To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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58 Critic Reviews

If you somehow haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird, go to the library...or bookstore immediately. If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird recently, it is worth reading the novel again.
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Synopsis

Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as an e-book.

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

 

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Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntington College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Pulitzer Prize, and many other accolades.
 
Published July 8, 2014 by Harper. 385 pages
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 07 2011

The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by LesLivres on Aug 07 2015

This book is recommended for teenagers and adults of all ages, as the message Lee conveys should be read and understood by everyone.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by OrliTheBookworm on Jul 17 2015

Reading To Kill A Mockingbird is a necessity: it will change your life, it will change the way you view the world around you, it will inspire you, it will make you rethink how you treat people, how you view the world.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by LivLoves2Read on Jun 13 2015

This is a terrific book which really makes you think, and I would favourably recommend it to ages eleven and upwards. It is definitely the best book I have read this year...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by TMandy on May 28 2015

...it was probably one of the best books I have ever read! I loved the book and when I finished it, I was genuinely sad to have finished the book.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Mar 16 2015

...Harper Lee’s only published book to date is a complex and subtle work of literature that has inspired and influenced generations of schoolchildren in the US and, most especially, in the UK. It’s that rare thing: a truly popular classic.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Rosa.Reader on Dec 07 2014

The ending of the book was quite surprising too, when a character I'd almost forgotten made his long-awaited appearance. Though I found my mind wandering off at points so I had no idea what I'd just read, I did quite enjoy this book, and thought it truly was very clever.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by dewdrop on Jun 08 2014

This book has earned the title of a classic and rightly so. A book to savour and not devour all at once and to read over and over again as you will always find something new in it.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by CaraErica on May 02 2014

...this book will inspire you, make you smile and move you to tears. Harper Lee's command of the English language moves her writing into poetry.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by David on Jan 18 2014

I would really advise picking up a copy of Harper Lee's magnificent novel and giving it a try. Because whatever happens, it will never stop being a good book, and it will never stop inspiring good people.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by scouting for books on Oct 12 2013

It is one of the most brilliant books to have been written and is a great novel that shows racism in the light that it should be shown in. I would recommend this book to almost anyone who is interested in reading and understands the context in which the story has been written.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Sam Jordison on Jul 18 2013

I love this book but I have always seen it as somewhat subversive – it spends most of the novel setting Atticus up as a good and just man who can do no wrong but then he decides effectively to take the law into his own hands and to lie in order to save Boo.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by nightfire88 on Jul 28 2012

The courtroom scene is my favourite as it is an amazing example of a typical courtroom scene. The emotion that seems to well from the audience brings tears to the eyes, like a tsunami wave of emotion.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by pollster on Oct 22 2011

This book asks us questions about our society, and how we live. By the end of the book Scout understands that the world isn't fair.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Jul 09 2010

The best novels are those that are important without being like medicine; they have something to say, are expansive and intelligent but never forget to be entertaining and to have character and emotion at their centre. Harper Lee's triumph is one of those.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Akin Ajayi on Jul 09 2010

Cumulatively, what emerges from To Kill a Mockingbird is a thoughtful disquisition that encompasses – and goes beyond – the question of racial bias at its worst. Justice, we learn from Scout, is often complicated, but must always be founded upon the notion of equality and fairness for all. This is an issue that still matters today...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by FANTASYMANIAC on Jan 25 2013

On the whole I would recommend this book to everyone as it contains entertainment as well as lessons of behavior and dedication.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by nightfire88 on Jul 28 2012

It is a very moving book which cuts deeply into your feelings and thoughts. It has a great, emotional ending that you only get in a good book. It shows that it had a great, well planned plot.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Sean on Oct 17 2010

If you somehow haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird, go to the library...or bookstore immediately. If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird recently, it is worth reading the novel again.

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The Independent

Above average
Reviewed by Helen Taylor on Jul 02 2010

Harper Lee observed clearly and wrote prophetically. For all the novel's occasional sentimentality and whimsy, she produced a powerful indictment of American racial history at a crucial moment...

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Teen Reads

Excellent
on Mar 05 2002

This powerful book is a favorite among my high school students --- many who don't normally like to read --- as well as among many adults. It is also a favorite target of groups looking to try to ban books. It is a must read for everyone.

