To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee
Mar 21, 2016

Forced to read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, I simply didn’t appreciate the exceptional quality of this book at the time.  After a second reading…Oh, how I appreciate it now! The character development is phenomenal. Ms. Lee superbly describes the maturation of two children, Jem and Scout, as they discover that the world is full of injustice. Her exquisite sense of humor is perfectly paired with the seriousness of the storyline. This book portrays small town life in Alabama during the 1930s, focusing on Jem and Scout as they spend their summers trying to catch a glimpse of their reclusive neighbor while their father, a lawyer, is tasked with defending a black man accused of raping a white woman. You don’t want to miss a single word of this book. To Kill a Mockingbird is splendid and deserves top spot on your reading list! 

Reviewed by Library Staff