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To Kill a Mockingbird is the first novel written Harper Lee of Monroeville, Alabama. Its primary themes are racial and class prejudice. The story is told by young Scout Finch, who lives with her father Atticus, a lawyer, and her older brother Jem in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama.

The people in Maycomb are dealing with some serious social issues. A young black man has been accused of raping a white girl. Still taboo today, it was an act considered especially egregious in the Deep South of the 1930s. As the children of Atticus Finch, who is appointed to defend the accused, Scout and Jem observe and experience much of the fallout of the man’s trial. They learn that sometimes people aren’t always what they seem. They also learn that sometimes people are exactly who they seem to be. Perhaps most importantly, they learn that heroes can come in the most unexpected forms.

More than 50 years after its original publication, To Kill a Mockingbird continues to be embraced as a piece of classic literature, and it is still regularly read in schools throughout the United States.

“Mockingbird still says what it has to say; it has managed to survive the years without preamble.”  - Harper Lee, from the Foreword of the 35th Anniversary Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the great American classic novels. Taught in schools throughout the nation, it offers up a tale told by young Scout Finch, who—even as a young child—must deal with an array of social and racial issues that is still relevant today. Scout depends on the love and guidance of her father, Atticus Finch, and the protection of her older brother Jem along with conventional and unconventional friendships as she learns lessons about life, truth, and self-preservation in the Deep South of the 1930s. 

Scout Finch and her brother Jem come of age through the experience of dealing with the turmoil that surrounds their family when their attorney father Atticus is appointed to represent a young black man accused of raping a poor white woman in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Along the way, they experience friendships that defy color and social stigma; they learn the importance of the truth and face the reality that many people will trade character and integrity for comfort.

To Kill a Mockingbird’s author, Harper Lee, is said to have based the book on her own young life in Monroeville, AL, and to have modeled Atticus Finch on her father, Amasa Lee. She won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel in 1997, and it has remained her only published work. Recently, Lee published a book that she wrote before Mockingbird, and it was published in July of 2015. Go Set a Watchman is not the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird but is the parent book on which Mockingbird was based.

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Audiobook CD
ISBN 0061120081
EAN 9780061120084
Target Group  
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date May 23, 2006
Copyright Date Jan 1, 1960
Binding Paperback
May 23, 2006
Jan 1, 1960