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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

At first the novel focuses on the childish games of three children but slowly the real theme of the novel, which is racial prejudice in the Southern states emerges. A black man is charged with the rape of a white woman. In the scenes which deal with the accusation and the trial, the child's voice becomes morally powerful, and the narrative has a compulsive, thrilling force.

Harper Lee was born in Alabama. To Kill a Mocking Bird, which won the Pulitzer Prize, is her only novel.

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee