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To Kill a Mockingbird

Six-year-old Scout is forced to face a new, frightening side of her rural southern town when her attorney father defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.
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English — US


  • English & Language Arts
  • History
  • Racism

Six-year-old Scout Finch and her brother Jem have grown up in a rural south filled with racial inequality. When their attorney father takes on the job of defending a black man accused of raping a white woman, Scout and Jem are forced to face a side of their town that they had never seen before. To Kill a Mockingbird tackles the challenging issues of race, rape, and innocence through the words of a young person learning about the world they live in.

Book cover for To Kill a Mockingbird.
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To Kill a Mockingbird

Date of Publication: July 1960


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