“To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place in a racially divided small town of Alabama during the years of Great Depression. Atticus Finch is a principled lawyer in charge of defending a black man accused of raping a white woman. The townspeople want him to withdraw from the case, but he decides to do the right thing: provide the best defense possible. As the trial date nears, several events occur that reveal the racial tension and ignorance of the times. Through the voice of his daughter Scout, a feisty five-year-old tomboy, readers observe the different facets of human behavior: innocence, love, courage, racism, sexism and cruelty.
Connections: This is a must read for students at the high school level. It enhances language arts and social studies curriculum. The narrative explores several themes through this idealistic, yet prejudice, southern town: injustice, hatred, fairness, equal rights and compassion, etc. The character of Atticus Finch conveys the message that citizens must fight for justice in order to facilitate positive changes in society.