Mya Recommends: To Kill a Mockingbird

Mya is 14 years old and an avid reader. We love talking about books together. I thought a teenage perspective might be beneficial if you are searching to find books for a teenager of your own. Mya was willing to help out. Here is another one of her picks:

With this month being black history month, I thought I might talk about one of my all-time favorites, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

To Kill a Mockingbird takes place during the time of segregation in the deep south. The story is told through the eyes of Scout, who is around the age of 9 or 10. Scout’s father, Atticus, is a lawyer. Through most of the book, a trial is taking place in which Atticus is defending a black man in a county where the law and court are very prejudiced. As the story progresses, you see how the town acts toward Atticus, Scout and her older brother Jem. All of this is told through the eyes of a child, and shows some powerful truths about prejudice and other issues.

Due to several times the “n” word is used, To Kill a Mockingbird should be read by more mature middle school students and up. Also the trial is centered on the claim of a white girl that she was raped by the man Atticus is defending. However, because the story is told through the eyes of a young girl, it never gets graphic.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a must read for anyone who enjoys books set in the time of segregation in the south or if you enjoy reading books written from a more innocent perspective that still cover hard truths.

Also, if you enjoy To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is a book I think you would like. They both show hard things, through a young person's perspective. 


Thanks Mya!

I agree, To Kill a Mockingbird is a great teen read. I know a lot of kids read it in high school, but reading it by choice is even better. I think if you read this classic as a teen, it would be a great book to read again as an adult. It is a timeless story that you can learn from and appreciate in new ways at different stages in your life. It is one of my all-time favorites too!

While preparing to post this, I noticed that a graphic novel of this classic story is in the works. It is due to release in October of this year. I will be curious to read it. There are so many good things in this book, if publishing it in a new format gets more readers interested in it I am all for it!