10. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language; racism
Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is widely accepted as one of the best classic novels of all time. It follows a young girl, Scout, and her childhood friends as they experience life in Alabama in the 1930s. Scout’s father, Atticus, is appointed by the court to defend Tom Robinson, a Black man accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman. Atticus and his family are verbally attacked by the community, but he remains morally upstanding throughout it all, teaching Scout — and whoever reads the book — about compassion, love and the power of the human spirit.
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