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To Kill A Mockingbird - a classic book, a memorable movie...

Updated on September 11, 2014

Harper Lee's Masterpiece, To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. Author Harper Lee said it was a love story, but most people think of it as a great classic of Southern life. She never had another book published, yet this one, written early in life, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961--the highest honor for great literature. In 1999 a Library Journal poll chose To Kill A Mockingbird as the best novel of the century.

To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the greatest children's novels ever written. It is more often enjoyed by adults. The pacing is perfect, the descriptions are luscious and lavish, and the characters are unique and intriguing. Released at the apex of the Civil Rights Movement, the plot is a world-class exposé and examination of racism in the heart of 1930s America.


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To Kill A Mockingbird - An Amazing First Novel

To Kill A Mockingbird - Awards and Honors for the Novel

First Edition Cover

  1. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction - 1961
  2. The Brotherhood Award - National Conference of Christians and Jews - 1961
  3. Best Novel of the Twentieth Century - American Librarians
  4. Sold more than 30 million copies.
  5. Translated into 40 languages.

To Kill A Mockingbird - The Oscar Winning Movie - This is a classic black and white movie - well worth watching if you haven't seen it already.

To Kill A Mockingbird - Awards for the Movie

  1. Academy Award for Best Actor (Gregory Peck)
  2. Academy Award for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration, Black-and-White (Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen, Muzamiel Hady, & Oliver Emert)
  3. Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay (Horton Foote)
  4. Oscar Nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mary Badham)
  5. Oscar Nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

    (Russell Harlan)

  6. Oscar Nomination for Best Director (Robert Mulligan)
  7. Oscar Nomination for Best Music, Score - Substantially Original

    (Elmer Bernstein)

  8. Oscar Nomination for Best Picture
  9. Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama (Gregory Peck)
  10. Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score - Motion Picture (Elmer Bernstein)
  11. Golden Globe Award for Best Film Promoting International Understanding
  12. 1995 - National Film Registry
  13. Gary Cooper Award (Robert Mulligan)
  14. Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) (Gregory Peck)
  15. Golden Laurel for Top General Entertainment
  16. Won second-place - Golden Laurel for Top Female Supporting Performance (Mary Badham)
  17. Won second-place - Golden Laurel for Top Male Dramatic Performance (Gregory Peck)
  18. PGA Hall of Fame - Motion Pictures (Alan J. Pakula)
  19. WGA Award (Screen) - Best Written American Drama (Horton Foote)

Mary Badham (Scout) and Gregory Peck (Atticus)

in To Kill A Mockingbird (1962).

The Author, Harper Lee

For a few years Harper Lee enjoyed the publicity her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, gave her. Then she came to her senses and realized she needed some privacy! Since 1964 she's been called 'reclusive' but that term isn't entirely accurate. She was no Boo Radley. Instead, she chose a normal life and not one of a literary celebrity. In recent years she's made a few public appearances, but not many.

She was born on April 28, 1926, and grew up in Monroeville, Alabama. She currently spends her days divided between a New York City apartment and her sister's home in Monroeville. If you want to go there to see the town her novel was based on (though in the novel it is called Maycomb) - beware! The locals will smile, nod their heads, and call you a "Mockingbird Groupie". Hide your camera in shame!

Still, Monroeville knows how to capitalize. Every year they put on a performance of the theatrical version of To Kill A Mockingbird. During the courthouse scene they actually go into the local courthouse and the audience is racially divided just as it was in the novel. But Harper Lee hasn't attended because she doesn't approve of the affair. It is said that "she abhors anything that trades on the book's fame".

You get the picture. She's a talented, intelligent, thoughtful, ethical and high-minded woman who prefers humility to megalomania.

I think I like her style.

[Note: the photo above is of Harper Lee and movie director Alan J. Pakula in approx. 1961 during the filming of To Kill A Mockingbird. This graphic and others on this lens are either in the public domain or are used in accordance with the 'fair use' rules of American copyright law.]

