"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." — Madeleine L'Engle

Thursday, December 23, 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Published: 1960
Pages: 323
Rating: 5/5
Summary: One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publications in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century.

Review: When I first started reading this book I didn't know what to expect. I had heard a lot of this book and knew that it had been banned in some places.

I didn't really understand the beginning but as I read I started to understand what the book was about. This book covers a lot of what was happening in the country during the 1920s and 1930s. We get to see how the people of Maycomb county don't treat the people of color the way they should. All book is basically going the story of how Jem broke his arm.

The narrator is a little girl named Jean Louise that goes by Scout, who is the sister of Jem and daughter of Atticus. Even though she was so small she knew that what others were saying about her father was wrong and wanted to stand up for him. At the time that the book takes place it isn't common for girls to act the way that Scout does but I'm sure if people were doing the wrong things they were doing I would've acted like she did.

Jem was a good brother. He was sometimes mean to Scout but in the end he was always looking out for her. Since he was bigger he understood more of why the people reacted the way they did even if he didn't agree with them. All through the book he goes through changes and at the end the reader can see that he will become a great man just like Atticus.

Atticus was the one that made the story the way it is. He had to stand up for what he believed in. Others in Maycomb talked about how he was just ruining himself for helping an African American, even his family. I think that he showed how there were some people who weren't in agreement with what most people thought but at the same time they couldn't do much to change things even though they tried.

This was an amazing book that had much in it. It talked about so many things that may still be happening today in this country even after so many years. I liked how at the end Atticus was willing to do what was right even if it meant his family would be affected. This is definitively a book that I think everyone should read.


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