I absolutely love Bella from Ciao Bella's recommendation! It's one of my favorite classics, so I was thrilled when I saw she'd chosen it. I was also excited because Bella's submission actually introduced me to her blog, and it's absolutely adorable! So, please read her recommendation and her blog. I have a feeling you'll enjoy both!
Publication Year: 1960
Originally Published In: United States
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Summary (from Goodreads)
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 ten 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.
I first read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was in middle school. Always an avid reader, I asked my mom if she had any classics to recommend I read during my summer vacation. Her first suggestion? Harper Lee's first, and only, novel. I'm so glad she told me to give it a try, as To Kill a Mockingbird is still one of my favorite books today. I'll discuss Atticus Finch, young Scout, and Boo Radley with anyone ANY day, so I was delighted that I was able to revisit the story last year in English class. School is so much more fun when you're writing about a beloved classic!
Because the novel frequently appears in school curriculums, I think it is easy to ignore the beauty of Lee's storytelling. Lee has a distinct and remarkable way with words, but I fear Scout's story can be lost amidst the essays and journals one must write on the book. It's no wonder, then, I push this classic on other people the most, whether they are experiencing the story for the first time or returning to Maycomb for a re-read!
Fortunately for To Kill a Mockingbird fans, there are many books that have similar themes or ideas as the beloved classic.
Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage / Turnage's novel is another popular books, albeit for a different reason: it was a Newbury Honor book in 2013. The stories of To Kill a Mockingbird and Three Times Lucky are widely different, but both protagonists remind me of one another. Scout and Mo share a similar voice, and I have no doubt middle grade fans will adore this timeless mystery.
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley / Talley's debut was recently published in 2014, and I have not stopped recommending it since I read it in November! Like To Kill a Mockingbird, the story tackles racism; however, Talley focuses her efforts in the late 1950's. It hurts to read of such dark times in American history, but it's an important topic to discuss.