Awards For Harper Lee

  1. Appointed to the National Council on the Arts - 1966
  2. Alabama Academy of Honor inducted Harper Lee - 2001
  3. Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award - 2005
  4. University of Notre Dame gave Harper Lee an Honorary Doctorate - 2006
  5. Presidential Medal of Freedom - 2007

I Am Scout: An Unofficial Biography of Harper Lee

(Written without her cooperation.)

My Goodreads.com Review of To Kill A Mockingbird

...Goodreads is a great site for book lovers!

Posted on October 14, 2008

My first-ever review at Goodreads was of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. When I registered in 2008 it was listed as the most popular book on the site. As of 2013 it has more than 35,000 reviews there!

To Kill A Mockingbird Quiz

Pretend you're a student in school again, and it is time for a quiz. Let's see how much you remember about To Kill A Mockingbird...

To Kill A Mockingbird - About the main character...

About the little girl in the novel, which of the statements below isn't true?

See results

To Kill A Mockingbird - About the father...

About the father in the novel, which of the statements below isn't true?

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To Kill A Mockingbird - About the son...

About the little girl's brother in the novel, which of the statements below isn't true?

See results

To Kill A Mockingbird - About Boo Radley...

About Boo Radley in the novel, which of the statements below isn't true?

See results

You can find answers to the quiz questions here.

Read It Like A Writer

Because I write novels, I read like a writer would. As I read I pick out great examples of important story writing elements, such as the following examples...

Description

...an example of great descriptive writing by Harper Lee...

Harper Lee was a master of descriptive writing. You may recognize this passage if you've seen the movie because it was read at the onset of the story.

"Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer's day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Mens's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum."

- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Characterization

...she let you know who her characters were...

Harper Lee managed to show who her characters are by letting you observe their actions and the way others reacted to them.

"We looked down again. Atticus was speaking easily, with the kind of detachment he used when he dictated a letter. He walked slowly up and down in front of the jury, and the jury seemed to be attentive: their heads were up, and they followed Atticus's route with what seemed to be appreciation. I guess is was because Atticus wasn't a thunderer."

- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Suspense

...you never know what will happen next...

This passage demonstrates how Harper Lee used dialogue between characters to build tension and suspense.

"Why don't you go on home, Scout?"

"What are you gonna do?"

Dill and Jem were simply going to peep in the window with the loose shutter to see if they could get a look at Boo Radley, and if I didn't want to go with them I could go straight home and keep my fat flopping mouth shut, that was all.

"But what in the sam holy hill did you wait till tonight?"

Because nobody could see them at night, because Atticus would be so deep in a book he wouldn't hear the Kingdom coming, because if Boo Radley killed them they'd miss school instead of vacation, and because it was easier to see inside a dark house in the dark than in the daytime, did I understand?

"Jem, please--"

"Scout, I'm tellin' you for the last time, shut your trap or go home--I declare to the Lord you're gettin' more like a girl every day!"

With that, I had no option but to join them.'

- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Available for Kindle - ...study guide and a tribute!

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    • SianaL 4 years ago

      Amazing book

    • gradientcat 4 years ago

      Great book.

    • Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

      Liked it very much. Think the movie is one of the best of all time.

    • RosaMorelli 4 years ago

      When I was seven, one of my teachers caught me reading it in class and complained to my mum that it was 'too old' for me. I don't think I understood even a tenth of the book back then - I just loved Scout and wanted to be just like her. I've read it many times since then, though, and I find it magical :)

    • Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @VspaBotanicals: Definitely a movie worth owning!

    • VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I also have the movie. Great lens!

    • Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @grahamcox lm: Mine too... really worth reading more than once, IMHO.

    • grahamcox lm 4 years ago

      One of my favourite books of all time.

    • mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      I found this novel so interesting in high school.

    • Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @jeffersonline: Thanks so much! Very much appreciated! And I didn't know this lens was the demo... now I must go seek that out!

    • jeffersonline 5 years ago

      No wonder this lens was chosen as the 'demo' for the new Squidlit theme. A great breakdown of a great book. Can't leave without sprinkling some Angel Dust....

