Thursday, May 03, 2012

Old is Gold {4}: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

My attempt to bring attention to all those awesome old books we read a few years ago or maybe as far as elementary school!Sometimes, all we need is a good childhood favorite! Inspired by Tynga's Daring You To Read Feature. This feature focuses ONLY on YA and Middle Grade books. 

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
Title: To Kill a Mockingbird 
Author: Harper Lee 
Release Date/Publisher: 1960 by HarperCollins Publishers
Why You Should Read It: I usually don't like required summer reading but when I had to read this book for English 2 Honors, I was a little skeptical. Would I like it? After all, all there other books has either been a hit or a miss for me. But this book proved to be SO different. I loved this one so much that it has become one of my all time favorite books. It's such great coming of age story, where prejudice and racism is at it's highest, but a girl must learn to go with what she believes is right by her father. Atticus Finch, y'all is such an amazing character. Scout and Jem and Boo are too but Atticus? He's the real deal. NO MATTER WHAT anyone says, Atticus stands by his beliefs, making him an exceptional role model for Scout. 

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