To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird #1

Harper Lee

fiction classics historical
dark reflective slow-paced

336 pages | first published 1960

Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South--and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred

One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father--a crusading local lawyer--risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

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Moods

emotional 67%
reflective 64%
sad 40%
challenging 32%
inspiring 32%
dark 31%
hopeful 28%
tense 23%
informative 21%
adventurous 20%
funny 13%
mysterious 9%
lighthearted 5%
relaxing 1%

Pace

medium 55%
slow 38%
fast 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 44% | Character: 40% | Plot: 14%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 4% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

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