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I read it and watched the movie, was very good. Great lens thanx.

    • lyinseeker 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading that book. It's one of my favorite classic books.

    • microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I loved the novel and the movie.

    • Angelina 5 years ago from California

      nice clean layout...love it

    • Ales 5 years ago from Slovenia

      That is really good and interesting lens

    • Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Lovely!

    • Storytutor 5 years ago

      It's so squeaky clean! I love that!

    • EsotericAllusion 5 years ago

      I like how the book examined how those not considered part of the group were treated as, 'other' or outsiders, this included those of a different race, those with religious differences, the poor, the uneducated and the eccentric. Overall a book to savour.

    • tricomanagement 5 years ago

      I loved the book - and was hesitate to see the movie as normally movies and books are two totally different stories. I found out later that the book was based on a friend's father and his family. Very strange to realize that one knows the characters in a book.

    I didn't care much for it - or - I hardly remember it!

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      • BlogAustralia 4 years ago

        No. :(

      • dcmovingcompany 4 years ago

        It wasn't bad, perhaps just not my cup of tea when it comes to pleasure reading.

      • aiclogcabins 5 years ago

        I hated the book at school but the film was ok

      • JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

        Sounds like a great book to read. I saw the movie many years ago.

      • HuntAndFishGuides 5 years ago

        It was good, but not my preferred type of novel to read.

      • SandyPeaks 6 years ago

        I don't think I've read it, but I have often watched the movie.

      • AWildDog 6 years ago

        I didn't care much for it - but I was only 15 when I read it... well read some of it anyway.

      Answers to the Quiz Questions

      1. Scout did NOT like wearing dresses!
      2. Atticus never lived in New York City.
      3. Jem didn't bring home dogs and cats.
      4. Boo Radley had only one brother - Nathan.

      In 1918 Claire Welch, age 9, moves from the San Francisco Bay Area to the coastal town of Eureka, far to the north. She must leave her dearest friend behind.

      From there Claire heads toward a difficult life, traveling inland to Happy Camp, a small town in the middle of a huge forest.

      Near Happy Camp, in the Klamath River Valley, she faces the pain of loneliness and learns the true meaning of friendship.

      For more information see the River Girl website.

      River Girl
      River Girl

      Written for children ages 8 through 15, but loved by adults as well.

       

      I love hearing from people who visit my lenses.

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          MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

          What an interesting lens! Did I miss the answers to the quiz somewhere? Very nice 5* job!

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          gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

          I bombed the quiz (meaning did not pass). I did remember Scout not liking dress, though. I was the same!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I have to admit that I've never read the book, but I plan to now because of what you've said about it, Linda. This is super. I'd vote 5 stars, but they won't let me since I'm not a member. My first time to read a Squidoo. Very nice.

          Beverly

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Oh Wow. This is an excellent lens about one of my most favorites. Great job. I really enjoyed the videos and the examples of great story writing elements. This was most enjoyable and educational. Thank you!

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          billco1 8 years ago

          Really nice lens. I own a signed copy of the 35th Anniverary Edition. Harper Lee signed it at the Magnolia Cottage Bookstore in Monroeville

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          tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

          Great lens about a great book!

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          Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

          5***** very nice work--you did this great book justice

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          Adrienne Jenkins 8 years ago

          Great lens

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          JohnFM 8 years ago

          Great Lens about my fave book. I still dig it out every few years just to see the world through the eyes of a child once again.

          Thank you

          John

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          Katherine Tyrrell 8 years ago from London

          Great book and a great lens - a definite 5*. You've opened my eyes to the squidlit template!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Great lens! 5*s!

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          poutine 8 years ago

          Excellent lens and it refreshed my memory about this book and the movie.

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          Spook LM 8 years ago

          As mentioned earlier I read this many years ago and I did my best to answer the quiz as best I could remember. No doubt that will give you a laugh. An excellent and beautifully presented lens.

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          Excellent lens; what a resource!

