To Kill a Mockingbird (slipcased edition)

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Harper Collins, Oct 17, 2006 - Fiction - 336 pages
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At the age of eight, Scout Finch is an entrenched free-thinker. She can accept her father's warning that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, because mockingbirds harm no one and give great pleasure. The benefits said to be gained from going to school and keeping her temper elude her.

The place of this enchanting, intensely moving story is Maycomb, Alabama. The time is the Depression, but Scout and her brother, Jem, are seldom depressed. They have appalling gifts for entertaining themselves—appalling, that is, to almost everyone except their wise lawyer father, Atticus.

Atticus is a man of unfaltering good will and humor, and partly because of this, the children become involved in some disturbing adult mysteries: fascinating Boo Radley, who never leaves his house; the terrible temper of Mrs. Dubose down the street; the fine distinctions that make the Finch family "quality"; the forces that cause the people of Maycomb to show compassion in one crisis and unreasoning cruelty in another.

Also because Atticus is what he is, and because he lives where he does, he and his children are plunged into a conflict that indelibly marks their lives—and gives Scout some basis for thinking she knows just about as much about the world as she needs to.

 

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User Review  - Suraya (thesuraya) - Goodreads

NOW I CAN PROUDLY SAY IVE READ TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. That's an achievement in itself :p Told from the perspective of a 9 years old little girl, it surely made the story different. If it was told from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Veiledhorizon - Goodreads

It's such a beautiful tale about the lives of families living in Maycomb! This book dealt with racism too and that all races deserve equality. I really loved all the characters! They were realistic. This truly felt like a real story. Read full review

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Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntington College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Pulitzer Prize, and many other accolades.

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