To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

Book - 1960
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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: London : Heinemann, 1960.
ISBN: 9780060194994
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9780330241182
0330241184
9780749301347
0749301341
9780749398088
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9780099498698
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bookishdl May 10, 2016

Still as captivating as the first time I ever read it. Loved the audio version and narration by Sissy Spacek. So many messages within this thought provoking masterpiece.


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HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged at the Brentwood, TN Middle School (2006) because the book contains “profanity” and “contains adult themes such as sexual intercourse, rape, and incest.” The complainants also contend that the book’s use of racial slurs promotes “racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy.” from www.ala.org American Library Association

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blue_dog_31717
Sep 07, 2018

The book was a HUGE LETDOWN for me. All the raving reviews and must reads for this? Don't get me wrong, the book was good, and the characters lifelike, but it really wasn't that interesting. It was very inconsistent with theme(From school to Jam to family troubles to a old lady to a crazy dog to a trial to a -redacted by writer for spoiler reasons-), with nothing really holding the story together. The only reason I would put this on a priory read list would be too say you've read it. I give this book a 7/10 and a "Would Recommend Reading But With Caution" review.

ArapahoeJillK Aug 29, 2018

Superb story with amazing character development, and moral lessons that are timeless.

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mjk236sb
Jul 15, 2018

Finally caught up with this great book about life in a Southern town in 1935 - written in 1960. Unfortunately some of the things talked about in this story sound too familiar even today. When will ever learn the true meaning of life and how to treat all people?

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zhangyjiangj
Jul 09, 2018

Great book. A must read!

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maroon_horse_64
Jul 02, 2018

A wonderful book about the growing up of a young girl as she grows up and sees her town transform as a result of a rape trial.

apollospacefan May 17, 2018

An already great book but enhanced by narrator Sissy Spacek. Her innocent southern drawl is as close as you could get to Scout’s voice with an adult voice. Made me want to have an even longer commute so I could listen more each trip!

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faithmurri99
Apr 21, 2018

A classic story of childhood and prejudice in a sleepy Southern town. I first read this book in high school for English, but as was the case with many required reads, a certain degree of reluctance kept me from fully appreciating the story. Re-reading it now of my own volition, I found myself really liking the story. It captured the innocence and disregard of childhood, while also showcasing a complex plot that can be understood by adults. While it isn't my favorite book, and given the genre and the story, is not something I would have picked up on my own, I did really enjoy this and I'm glad I read it again, as its morals and messages are still very relevant today.

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Mackaywakefield
Mar 14, 2018

To kill a mockingbird is an amazing book that you must read. it is different to most books I have read but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

SPPL_Anna Mar 13, 2018

One of my favorites and in my opinion the Great American Novel of the 20th century. A beautiful, important book.

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Dec 08, 2017

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Jun 09, 2017

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Dec 29, 2016

violet_dog_8583 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

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Dec 16, 2016

indigo_horse_157 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 76

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Dec 05, 2016

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Kadiamum
Jul 22, 2016

Kadiamum thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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ThePistachioKing
Jul 20, 2016

ThePistachioKing thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Jun 05, 2016

blue_dog_20608 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

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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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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Jan 21, 2016

He would be there with Jem all night...and he would be there when he woke up in the morning.

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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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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

“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.”

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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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