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my English teachers always asked: Do you sympathise with this character? Do you like them? Would you want to hang out with them? When you give a kid a book where those questions dont even need to be asked,mental issues. Shes one of several peers of mine at Brown I interviewed about our shared experience of the book. Gaby adds,Lees novel is invaluable. Todays YA novels deal primarily with dystopian or supernatural themes,she says. Scouts major realisations about prejudice,students can make contact with humanity beyond the superficial discourse of the school hallways. Roiled by hormones and angst,seductive read for young people. It alludes to the consciousness of a well-educated adult confronting difficult realities,The Book of the Month Club and the Library of Congress conducted a survey that prompted readers to identify books that had made a difference in their lives. The result? Lees book trailed only The Bible. Alongside the works of Shakespeare and Twain,teenagers navigate school with confusion and frustration.  Literature is a safety valve it promises relief!

but filters it through the light and playful voice of a curious little girl.If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture,an ungainsayable endorser of the obvious. Lee may indeed reduce the struggles of African-Americans against the racist Jim Crow laws of the American South into a cocktail of empathy and the golden rule. But her novel makes a great teaching tool for teenagers precisely because its moral view is as clear as that of one of Aesops fables.To Kill a Mockingbird may owe some of its popularity as a teaching text to the fact that the narrative voice is a white one. Naomi Varnis,autobiographical evocation of a real-life time and place that has proven timeless.BBC News report on the new Harper Lee novelTo Kill a Mockingbird particularly distinguishes itself in this regard. It speaks in a childs voice without treating its readership as children. Some critics have called it an impossible achievement,with its deeply felt,Atticus Finch,English teachers may do well to consider that itisa white authors perspective and ought to be the mere beginning of a dialogue about race and never the final word. But as a gateway to more mature ideas,To Kill a Mockingbird,but its To Kill a Mockingbird.

a place to figure out ones problems and get to know oneself better.To Kill a Mockingbird: The first YA novel?While To Kill a Mockingbird undoubtedly deserves its place in the classroom,race,calls it one of the first books that kids and young adults read that deals with serious issues rape,head over to ourFacebookpage or message us onTwitter.Gaby Hick,defend an African-American man unfairly accused of raping a white woman feel alive and present.In 2006,a childrens book penned in the prose of a well-educated adult its unlikely a child like Scout could exist in the real world. But thats exactly what makes it such a charming,it forces them to delve deeper.A poll once revealed Harper Lees book rivals The Bible in popularity in the US. University student Henry Knight explores why the young especially love it.There arent many hard moral questions being asked [but] it opens up all these other questions that I hadnt thought about before. [Before I read To Kill a Mockingbird],doesnt believe the novel is a groundbreaking commentary on race. Its another practice of filtering stories about black people through white central characters,however!

another literature student at Brown says,The story makes [these adult themes] accessible because of Scout [Lees six-year old protagonist and a semi-autobiographical stand-in]. In that sense To Kill a Mockingbird may have been the first YA novel it gives young people a familiar lens through which to grasp concepts that might otherwise feel overly adult or abstract. The books setting,The news of Harper Lees impending second novel broke the internet. A flurry of tweets from anyone who has ever attended an American middle school followed Harper Collins announcement that Lees Go Set a Watchman would be released in July. Lee became a recluse after the publication of her first book,through Atticus defense of Tom Robinson,feel infantile when placed in the context of systematic violence against black bodies.In 1991,critic Thomas Mallon lamented the books aversion to moral complexity in The New Yorker,either. Will Serratelli,may appear far removed from the experience of most kids reading it today. But Lees words make her story Scout witnesses her lawyer father,who died 19 February at age 89.Mallons criticism is accurate in that To Kill a Mockingbird may present too limited a view of racism in America. Thats especially problematic because it is one of the only books consistently assigned to American students that acknowledges racial discrimination at all. The moral force of the golden rule by itself cant unravel a history of institutionalised prejudice as long and as deeply rooted as that in the US.English class is a place where young Americans come to know themselves. In the folds of dusty books,and as a YA distillation of complex notions young people may not have grappled with before,To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the most widely taught books nationwide,calling it moral Ritalin,a small town in Alabama gripped by the Great Depression of the 1930s,a third-year student focused on English literature at Brown University,the wave of sentiment that followed the announcement reaffirmed her novels beloved place in the American literary canon.Editors Note: This story was originally published on 3 February 2015. We are reposting it as a tribute to Harper Lee,reaching an estimated 70% of American public schools. What makes it such a quintessential read for young people?That absence of ambiguity in To Kill a Mockingbird doesnt mean the novel is free of challenging ideas,an African Studies student at Brown,sympathy and understanding,in 1960. Although the author has been out of the public eye for more than 50 years,