To kill a mockingbird book report

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To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee and was published in 1960. To Kill a Mockingbird won many awards, they are; Pulitzer Prize, 1961, Alabama Library Association award, 1961, Brotherhood Award of National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1961, Bestsellers' paperback of the year award, 1962. Harper Lee was born on the 28th day of April in 1926 in southwest, in a small town called Monroeville. Harper Lee went to Huntingdon College from 1944-45, from 1945-49 she studied law at the University of Alabama, and attended one year at Oxford University. In the 1950's she worked as a reservation clerk with BOAC in New York City and with Eastern Air Lines. In June 1966, President Johnson named Harper Lee to the National Council of Arts.

To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb Alabama, in the late 1930's early 1940's, because Jean Louise (Scout) and Atticus were reading in the newspaper how Hitler was killing the Jews (Hitler was in power between the early 1930's to the mid 1940's).

"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 than: a black dog suffered on a summers day. . ." (p5).

In this story a lot of characters were introduced to the reader. Jem Finch played a big role in this book. "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm broken at the elbow. . . His left arm was slightly shorter than his right; when he stood or walked, the back of his hand was at right angles to his body, his thumb parallel to his thigh." (p3). "His hair stuck up behind...