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To Kill A Mockingbird has been my favorite fiction title since before I read it in middle school. I saw the movie when it came out in 1962, although I’m not sure of the exact date. I know that I was very close to Scout’s age in the novel when I saw it on the big screen. It has had an influence on me since then. It has especially had an influence on my writing. For those of you who have not followed this blog or any of my previous blogs, much of my writing is about my childhood and, most often, told through the eyes of the child that I was at the time. Like Scout. I didn’t do it intentionally. It is just the way it came. It is what fascinates me, how life and the world slowly reveals itself to the innocent child and how that child perceives this new knowledge and what they might not understand.

It surprises me, although it shouldn’t, that To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, remains one of the most often banned and challenged books in this country. It has been challenged and removed from many school reading lists. Some reasons include the profanity in the novel, although it is not “misused” or gratuitously used. It has also been challenged because of the rape case which is highlighted in the novel. There are a lot of reasons cited for the challenges and the banning but when it comes down to it, I think it is because it has made many people and many societies uncomfortable in the portrayal of social and legal injustice of the classes and of the races. Is this something we should be sheltering students from? Not in my book. To me, we need to make our young people aware of these injustices. Without awareness, things will never be questions; things will never change.

What do you think? Is one of your favorite books on the Frequently Challenged Books list? Tell us about that book. I’m betting more than one of your favorites is on those lists.

 

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