Synopsis (from the back cover): “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
Age: 10 or 11
Inappropriate content: One of the main points of the story is the trial of black man accused of raping a white girl. However, the story is told from the perspective of a nine-year-old who doesn’t know what rape is, so I think slightly younger children can read it.
My thoughts: I really enjoyed reading this. It took me about a week. Reading from the perspective of nine-year-old Scout took me back to when I was little. To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic and I’m really glad I read it.