          Blessed by a new SquidAngel.

          Brenda

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          KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

          I enjoyed the book and the movie. Well done... and Squid Angel Blessed.

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          Life4me LM 8 years ago

          Wow what a great lens! To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books.

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          California_Dreamin 8 years ago

          Fantastic lens. I wouldn't say it was worth five stars though...more like ten.

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          ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

          Excellent lens 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          This is a really interesting lens, about one of my favourite books ever, I have loved TKAM since we studied it in school a few years ago, in fact I even wrote a (brief) review of it in my lens of book reviews written as haiku.

          Thanks for making such an informative site about such a well-known and well-loved novel.

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          Bambi Watson 8 years ago

          Wonderful lens...one of my top 10 favorite books of all time...thanks for showcasing such an important book :)

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          teamlane 8 years ago

          Love all the pics!

          Blessed by a SquidAngel today!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          This is a fabulous lens. You deserve 5 stars without a doubt. This is my favorite book of all time!! I was make references to it in everyday. Brilliant lens!

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          Simeyc1 8 years ago

          Great Lens - very interesting idea with the quiz! Great book too!

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          Lloyd Pinto 8 years ago from Mumbai

          This is indeed a fantastic book and i loved your lens as well. 5* and fave!

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          drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

          This book is complete. A true classic in so many ways. Great lens as well.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          This is one of my favorite books. Watched the movie as well.

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          Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

          This is fabulous. I especially like the quiz questions and the section on reading like a writer.

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          patpenn 8 years ago

          I must say that I think this is the best lens. To Kill A MockingBird is my favorite Movie, I had the joy of reading it as well.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Favorite book ever - great lens!

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          Demaw 8 years ago

          As a kid I saw the movie, then read the book. I still have a paperback copy on my shelf. She helped her childhood friend Truman Capote (Dill?) with his work and is depicted in works about him. 5*

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          GrowWear 8 years ago

          Linda, this lens is knocking on perfection's door. Kudos! ...I adore the book. The movie was great, too.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          One of my favorite all time books. My oldest daughter is almost old enough to read it, I can't wait to pass it on to her. I still have my copy, it's about 35 years old! This is an amazing lens, so well written.

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          Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

          5* ...excellent review of a great book!

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          Holley Web 7 years ago

          I have been inspired to read this book! Your writing always gives me a fresh perspective on things. Thank you for the very valuable information!

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          amy1980 7 years ago

          Such a great lens on such a great book. It really has timeless lessons that are as important now as they were when the book was written.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          One of my all time favs. Thanks for the lens. 5*.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Great work (For the quiz, I was sure Scott's real name is Jean Louise Finch... oh well)

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          lostinfiction 7 years ago

          I like the book but I'll be honest, I don't know a lot about the author. Does anyone here know more about his background, what influences he had etc? I wanna make a page about that on Infloox but I don't have much to go on...

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Back to this great lens to give you a blessing and to congratulate you on your purple star and nomination for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards

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          HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

          Great lens on a great book. Congratulations on your nomination.

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          myraggededge 7 years ago

          Excellent review and the lens is laid out beautifully. Good luck in the GS awards!

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          justholidays 7 years ago

          I've learned something today!

          Thanks for this and congratulations on your 2009 Giant Squid Awards!

          Dom.

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          kimmanleyort 7 years ago

          Congratulations on your nomination. I've featured this lens on SquidLit Review on Crabbysbeach. Love the polls, and the examples you give from the book.

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          Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

          This is an exceptional lens, so much work has gone into it. It really does a great work of fiction justice. Best of luck in the Giant Squid Awards!

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          Laniann 7 years ago

          Nicely done book review. Congratulations on being nominated for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards.

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          Laniann 7 years ago

          Nicely done book review. Congratulations on being nominated for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards.

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          Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

          The book "To Kill a Mockingbird" will forever remain a classic, and the movie is my all-time favorite. Harper Lee was originally Nell Harper Lee and a contemporary of Truman Capote. Through an interesting set of circumstances, I had lunch with Nell Harper Lee in NYC in the summer of 1960. It's a very special memory. Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination. A truly well-done lens.

