I currently am reading To kill a Mockingbird in my Eighth grade E.L.A class. I have recently read part one. The start of the book made me think the book was going to be some kind of horror story, but then it started to talk about what I wanted to read. This book is about a normal, white family during the Great Depression in Alabama. Little tomboy girl, Scout, likes to act and think like a man, like her older brother Jem, a cunning, brave, charming young lad. Their father, Atticus Finch, is a calm, soft- hearted lawyer who does his job and takes responsibility for his kids. Their small county of Maycomb, which is very old, struggles with racism, which is very severe at this time. I feel sympathetic for the people in Maycomb because no one really gets along with one another, it is very lonely there. I think of the people who dealt with things like racism and the depression are heroes because they have represented strength and have taught us all lessons. At least Scout and Jem have friends. Their good friend Dill Harris from Meridian, Mississippi, visits them often and keeps them from dying of boredom. Maycomb is also very dull. I can see what Harper Lee was talking about when she describes Alabama in this book. As I mentioned before, Maycomb is very racist. Maycomb is segregated by race, and when Atticus defends a black man named Tom Robinson, he is looked down upon by the town. Things get very rough for the Finches as they are judged and intimidated by other people. I would recommend this book to any teen or adult who likes to read about the time of the Great Depression.