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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 exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to 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 of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much. To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.

Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0028179625
ISBN-13: 9780028179629
67 Book Reviews
  • scythe123
    scythe123about 1 year55 stars
    This book is really good. It contains some mature themes and profanity, such as racism and other things. In the middle of the book, a court case appears where the main character's dad is supposed to defend a black man accused of a really bad crime. This is a great book for kids in middle school, I read it in elementary. I think it takes a while before it gets really good. If you think it starts to get boring, read on. The end is sad, but is definitely worth reading.
    • zarkinpants
      zarkinpantsabout 1 year55 stars
      Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most famous classics.The book is set during the 1930s in the town of Maycomb in the South. Scout , the main character is a 6 year old girl whose father is a lawyer. She and her brother Jem are interested in Boo Radely, their neighbor who never comes out of his house. When their father is appointed to defend a black man accused of crimes against a white girl, Scout begins to realize the town's feelings against black people. This book is great because it teaches many valuable lessons.
      • purple_peach744
        purple_peach744over 1 year55 stars
        To Kill a Mockingbird is about 8 year old Scout and her childhood growing up in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. Scout lives with her Dad and older brother Jeremy in a peaceful neighborhood as she follows the ups and downs of life. I recommend this book for 10+. I absolutely loved this book!
        • helloover 1 year
          i want to read it
          • mercury_dust
            mercury_dustover 1 year55 stars
            This story focuses on 8 year old Scout, a young girl growing up in Maycomb, Alabama. I recommend it for ages 13 and up, it follows Scout as she learns about racial injustice and it teaches a lot of important life lessons, it contains some cursing and profanity.
            • erpandareader
              erpandareaderover 1 year55 stars
              OMG!! I luv this! their are some bad words tho...
              • belle252
                belle252about 2 years55 stars
                This is a very good book and teaches a lot of life lessons in general, This book is narrated through a little girl names Scout, now this story is from a long time ago and is from Scouts perspective of things like lynching and racism. In this town people really don't accept black people and really won't listen to them no matter. Scout is white and so is her father. Her father is lawyer and gets a case and it is to defend a black person. Many people don't accept them because a white man can't help a black man win against a white man that would be against the beliefs everyone believed in. In the court case you can really see how even though the black man is telling the truth no one seems to care and the judge being white favors the white man. This is a very interesting book and I would definitely recommend reading it.
                • lovetoread26
                  lovetoread26over 2 years55 stars
                  This book is so awesome! It is about a girl named Jean Louise (Scout) and her life in Alabama in the 1930s. Her father is a lawyer, and he is very busy, but also very kind to her and her brother Jeremy (Jem). This book is kind of mysterious at some parts, and I would not recommend it for anyone under 10. I hope this review helps someone find a good book to read!
                  • fidelis24044over 2 years
                    To kill a Mockingbird is a great book. At first when I picked up the book to start reading it in school. I thought the book was going to be boring but, it wasn't.
                    • bobover 2 years
                      This book is so boring and incredibly hard to read. I’m a freshman in high school (technically I should be an eighth grader if we were basing our grades by our ages) and I can’t get through two paragraphs without zoning out because it is so boring. I know it’s a classic so no one really cares if it’s boring because all the classics are boring, but I’d have to argue that if you want an interesting book to read in your free time, this book isn’t it. Go with a newer book, maybe one where the author is still alive and it wasn’t written way before our time.