I can't help but to give this book top ratings in all categories. The book "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is truely a classic. Ever since reading it in the 9th grade, it has been my favorite book. I even had my mother get me the movie one year for Christmas. This book was published in 1960. It tells the story of two young children, Scout and Jem Finch, being raised by their lawyer father, Atticus Finch. This story takes place in Alabama in the 1930s, a time when the Great Depression had settled in and racism ran wild. The story is told through the eyes of Scout Finch, an 8 year old girl who is full of curiousity. Scout and her brother Jem have many adventures with some of the other children in town. The real heart of the story is the fact that her father, Atticus, is appointed to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman. Despite the fact that both Scout and Jem get picked on at school because their father defending a black man, Atticus instills the idea that everyone deserves fair justice. This novel will touch your heart in so many ways. It provokes all different emotions and forces you to really think. It teaches you that some people will risk so much to stand up for what they believe in. This book will always have a special place on my bookshelf.