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          Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

          Superb!

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          Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

          Great book review, I love the interaction on this lens. I hate to admit it but I have not ever read the book yet, but I really want to now, it is definitely a classic that I have heard so much about and learned about here. Congratulations on being nominated in the 2009 Giant Squid Awards in your category, Anyone can vote for their favorites at Vote Now for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards . Linda

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          WhitU4ever 7 years ago

          Nice lens... I really like the voting modules.

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          ulla_hennig 7 years ago

          Great book review!

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          Mickie Goad 7 years ago

          Your lens about this lovely novel is so very well done! 5 stars from me!

          I was a Chi Omega at the University of Alabama. One of the chapter's claims to fame was the fact that Harper Lee was a member of our sorority. Of course, she was there MANY years before me. I have been told that Ms. Lee does not participate in any alumni activities or comment on her time at the UofA.

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          clouda9 lm 7 years ago

          Beautifully presented review! Congrats on your Giant Squid Award Nomination!

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          lasertek lm 7 years ago

          To Kill a Mockingbird. Read this story thrice. It is very educational and inspiring. True that most adults enjoy the story more because they are able to appreciate the rhythm of the lines and how the values are presented. Like this lens so much.

          Rated 5* Hope you could visit my lenses as well. Thanks

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          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          Well done!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Oh what a coincidence. Sparky has just been studying this book at school. Good luck in the Giant Squid Awards and SquidAngel Blessings for such an excellent book review.

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          find_large_folders 7 years ago

          Thanks for useful information and nice pictures.

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          reasonablerobby 7 years ago

          I had to read it for UK high school exam the 'O' level. Boo Radley was a stand out character...Arthur to those who really 'knew' him

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          Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          Good choice of book to review and excellent coverage.

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          Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

          ¨¨¨°º©©º° This lens has been blessed! °º©©º°¨¨¨

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          Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

          This would be one of my top choices, for a book review. Excellent job, and delighted to see it here!

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          Mark_Schwaben 7 years ago

          As a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer I require all my paralegals and attorneys to read this book. Perhaps a bit dictatorial of me, but I find it one of the best legal fiction books in existence. True classic.

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          jolou 7 years ago

          Really excellent review of this wonderful book, and learning more about Harper Lee. I thought Gregory Peck was outstanding in the movie.

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          California_Dreamin 7 years ago

          Great lens on To Kill a Mockingbird. I saw a post on the Huffington Post about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the book's release and, remembering your lens, thought you might be interested in it. Here's a link to the post:

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-kornbluth/to-k...

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          JanieceTobey 6 years ago

          Thanks for sharing so much about "To Kill A Mockingbird!" Our homeschool co-op is planning to read it next year, so I really appreciate all the info you've provided for us in advance!

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          Still one of my all time favourites. Blessed by an Angel.

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          NarrowPathPubli 6 years ago

          Thank you for this informative lens. I enjoyed your layout, too. Nice job.

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          orebro 6 years ago

          Wow! This is the first SquidLit lens I've seen, and it's fantastic! Very well done.

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          TriviaChamp 6 years ago

          A great tribute to a a great novel. Kudos.

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          daoine lm 6 years ago

          What a shame Harper Lee never wrote anything else! I didn't realise that; not sure why I hadn't thought to look for more of her books.

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          seegreen 6 years ago

          I've always loved this book. It's time for me to read it again.

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          Jacqueline Marshall 6 years ago from Chicago area

          Your lens does the book justice! Awesome.

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          Louis Wery 6 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

          I like the way you showed passages from the book to illustrate elements of excellent story writing. You inspire me to read To Kill a Mockingbird again.

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          Peregrina LM 6 years ago

          This is a great lens on a wonderful book!

