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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, tells the story of a young girl, Jean Louise (Scout) Finch. The novel was popular at the time of its publication, though the book has also encountered censorship battles. Recently, librarians voted the book the best novel of the 20th century.
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'To Kill a Mockingbird' Books
To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's classic novel about Scout, her brother and father, Atticus. Her father is a lawyer, who defends Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. The legendary Boo Radley also becomes an integral part of Scout's adventures. Read more about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird Questions for Study and Discussion
To Kill a Mockingbird is the only known novel by Harper Lee. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Quotes
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee. The book depicts the experiences of a young girl, Scout, and her family in a Southern town. To Kill a Mockingbird deals with aspects of racism, and involves other aspects of violence and alienation. Here are a few quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Review
Harper Lee's coming-of-age tale, To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the Deep South, and is a searing portrayal of race and prejudice told through the eyes of a little girl.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Summary
To Kill a Mockingbird is the only known novel by Harper Lee. With this famous and controversial novel, Lee forged her place in American literature as a chronicler of 1930's racial injustice.

10th (or 11th) Grade Reading List - American Literature
I recommend the following titles to maintain fluency and reading level and to encourage independent reading. These are a sampling of the titles that often appear on high-school reading lists for 10th grade (or 11th) American literature study.

Atticus Finch Quotes - From 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Here are a few of the quotes from Atticus Finch, in To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee).

Coming of Age Novels
A coming-of-age story or novel is memorable because the character undergoes adventures and/or inner turmoil in his/her growth and development as a human being. Some characters come to grips with the reality of cruelty in the world--with war, violence, death, racism, and hatred--while others deal with family, friends, or community issues.

Harper Lee Biography
Harper Lee is one of the most famous writers of her time--most well-known for To Kill a Mockingbird, a controversial novel about race relations in America (although the book covers much more territory than just that). Lee received the Pulitzer Prize for the novel, but she has not published another book since.

To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective
Kathleen Prody and Nicolet Whearty write: "Students gain a sense of the living history that surrounds the novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'."

Scout Quotes - from 'To Kill a Mockingbird' - Harper Lee
Scout is the unforgettable young girl in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Her real name is Jean Louise Finch. Her father's courage--in the face of life-threatening challenges--teaches her lessons that will last a lifetime. Her are quotes from Scout.

Why did Harper Lee stop writing after 'To Kill a Mockingbird'?
Why did Harper Lee stop writing (or at least stop writing for publication), after the amazing success of her first novel?

Atticus Finch Biography
Atticus Finch is one of the greatest fictional figures in American literature. Both in the book and in the film, Atticus stands larger-than-life, bold-and-courageous against the falsehood and injustice. He risks his life and his career (seemingly without care), as he defends a black man against charges of rape (which were based on lies, fear and ignorance).

'To Kill a Mockingbird' - Banned?
There are several reasons that the content of Harper Lee's great novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is sometimes considered so controversial (and inappropriate for young audiences) that it is banned, challenged, as well as removed from school/library lists and shelves.

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