The book I read this quarter was "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. It falls beneath the fiction genre category. This book was recommended to me by many students which heightened my curiosity about it. The novel describes a young girl named Scout and her experiences living in a town where she believes everyone is accepting of others but in reality, judge them based on their past. The book heavily covers racism from a child's point of view and teaches an important lesson about the differences between appearance & reality and climbing into a person's skin before judging them.
The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the Great Depression Era (1933-1935). The story is narrated first-person by the main character, Scout Finch. It begins with her talking about how her brother, Jem Finch, had broken his arm a few years before. It then continues by explaining how he broke his arm and the other things going on around them at that time. Atticus, their single father, was a well-known lawyer that taught his children how to treat others and also had a great role in the book.
The Finch family lived next to house that many children were afraid of because in the house lived a man named Arthur "Boo" Radley that never walked outside. Most people believed that he ate cat and killed people in his basement. Over the summer, Jem's and Scout's friend, Dill, came over and pressured them to play games involving Boo Radley such as touching his house, looking in through his windows, and jumping over his fences. Then one night, Jem's pants got caught on Boo's fence so he took them off and ran away. A few hours, he returned to retrieve them and noticed that they were sewn and folded waiting for him. However, he did not know that Boo had fixed them.
Atticus Finch was defending a case about a black man, Tom Robinson, that was accused of a raping a white woman. Being Caucasian himself, many people judged Atticus for defending...