Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
My Rating: 4.5
Good for ages: 13 +
Summary: The story is told through the perspective of a ten year old girl growing up in Alabama in the 1930’s. She tells of life with here lawyer father, older brother, and the colored maid. The children are taught not to be prejudiced but they soon learn that even in their nice little town colored people are looked down upon.
When their father is appointed to defend a colored man against a white man the town explodes.
My Thoughts: I read this book after a friend recommended it to me.
I would recommend caution. This book deals with racial prejudice and rape; though told from the perspective of a young girl who doesn’t completely understand what’s going on.
Racial prejudice is so sad and I really respect the character, Atticus, for his stand against it.
Overall, a great book and I’m very glad I read it.
My Favorite Quotes:
~Mr. Avery said it was written on the Rosetta Stone that when children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war with each other, the seasons would change: Jem and I were burdened with the guilt of contributing to the aberrations of nature, thereby causing unhappiness to our neighbors and discomfort to ourselves.
~ The next morning I awoke, looked out the window and nearly died of fright. My screams brought Atticus from his bathroom half-shaven.
“The world’s endin’, Atticus! Please do something-!” I dragged him to the window and pointed.
“No it’s not,” he said. “It’s snowing.”
~ He would return his hat to his head, swing me to his shoulders in her very presence, and we would go home in the twilight. It was times like theses when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.
~ Lula stopped, but she said, “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here- they got their church, we got our’n. It’s our church, ain’t it, Miss Cal?”
Calpurnia said, “It’s the same God, ain’t it?”
~ As I made my way home, I thought Jem and I would get grown but there wasn’t much else left for us to learn, except possibly algebra.
Where can you get this book: Amazon, your local library.