‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
Meet Scout, the narrator of this book. Her story is one of American Deep South summers, fights at school and playing in the street. The spooky house of her mysterious neighbour, Boo Radley, sags dark and forbidding nearby. Her brother, Jem, and her friend, Dill, want to make Boo come outside.
More than these childhood games though, Scout’s story is about justice. When Scout’s father, the lawyer Atticus Finch, agrees to defend a black man against an accusation by a white girl, he must battle the prejudice of the whole town and the era in which they live. It’s about imagination – not just the kind you need for childhood games. Because you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.
Moving, personal story that shines a light on the attitudes of a time and place… a powerful ‘must- read’.