To Kill a Mockingbird

It’s hard to believe that I have never read this book…before now.   Michael had to read it for his 10th grade English class, so I told him I would read it along with him.  Needless to say, I’ve been having some great discussions with him along the way.  To Kill a Mockingbird it is a “gem” of a book, and I will treasure it for always.  So many great characters and so many great quotes.  Atticus Finch has a permanent spot on my list of the best characters in literature of all time.

“A timeless story of a young girl growing up in a sleepy Southern town while learning the true meaning of human dignity and justice.  Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer Atticus, has just started school.  She’s known how to read and write, though, ever since she and her older brother Jem can remember.  Bored with school, Scout and Jem decide on a project: to make Boo Radley, the town’s notorious recluse, come out.  But Scout’s carefree days come to an end when a black man in town is accused of raping a white woman–and Atticus is the only man willing to defend him.”

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”—Atticus

“I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll  go after birds.   Shoot all the Blue Jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”—Atticus

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”—Maudie Atkinson

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”—Atticus



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