Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and quickly became a best-seller. To Kill a Mockingbird is considered standard reading for millions of young people.

The book is about a girl named Scout growing up during the Depression in Alabama, and the things she learns about people and life over the course of two years.

The little girl had a quick mind so she grasped most lessons from her father, Atticus, and the rest from her own experience. The book is filled with life lessons and it brilliantly depicts how people can develop ugly behaviors towards others, because of a series of misconceptions they get exposed to while being young.

Scout sees for herself that even the justice system is tainted by unfairness and at only 8 years she grasps a valuable lesson about empathy — we can only understand others by putting ourselves in their shoes.

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