Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Jordan’s Jewels where you showcase a favorite cover on your bookshelves.
July 5?! This year is going by fast. This month is also 2015’s second (and last) Camp NaNoWriMo session so I haven’t been doing much reading so much as quite a bit of writing. This week we are going to take a break from the usual Showcase Sunday routine after all Showcase Sunday is about showing beautiful covers with pride. I decided to show my American pride as yesterday was the Fourth of July. This Showcase Sunday is a little different… in a good way. I will still be showing a cover but it won’t be a young adult or middle grade cover as this blog usually features. Enjoy!
To Kill A Mockingbird Synopsis
*Disclaimer: This is a very detailed description of this book. If you have yet to read this American Classic I suggest you stop reading and go pick up a copy. In my opinion it’s a quick read and you’ll be better for having read it.
*Disclaimer Two: This cover is unavailable for purchase. The artist is Mikey Burton who was unable to create it for mass distribution.
Scout and Jem Finch are growing up in the tired old Alabama town of Maycomb. Their father, Atticus, is the local lawyer and as a single parent tries to raise his children with honor and respect to their individualism. With the Depression on times are hard, and there is no money to be found anywhere in town.
To amuse themselves Scout, Jem, and their best friend Dill begin a relentless campaign during their summertimes to get Boo Radley, their reclusive, legendary neighbor, to come out of his house. They concoct endless schemes and even go so far as to create a play that details Boo’s life. Atticus forbids them to have anything to do with Mr. Radley, urging them to let the poor man be.
Atticus is a good man, and one day takes on a case that affects him personally. A black man, Tom Robinson, is accused of beating and raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. Most of the county is convinced immediately that Tom is guilty of the crime, and begin to look at Atticus in a very negative way for actually defending him and trying to do right by him. Scout and Jem begin to get tormented over their father at school, and Atticus begs them not to get riled up over the town’s prejudice.
As the trial begins it becomes apparent to Scout and Jem that there is no way that Tom Robinson could have beaten and raped Mayella Ewell, as his left hand is crippled. Atticus proves that to the jury, and Scout and Jem are astonished when Tom is slapped with a guilty verdict anyway. They begin to realize that many people in town are very prejudiced against blacks, and their hearts are saddened by it. It is hard for them to understand how people can be so mean to each other, and they both begin to see that, even in court where things are supposed to be unbiased, men’s hearts bring in their own hatreds.
It isn’t much longer that Tom is shot and killed for trying to escape while in prison. Jem especially takes the whole affair hard, and it takes him a long time to come to grips with the jury’s decision, and Tom’s death.
After the trial has died down Bob Ewell, Mayella’s father, begins threatening Atticus for embarrassing him in court, and resolves that he’ll get him back one way or another. Atticus is convinced that he’s all talk, and passes it off as such.
Time crawls past, and finally Bob Ewell is good to his word and attacks the children Halloween night with a knife. He breaks Jem’s arm and almost kills Scout, but Boo Radley, of all people, comes to their rescue and saves them. The sheriff, Heck Tate, hushes the whole thing over so Boo Radley will not be dragged into the spotlight, and Scout is thrilled to finally get to meet the man they for so long fantasized about. As she walks him back home, she realizes that all this time he was watching them from his front porch windows, and just for a little while she is able to stand in his shoes.
Description taken from Wikipedia
As I mentioned this is a special Showcase Sunday. I hope to see you again soon. Happy reading and please take some time to honor the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom.