To Kill a Mockingbird

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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age 12+

Classic novel examines American racism and justice.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 179 reviews

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age 12+
An important book and one that shows the problems that plagued America. A child should be old enough to comprehend quite a few things before reading this book, or watching the movie. I completely disagree with the previous "teacher" reviewer, she is a great example of why we need parents to have a say in what kind of literature is available in our kids' schools, and NOT left up to administration, teachers, etc. I do not see this as "white saviorism", and since some wish to bring color into this; as a black man, I have never hesitated recommending this book to everyone I know.

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age 10+

So many levels to enjoy this book

I listened to the audio with my 10 year old (Sissy Spacek read it, yes please!!) Everyone thought she was too young. She absolutely was not. She learned so much from the book about history, empathy, human nature, and justice. Now, I cried like 8 times, she didn't get a lot of the tragedy or poignancy but she loved the adventures of Scout and Jem. And she has read it twice since, the narrative voice is so appealing and real. about the rape...thats what i was concerned about. I told her the yules (sp?) Accused tom of attacking maella (sp? Again....cut me some slack, it was the audio! ) and she was satisfied with that. However, of course scout asks calpurnia "what is rape?" To which cal ingeniously responds "ask your dad"...to which atticus tells her "carnal knowledge of a woman without her consent". Thats the extent of the graphic nature of the book. As for the N word, good opportunity to teach your kid how hideous the word is and how much painful history is bwhind a word thrown around so carelessly these days. And thats not enough to sway you from reading this with your child, letting them read it and reading it yourself as an adult. An absolute work of art. Perfection.

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