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          The Afrikan 6 years ago

          i didn't particularly like this book. maybe it was the environment that i read the book in, but i don't have happy memories of this book.

          the part that stuck with me was the repeated use of the N word (my teacher read this book to us in grade 9, and she didn't skip the words... said it each time it was written). i personally have read better books about racism... The Autobiography of Malcolm X for example, but that's not mandatory reading material in schools like TKAMB

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          sallemange 6 years ago

          I really have to read this. My partner told me all about it. It was high school reading for him. I read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and it wasn't until I say the film about him that I learned that he was such as close friend of Harper Lee.

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          Andy 6 years ago from London, England

          Great lens about a classic book. Even here in England this one of the classics that most avid readers will have read.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I think you have done a wonderful job creating this. To Kill A Mockingbird is a great classic!

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          dantownehall lm 6 years ago

          What a great book, I've read it many times. I didn't know it was Harper Lee's first book, that kind of reminds me of Norman McClean.

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          Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

          nucely done Linda

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          LouisaDembul 6 years ago

          I have read this books so many times I cannot count. It is a masterpiece.

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          italianizeyours 6 years ago

          It's amazing that Harper Lee on had 1 published, and it is one of the most recognized books by an American author. What a great lens.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Good work on this.

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          Filo3030 6 years ago

          This lens brings back fond memories of the book and the motion picture. Thanks for the memories.

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          AWildDog 6 years ago

          Nice lens, it caught my eye after I remembered reading it at school... well some of it... first 17 pages but hey I passed an exam on it! I didn't really enjoy it then but I have for some months now been considering re-reading it. Great lens.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Have to say, one of my favorite all time classics..don't know which was better the movie or the book!

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          lilmuchang1 6 years ago

          My brother introduced this book to me years ago, but haven't been able to finish it ever since :p Maybe I'll start reading it again, and finish it this time..

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          Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

          I appreciated the time you put into this lens! Excellent!!

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          theconditionpod 6 years ago

          Nice to see this lens on here thank you. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' was the first book I read and loved. I had to read it in high school and it sparked my love for reading.

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          Pete D 6 years ago

          Great lens. Well presented with a lot of info.

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          sheriangell 6 years ago

          One of my favorite books ever. I read it many years ago, it was one of my first "big girl" books. I should read it again. Well done.

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          kimmanleyort 6 years ago

          Just revisiting to bless this lens as a superb example of using the SquidLit template and creating a substantive review with interaction.

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          Tempus 6 years ago

          Wow! Great Book-Great Lens. I remember reading this book so often at school that I knew the first chapter verbatim.

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          Sarah Switalski 6 years ago from Iowa

          Aw... I see you already got a blessing this month but I'm going to go ahead and give you another one. This is a fabulous book review about an incredible book! Blessings :)

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          BuildingBlockToys 6 years ago

          Never read this book or watched the movie, but after reading your lens, I think I will have to ;)

          Great lens!

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          scar4 6 years ago

          Great lens and interesting quiz.

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          WorldVisionary 6 years ago

          Loved this lens. Thanks!

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          trezpazz 6 years ago

          Gem of a lens!

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          Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          Great lens making us think through the book. Blessed by a squid angel.

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          spider-girl 6 years ago

          I love your lens!

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          EuroSquid LM 6 years ago

          Great lens, thumbs up and blessing from an Angel.

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          Ben Reed 6 years ago

          A wonderful lens.

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          Joan4 6 years ago

          To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorites - the book and the movie!

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          clickityclack 6 years ago

          Great lens!! One of my all time favorite books!!

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          curtis62 6 years ago

          Good Lens keep it up.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          When I watched the movie, I immediately got the book. I just love the story of this novel!

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          Philippians468 6 years ago

          great review! thank you for this refreshing lens! cheers

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          heehaw lm 6 years ago

          i heard a lot of this book from my friend but have not read it.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          the book was the worst book ever wate of time don't read it

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          JeaniG 6 years ago

          Wonderful lens about a wonderful book! Another great lens from one of my favorite lensmasters.

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          Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

          Great lens on To Kill a Mockingbird, which is truly a great book! Blessed by an angel on the Memorial Day bus trip!

