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Lee, Harper.
New York : HarperCollins, 1999.
ISBN 0446310786

3 booktalks

Booktalk #1

The town that Scout and her family lived in had its set ways, set beliefs, and set rumors. One of those rumors was what had happened to Boo Radley. It started when Dill came to town and decided he wanted Boo Radley to come out.  Along with Maycombís set ways, beliefs, and rumors, it had its set prejudices. Black people lived on the outskirts of the town while the Whites lived comfortably in the inner city. It was the way of the town that Blacks and Whites never mixed socially, only in business if necessary. When Atticus, Scoutís father agrees to defend a Black man named Tom Robinson without being forced to, Scoutís world is turned upside down forever.  The book To Kill A Mockingbird teaches us about a young girlís struggle in life to figure out why people are prejudiced against those who are different. Share in Scoutís lessons about prejudices and stereotypes by reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  (Becca R., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School)

Booktalk #2

Told in the eyes of the children of a small town lawyer, Lee takes us back to the 1930's as she weaves a story of racial prejudice and ignorance prevalent amongst the South during this time period.  A black man is falsely accused of raping a young white woman.  While the narrator, a young girl named Scout and her brother Jem are experiencing life typical of children their age during this time period, they are also discovering the ugliness of racism, since their father, a widower, is defending the black man.  The story is told in first person by scout, the girl.

                    What a profound impact this book had on me!  Atticus acts as a quiet hero while setting a positive example for his children.  This book moved me to tears.  I was especially inspired by how the children were affected by the town's racism and how they stood up for their father.  (Kathy McCabe

Booktalk #3

This was a great book. It is based on a black man accused of raping a white girl in the 1930's. The book goes through his trials and the struggle he and his family had to face. It tells about the white lawyer who defends and his familyís triumphs because of his defending a black guy.  (Angie Newsom, College Student)

SUBJECTS:     Father-daughter relationship -- Fiction.
                        Southern States -- Race relations -- Fiction.
                        Trials (Rape) -- Fiction.
                        Girls -- Fiction.
                        Domestic fiction.


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