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Common Sense Media

Above average
on May 09 2014

...readers may be inspired to read more about the history of the time. Families may want to check out the 1962 film version.

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About.com Bestsellers

Good
Reviewed by Erin Collazo Miller on May 09 2014

Lee's writing makes it is easy to enter the world of depression era Alabama. Despite all the flaws of the town, it is also easy to love many things about the place and many of the characters. If you have not yet read To Kill a Mockingbird, you will not regret picking it up.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
Reviewed by SEANRAMBLINGS on Apr 26 2011

If you somehow haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird, go to the library (if there are copies not already checked-out) or bookstore immediately. If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird recently, it is worth reading the novel again. To Kill a Mockingbird is truly a great American novel that remains relevant today.

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The Atlantic

Good
Reviewed by Phoebe Adams on Aug 01 1980

A variety of adults, mostly eccentric in Scout's judgment, and a continual bubble of incident make To Kill A Mockingbird pleasant, undemanding reading.

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As You Like It

Good
Reviewed by Becky C. on Oct 04 2012

Accurately portraying the racism which was alive and well in this time period, the book doesn’t shy away from racial slurs. It also contains profanity and references to the taboo topics of rape, sex and incest.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Mckay on May 16 2014

Lee's prose is impeccable. Her descriptions and dialogue, with their Southern flare, are simple yet precise. Her characters – especially Scout Finch – are endearing and lovable from start to finish.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by The_Pensive_Scribe on May 16 2014

I immediately grew a liking for the characters, but it still had that sense emptiness by the end. The ending was good; don't get me wrong, but I feel it could have been better. I would give this book four out five stars.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by ensmih on May 15 2014

Although it was an older book, its meaning still provides wonderful insight. I highly recommend this book to anyone to read but, it may be hard to read and understand for younger children.

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Teen Ink

Above average
on May 15 2014

The outcome of the trial affects many people in different ways that leads to an ending you will never expect.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Noelle_666 on May 13 2014

To Kill a Mockingbird is a must read book because the story of a well respect lawyer standing up for an African American and getting bad mouth is so touching.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Annaliese on May 12 2014

The book places important ideas in your head, each with its own path to take. Opinions change the way the story ends, it is up to the reader to create the books meaning. The question may be clear, but the answer must be found.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by musicliteraturelove on May 14 2011

Scout Finch is one of those lovable characters in literature that reminds us of what we lost when we grew up and helps us discover what it is like to be a kid again.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by BeJubilant on May 16 2010

...Lee's descriptive, eloquent language created such a full narrative that I could imagine the setting: the colors, neighbors, and smells came so alive that I thought I could see the town.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by The Polymath on May 30 2013

Those words stayed with me as a great reflection of the writer, and made me think of the mockingbirds, of the people who are around me doing good, without disturbing anyone, rejoicing the day, asking nothing in return.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Shirley Hammond on May 08 2013

The jacket cover of the colorful library copy of this book indicates that the book has been translated into 40 languages and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. This makes sense, considering that it never loses its appeal to this reader/writer.

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Yahoo! Voices

Above average
Reviewed by Eric Martin on Jan 30 2013

...To Kill a Mockingbird cannot be defended on grounds of intellectual depth. It can can be defended, and is, on grounds of its artistic merit.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Philo Gabriel on May 15 2010

Having just reread this back-to-back with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I would say, though it may be sacrilegious to suggest this, that To Kill a Mockingbird is the superior book.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Shelly Barclay on May 03 2010

Within these characters lies the rich vein of courage that runs prominently through Harper Lee's only novel, the masterpiece that is To Kill a Mockingbird.

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http://www.bookdrum.com

Good
on May 15 2014

I was compelled to read this novel twice over, hooked by the account of Scout's childhood as she moves from playing to discovering, from observing to learning. The reader is given an incredible insight into the world of 1930s Alabama...

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Pavithra Manoharan on May 15 2014

This book personally appealed to me mainly with subtle humour, brought in by the gap between the child’s understanding of what happens and what actually happens.

