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    DescriptionOne of a series of fiction titles for schools. Scout, the keen-eyed narrator, and her brother Jem interrupt their games to champion their lawyer father when, in a hostile, racist town in the American South, he battles to defend Tom, who is black and accused of murder.


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    Title
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Harper Lee
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 131 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780435120962
    ISBN 10: 0435120964
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: FXX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y5.1
    BIC subject category V2: YFU, YFA, FA
    BIC E4L: CLA
    DC22: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: YQEF
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: YFA, FBA, YPCA91, YFU
    Publisher
    Pearson Education Limited
    Imprint name
    Heinemann
    Publication date
    05 September 1966
    Publication City/Country
    Harlow
    Review quote
    "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."-- Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird
    Review text
    A first novel, this is also a first person account of Scout's (Jean Louise) recall of the years that led to the ending of a mystery, the breaking of her brother Jem's elbow, the death of her father's enemy - and the close of childhood years. A widower, Atticus raises his children with legal dispassion and paternal intelligence, and is ably abetted by Calpurnia, the colored cook, while the Alabama town of Maycomb, in the 1930's, remains aloof to their divergence from its tribal patterns. Scout and Jem, with their summer-time companion, Dill, find their paths free from interference - but not from dangers; their curiosity about the imprisoned Boo, whose miserable past is incorporated in their play, results in a tentative friendliness; their fears of Atticus' lack of distinction is dissipated when he shoots a mad dog; his defense of a Negro accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, is followed with avid interest and turns the rabble whites against him. Scout is the means of averting an attack on Atticus but when he loses the case it is Boo who saves Jem and Scout by killing Mayella's father when he attempts to murder them. 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. There is much advance interest in this book; it has been selected by the Literary Guild and Reader's Digest; it should win many friends. (Kirkus Reviews)