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          David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

          Not just a fine review, but a great tribute and well-deserved by Harper Lee.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Wonderful, wonderful lens! Detailed and obviously in love with the book and author

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          TravelingRae 5 years ago

          A great lens about a great book.

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          Mickie Goad 5 years ago

          Recently I read an article in the Birmingham News about Harper Lee. Her friend - a minister in her hometown - related the time that Ms. Lee revealed why she did not right another book: she did not enjoy the publicity and attention she got and did not want to experience it again.

          Blessed today by this Squid Angel.

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          LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

          "To Kill A Mockingbird" is a real "landmark" book. This lens has been blessed by this Squid Angel as part of the "Back To School Bus Trip"!

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          franstan lm 5 years ago

          Love this lens

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          GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

          I loved your section here on "Read Like A Writer". It really gave me a new way to think about it.

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          AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

          Loved the book and the movie Very comprehensive lens.

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          CalamariFritti 5 years ago

          Great lens! The book is a classic and I look forward to my kids reading it someday.

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          ScamsOfTheHeart 5 years ago

          Informative lens about one of my most favorite books (and movies) of all time.

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          bbudoyono lm 5 years ago

          You touched all the bases. I haven't read the novel. Now you make me want to read it. Thanks for this excellent lens.

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          bbudoyono lm 5 years ago

          Excellent!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Brilliant! Best wishes :)

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          NidhiRajat 5 years ago

          wonderful ideas and amazing contents!!!

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          CreativeExpress 5 years ago

          Great lens! I especially enjoyed the inserts for writers...clever idea!

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          BillSimmons 5 years ago

          Awesome lens!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Love this book. First visit to a theatre was to see the play of book.

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          dwnovacek 5 years ago

          My favorite book! I appreciate the wonderful lens you've made spotlighting this great work of fiction. Angel Blessings!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          glad I browsed upon this tonight, gave this lens a 'thumbs up'.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I grew up in Selma, Alabama during the 1960s. I can attest that Harper Lee accurately captured life in Alabama in To Kill a Mockingbird. Thanks for sharing this great lens with us.

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          kjbranch77 5 years ago

          Fantastic lens for a great book

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          hughgrissettsr lm 5 years ago

          loved your lens! saw the movie as a child, read the book as a teenager ,loved both!

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          hughgrissettsr lm 5 years ago

          loved your lens! saw the movie as a child, read the book as a teenager ,loved both!

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          Rakhi_Dalal 5 years ago

          Great Lens :)....I love this book and its amazing to gather so much information relating to this book on the lens.

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          artillery lm 5 years ago

          This book is such a classic. Your lens really does it justice.

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          JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

          This is a very informative lens ... nicely done!

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          Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

          Thank you for this. How wonderful to see that this book got the acclaim that it truly deserves.

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          KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

          This is one of the classics that I haven't gotten around to reading yet, but it's on my list.

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          NZHarris 5 years ago

          I have read this book over 5 times. I love it so much.

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          Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

          @NZHarris: Wow! You must love to read a lot! That's great. I love it every time I read To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee's writing style is fantastic.

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          Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

          @KarenCookieJar: Karen - do read it . . . it is worth at least one read-through in a lifetime!

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          Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

          @Johanna Eisler: Yes, I think the numerous awards came as a surprise to Harper Lee. She thought she was just writing a book for children, and it turned out to be the most popular novel of the century!

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          Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

          @artillery lm: Thanks so much . . . the book deserves all the attention it gets.

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          h2ofs1 5 years ago

          Awesome awesome book, great lens and thanks

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          iPadGeek 5 years ago

          One of my absolute favorite books. This is what got me into reading Grisham and Michael Connelly. But then, nothing beats Atticus Finch :)

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          Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

          Great book review, thanks for sharing.

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          Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

          This is a great lens.Love all the info.Hope to be this good one day.I am new at this and trying to find my way.Learn a lot more after reading your lens.

