To Kill a Mockingbird

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Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York City: Grand Central Publishing, 2003 To Kill a Mockingbird is a fiction novel that takes place in a small town in Alabama during the Depression, and is narrated by a little girl named Jean Louise "Scout" Finch. She is a rowdy little girl that has strong opinions, loves her family, and likes to play outside. Scout tries to get her father to excuse her from school because of the teacher that she doesn't like, Miss Caroline, who doesn't know the usual Maycomb culture. It shows how stubborn she is and that she has a very short temper for such a little girl. She loves her family and thinks her dad is a very good person, if not a little old. She and her brother Jem, who is also close to Scout, play outside all the time and even made a snowman of half dirt, half snow. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer who cares for everyone and is very kind. She loves her father very much and goes to him for advice when her life gets difficult. Scout, Jem, and their friend Dill, are interested in the rumors about a man named Boo Radley, who lives in their neighborhood but never leaves his house and some people say that at night, he comes and peers through peoples windows. A tree on the way back from school near the Radley house has a hole where things are left for Scout and Jem, like pennies, chewing gum, and soap carved figures of a little boy and girl who look like Scout and Jem. They don't know where these gifts are coming from, and when they go to leave a note for the person who gives them the gifts, they find that Boo's brother has filled the hole with cement. The next winter brings sudden snow, and Miss Maudie, Scout's favorite neighbor, has her house catch on fire. While Jem and Scout watch the fire from near the Radley house, someone puts a blanket around Scout without her realizing it. Not until she goes home, and Atticus asks her where the blanket came from, does she realize that Boo Radley must have put it around her while she...
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