To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is one of the most famous books written in American Literature. The book can be split into two halves, both of which have similarities. The first half follows Scout and Jem Finch, and their childhood. The second follows Scout's father, Atticus defending Tom Robinson, a black man, who is falsely accused of raping a white woman. The story takes place in the 1930s in Alabama, a time when racism and segregation against blacks was at a prime.
A popular assignment for high school students, To Kill a Mockingbird explores themes of racial prejudice and injustice, and the coming-of-age of both Scout and her brother Jem, making this book a timely and fun read overall.