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All the Books I Can Read

Excellent
Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on May 16 2012

I’m so glad that my online book-club gave me the excuse I needed to revisit this one – I have so many new books to read at the moment that re-reads (which I used to do a lot) have fallen by the wayside. Sometimes it’s nice to sit down and just re-immerse yourself in something that still has something to teach you...

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Devourer of Books

Good
on May 16 2008

It wouldn’t be dramatic that he is fighting racism if Lee didn’t include a realistic description of racism. Like “The Grapes of Wrath,” this is one of my favorite books of all time (.doc), and one I re-read frequently.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Reads Too Much on Sep 14 2012

I am very thankful that I read this one again. I'd wanted to do this for some time now, and the end of summer just seemed perfect. I love Scout and Jem and especially Atticus. Honestly, I love it all.

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Literary Treats

Good
Reviewed by Jaclyn on Feb 23 2014

It’s undeniably one of the most significant books published in the 20th century, and certainly a personal fave for myself and the absolute favourite book of all time for my younger sister.

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Hope Chest Reviews

Excellent
on May 15 2014

To Kill a Mockingbird has without a doubt earned a spot on my keeper shelf and has become a new all-time favorite book for me.

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Diary of an Eccentric

Excellent
Reviewed by Anna on Jul 30 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird is rich with unique characters, just like you’d expect from Southern fiction. I absolutely loved Scout, and I think Lee does a great job merging Scout’s youth and innocence with the wisdom she has as an adult narrator.

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http://roofbeamreader.com

Excellent
on Aug 04 2013

To be sure, To Kill a Mockingbird holds a beloved place in the hearts of many readers and also a coveted spot in the canon as a “classic” of American literature.

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InkSlinger Blog

Good
on Feb 24 2012

...presented with an unforgettable picture of moral courage in the character of Atticus Finch. To most of the white folks in Maycomb, Tom Robinson was tried and condemned the moment he was accused. Atticus not only believes differently, he acts differently. Even when the odds are stacked against him...

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Where Pen Meets Paper

Good
Reviewed by Donovan Richards on Jan 27 2011

To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic work worth every ounce of the label “masterpiece.” I am truly grateful to have read it at an older age because I believe I gleaned more from it now than I would have understood as a teenager.

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A Novel Menagerie

Good
Reviewed by Sheri on Feb 21 2009

If you haven’t read it and you are interested in reading this content, I would definitely recommend it! Reading this work only would make you a more diversified, intelligent and well-read person.

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Book Monkey

Good
on Jan 19 2011

The reason this has stood the test of time is because we can still learn so much from it – the true meaning of family and friendship, of having decent morals and treating every human being fairly before judging them, of simply having a bit of faith in people. It is as relevent today as the day it was published!

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Melody & Words

Excellent
Reviewed by Melody Schreiber on Dec 30 2013

Lee does all of this with word choice and dialogue, with the way her main character explains social conventions and mores and the way adults respond to her. Readers must savor this book, hearing Scout’s voice in their heads, becoming her little by little.

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My Bookshelf

Excellent
Reviewed by Shirley on Feb 16 2012

To have the opportunity to read and to study To Kill a Mockingbird, is a privilege. For a book that raises the question of racism and addresses the issues through the eyes of the innocent child, is certainly a book that I would encourage all people to read, particularly young people.

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The Book Swarm

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Feb 15 2011

The grade I give this book is a 98/A. It has a lot of suspense. Like when they were in court, it was very nerve-wracking because I did not know if he was going to be declared guilty or innocent.

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All Readers

Good
on May 16 2014

Scout embraces her father's advice & vision to practice compassion and understanding, alongside a realization that all the bitter experiences of hatred and prejudice will definitely not defile her belief in human goodness. Great story-line - Worth Reading !!

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Story Treasury

Above average
Reviewed by Sonia Lal on Oct 15 2012

So, yeah, there is racism in the book. But it’s not really depicted in a positive way. More tragic and sad. I really don’t think that is a reason to ban or try to ban a book.

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The Authoress

Good
on Jan 27 2014

Of all the "classics" I've read, this was the only one I've seen that actually reads like a modern-day novel. The voice of Scout was clear as a bell and immensely enjoyable.

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