Go Set a Watchman

Book review by Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Scout confronts Atticus on integration in rambling sequel.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

Amazing companion for To Kill a Mockingbird

This book is a fantastic continuation to the story of To Kill a Mockingbird. I was told this was the original work but it was too progressive and so Harper Lee wrote the mockingbird story (which is heavily referenced). It breaks down the “hero” of Atticus and humanizes him heavily. When released, this got a huge backlash as people have idolized Atticus for years. While he is progressive for his time, he is not the perfect man and we see in this story how it will take generations to truly end racism. Powerful story about the power of parenting to create a better world.

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age 12+

A disappointing first draft to To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee was a fantastic writer who was taken advantage of by her publisher in her old age (93) to publish her first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird. In other words, it’s a cash grab organized by an evil publisher, who got most of thr profits. Don’t believe me? Look it up. But don’t waste your time or money on this garbage.

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