To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Posted on 11/18/2019
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“This is a really motivational book about African Americans overcoming oppression and is a great learning tool for both history and literature! This read is sure to transport you!”
Alex Gifford, 11th grader at Hixson High School

To Kill A Mockingbird is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Alex Gifford, 11th-grade student at Hixson High School. To Kill A Mockingbird is a 1960 fiction novel by Harper Lee. To Kill A Mockingbird was an instant success, being read in high schools and middle schools across the United States, leading it to become a classic of modern American literature winning the Pulitzer Prize. The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee's observations of her family, her neighbors and an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1936, when she was ten years old.

Editorial Reviews

4 and a half starsfrom Amazon Readers


Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor, and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

Random employee fact: Ellen Holl, school counselor for Harrison Bay Future Ready Center, grew up in Monroeville, Alabama, home of Harper Lee. She met her and has a first edition signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird!

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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan. We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023