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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Year: 1960

Famous for: Boo Radley, Atticus’s rifle skills, a ham costume.

Main character: The spunky Scout Finch, who tells the story about the years before and after her attorney father defended a black man for a crime against a white woman in their small southern town.

The scoop:

In the sleepy little town of Maycomb, Alabama, the most excitement that ever goes on is when Scout Finch and her brother, Jem, try to catch a glimpse of Maycomb’s most mysterious citizen: The ghostly Boo Radley. The most excitement, that is, until the summer their father, Atticus Finch, signs up to defend Tom Robinson, a black man (falsely) accused of raping a white woman.

But Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is about so much more than Scout and Jem and Boo and Tom. It’s about prejudice. It’s about courage. It’s about what happens when innocence comes into contact with evil (and vice versa).

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