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          Fabulous book review. I read To Kill A Mockingbird when I was a child. Now I would like to revisit the book and have a renewed experience with it at this stage of life. It would be quite interesting to see how my encounter with this classic has changed with time.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Love the lens! :)

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          MoonMaa 5 years ago

          Excellent lens and book review. I read,"To Kill A Mocking Bird" when I was a teenager and I really enjoyed reading it. It was a very good book.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Outstanding lens on a great book.

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          Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

          Great lens. Now I really want to read the book!

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          Zut Moon 5 years ago

          Good Lens ... Good Book.

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          uktvbrackets lm 5 years ago

          nice lens, not read the book or seen the movie but i think i will try to get this on DVD.

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          DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

          Wow, I learned a lot about a book that I have read several times!

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          DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

          Wow, I learned a lot about a book that I have read several times!

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          Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

          i liked this so much, I " liked" you 5x :)....return the favor would be appreciated

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          ifuturz 5 years ago

          I liked this

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          Edutopia 5 years ago

          Great lens for a great book. Hope everyone who reads this lens puts as much effort into reading the book as you did making this lens.

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          MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

          So glad it's good to know that this book is still required reading

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          PecjakJN 5 years ago

          I like this, great lens!

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          Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin

          Great lens!

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          carldavies1234 lm 5 years ago

          Top lens. Good book you picked there!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens about a wonderful classic novel!

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          emmakeynes 5 years ago

          Great lens. Her childhood friend, Truman Capote, (Dill is based on him) wrote a book called "In Cold Blood" and she helped him do the research and his book is dedicated to her. That book is so great: http://www.squidoo.com/in-cold-blood-truman-capote... That is a must-read book from that time. They were working on it when "To Kill A Mockingbird" was published.

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          orange3 lm 5 years ago

          One of my all-time favorites :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          A wonderful classic!

          Blessed by a Squidoo Angel

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          sherridan 5 years ago

          This and Of Mice and Men, which you also mention, are two books which have really touched me.

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          JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

          Thanks for publishing such a detailed and resourceful review of this classic. ~~Blessed~~

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          Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

          Excellent lens! Congratulations on your well-deserved Purple Star award for this lens!!!

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          Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          I came back to bless this lens.

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          microfarmproject 5 years ago

          I enjoyed reading this lens about a wonderful classic. Thank you!

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          blessedmomto7 5 years ago

          I remember reading this novel years and years ago, now my high schooler is reading it for summer reading. Loved it!

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          BuddyBink 5 years ago

          I have never read the book or seen the movie. Your lens has shown me I now need to do both. Excellent lens.

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          David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

          Nice lens! As a writer, I'm also a book lover! Congrats on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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          noner 5 years ago

          I have not read this novel in many, many years. It appears I need to read it again and refresh my memory.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens, congrats on Purple Star.

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          Anna2of5 5 years ago

          I knew it was a classic but I haven't read it, yet. There was a piece about Harper Lee that was on PBS. I haven't seen the movie yet either though I believe it was well received. Thank you for producing the lens. It was interesting. Well done.

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          Hubcaps.com 5 years ago from 5611 Kimball Court Chino, California 91710

          great book brings me way back!

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          Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

          @hubcaps lm: Yes, I'm so glad I read it again... what a beautiful story!

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          aiclogcabins 5 years ago

          A really good lens even if it wasn't my favourite book

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          mamun_js 5 years ago

          Very Nice

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          Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

          @mamun_js: I'm glad you think so!

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          mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

          This is one novel I want to revisit. It's been some years since I've read it and I know I enjoyed it. I'd like to see how the older me views it.

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          VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

          Great lens!

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          Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

          @VspaBotanicals: Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Thank you for this lens. I've bookmarked it; I want to spend more time here. I'm so glad this book continues to be taught in our schools year after year.

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          dwnovacek 4 years ago

          A great lens about an incredible book. I've returned to this lens many times, and always come away in awe of Ms. Lee's work. Angel Blessed!

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          SianaL 4 years ago

          I just adore To Kill A Mockingbird! I always wanted to be like Scout when I was younger...actually I still want to be like her.

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