Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Great Harper Lee

I don't remember what grade I was in when I was assigned the book "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, but I do remember the impression if left on me. For the first time a school book had me fascinated. I finished well before the deadline. I couldn't put it down.

This is an important book. This was the first book that most kids read with  storyline about racial inequality and injustice. Despite the fact that the book is from 1960 and the plot takes place in the 1930's, the story is still relevant today. Maybe even more so. I remember loving the voice of Scout and finding her to be a strong female character. She was smart and brave. Even Boo Radley didn't scare her. And her father Atticus was a true hero, fighting for justice and against racism while raising children who will make the world better.

Last week Harper Lee passed away at the age of 89. She published a second novel "Go Set a Watchmen"  in 2015. Even with only 2 books she has left a lasting legacy with one great novel.

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” - Harper Lee

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