Overall, it is extraordinarily well-written and the language is not difficult to understand, which makes it popular as a classroom novel. It is an amazing work that you can learn a lot from, so I highly recommend this classic piece of literature.
Age rating: 12+
Star rating: 5 stars
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a beautiful story about a young girl, Scout Finch, navigating a racist and sexist world. Her father, an esteemed lawyer takes on a case of an innocent black man that was to be executed. Scout starts to see the subtle hate against her family grow for supporting a black man in a racist world. Also as the trial continues, Scout and her brother Jem have many adventures, some with strong sexist and racist undertones, teaching the reader how women and people of color are treated in those times. Other adventures are instead lighthearted and amusing. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 since it stays interesting and lively while teaching the reader about very heavy and dark subjects. This book was an easy read because the author’s style allows the reader to follow the story easily and pick up on the specific nuances of the plot. I would recommend this book to 12+ readers interested in coming of age/fiction books since the book is easy to follow along but some of the vocabulary is too complex for younger readers and follows a young girl into adulthood.
To Kill A Mockingbird describes the life of a young Southern girl during the 1930s. Scout Finch’s life turns upside down when her lawyer father takes on a case to defend an innocent black man in court. Only six years old, Scout is forced to grow up as she is thrown into the real world of racial injustice and prejudice. Her small town reveals its true colors as she is punished for her father’s work. Scout’s naïve innocence at the beginning of the novel, symbolically expressed as the mockingbird, is poisoned by the racist society set in its ways. Her struggle to understand humanity’s good and evil is beautifully described by Lee who grew up in a similar environment. The symbolism and metaphorical writing truly convey a superficial society ruining everything good and innocent it touches. This novel has multiple layers of meaning to analyze, each metaphor more enjoyable than the last.
This book takes place in the sleepy Alabama town of Maycomb. We are introduced to Scout, Jem, and their widowed father Atticus, who is a lawyer. Plenty of incidents in the novel forces Scout to re-evaluate her own beliefs. The author touches upon the themes of the existence of social inequality and prejudice. Differences in the social hierarchy are explored. Discussions about prejudice, racism in particular, bring us to the most memorable scenes in the novel. I think this is a book for ages 15 and up! @grumpycat of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Yes, I am aware of the fact that this book has been talked about to death at this point. Most people that are interested in To Kill a Mockingbird have most likely already read it. But despite this I would still like to discuss it. It’s good. There’s no excellent reason as to why this is, it is just simply a great book from start to finish. It is very rare to find a book that can consistently keep me engaged throughout, as the book introduces a tension that continues and continues to grow with every interaction we as the readers have with the antagonist. The characters that initially seem simple blossom into these fully realized characters after we see their reactions and thoughts to events that happen in the book. And all while the book stays grounded and feels real. So to conclude, I believe that To Kill a Mockingbird is exceptional in everything it tries to accomplish. I would definitely recommend to anyone. Rating: 5/5
@headinabook of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
To Kill a Mockingbird is the 1960 coming of age story written by Harper Lee. This classic novel is very popular in many English classes as it's easy to analyze its various themes and even apply them to everyday life. The book describes Scout and Dill’s struggle of joining the adult world and losing their childhood innocence. Although the beginning of the novel is rather slow, I found that after the introduction of the trial that I was rather intrigued by the book's premise. Many of these issues are still prevalent today and the innocence of a child's account of it was very refreshing to read. My only complaint is the slight white savior complex near the end of it. I highly recommend giving this book a read at least once in your lifetime. 4 Stars
@Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
To Kill a MockingBird is a classic award winning novel that I enjoyed reading. As a young adult reader, I found this book moderately interesting to read. When I read books, I like to read exciting books that make me want to continue reading after each page. To Kill a Mockingbird was not one of those books. I wasn’t very inclined to read the next page as most of the story was boring. The book was also hard to understand and I had to reread some parts multiple times. However, I feel as though this book would appeal to adults as matured readers would like the deep message that this book provides. It would also be easier to understand from the adult-perspective because of the challenging theme and vocabulary. All in all, if you are a young adult reader, I suggest you find a book with a more interesting plot line that is easier to understand. If you are an adult reader, give this book a try as the message is meant for more mature audiences. I rate this book a 3/5.
@JamesDashnerd of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
To Kill a Mocking Bird is definitely a famous classic for many reasons. No matter how many times you read this book, it never really fails to have the same effect it always does. This book is so mind-opening and gives people so much to think about. There are so many different and important morals and messages in this story that makes it perfect for anyone in anytime. Despite the fact that it is an old book, it holds meaning to our present-day and I believe it will continue to hold its strong morals throughout many years in the future. Although there are many messages, the big picture in the book is to be brave and do the right thing, even in the worst situations. 5 stars
@avacadojai of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
To Kill a Mockingbird is a book written by Harper Lee. It is about a young girl named
Scout Fitch who talks about her childhood at Maycomb Alabama in the 1930s. Her father Atticus is a lawyer who has to prove an African man innocent, even though he knows that whatever he
does won’t save the African man since this story occurs in the 1930s when people were
discriminated against. Throughout the story Scout learns a lot about her father and her
surroundings. Other than the story of her father, Scout also talks about a man Boo Radley who
is known to be kind of strange. They try to meet him due to the scary rumors they hear about
him. I like this story as it talks about a young girl living in the Age of Depression with a father
who is working hard to make everyone equal. This story teaches us about life and death and is
a glimpse of the past.
This follow Scout Finch's life in the Deep South as an 8 year old white girl who's the daughter of Atticus Finch, the defendant for a black man's trial.
4/5: The writing style is very interesting. It has a lot of nuance and can imply a lot of different things in a few words. I like it. I also like the ending. I read this book in 6th grade on my own (I wanted to seem smart) but I barely remember anything. This book though is packed with themes of racism, justice, femininity, etc. Overall I enjoyed it. I thought the ending would be depressing, but it ended on a happier note, which made me like this book a lot more.
What I Take Away: Don't kill mockingbird. All they do is sing. Why kill something that only sings and brings joy?
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.