What it's about: In Maycomb, Alabama, Atticus Finch represents Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Through this trial, he teaches his children, Jem and Scout, to not judge people by the color of their skin, but rather the nature of their character.
Why you should read it: "It’s such a good book for young readers. I read it in 8th grade and it really affected me. It’s a such a classic, simple book about love and empathy that everyone should read." — dental__DAMN
Poignant quote: "Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird."