Courtroom classic tackles very mature messages; has timeless characters
Parents need to know that To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1960's classic written by Harper Lee. Once your children hear about this book, they will be begging to read it. Don't let this fool you. To Kill a Mockingbird handles very mature ideas about rape and murder. The climax of the book involves very in-depth, detailed descriptions of a sexual assault. A young girl asks her father's maid what rape is, and she answers that her father could answer better. This is no lie, seeing as the girl's father is the defense attorney for the man accused of the previously mentioned rape. Also, the accused man is black. Seeing as this is set in the 30's, the novel is quite controversial. As for violence, there is obviously some, as the rape plays a major part. Also, (SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!!*) at the very end of the book, the two child main characters are attacked by a madman who breaks the boy's arm and is eventually stabbed by the same (*SPOILER ALERT OVER). There is some swearing (especially racial slurs), like "n--ger," "negro," "colored," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," and "whore." Some smoking and alcohol consumption, as this is set in the 30's. All in all, To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic, but definitely save it for your mature teens, 'cause boy, this one's a risqué ride!
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