Alamance Reads a chance to revisit classic

Reviewed by Christian Hornaday
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

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It’s a classic tale of growth told through the eyes of a child oblivious to the change taking place. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” this year’s Alamance Reads selection, is an unforgettable novel that stands the test of time.
   Harper Lee accurately records the assumptions rationalized in the mind of a child while allowing the reader to relate easily to memories of childhood angst and simple thoughts.
   Set in the 1930s in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, Scout Finch tells the readers of her growth in the span of a few years with her elder brother, Jem, and friend Dill. During these years, the children progress through a time of mysterious happenings as well as eye-opening events.
   With the many secrets surrounding neighbor Boo Radley, the children mature from pulling pranks in an attempt to see this ghostlike figure to simply wondering in passing what happens behind his ever-closed front door.
   The children also see a trial unfold with judgments made based on race as well as social class.
   Throughout this process, Scout sees how a society can seriously misjudge a person and learns to form an opinion of a person by her own experiences.
   While some schools incorporate this novel into an English curriculum, any person who has yet to laugh and cry along with the characters created by Harper Lee has been deprived of a chance for serious thought about basic principles a child can learn that some adults may need to revisit.
   The Friends of the Alamance County Public Libraries have a number of events planned in conjunction with the classic novel, including a free screening of the 1962 Academy award-winning film starring Gregory Peck at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the Graham Cinema, 119 N. Main St., Graham.
   Be sure to purchase a copy of the book for $7 plus tax or check it out. It’s available at all of the Alamance County public libraries. This book will not disappoint, whether it’s your first time or10th time through.

 For more details on Alamance Reads, visit www.alamancereads.com.

Christian Hornaday is a junior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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