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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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I have read this book with kids and watched what a coming-of-age experience it can be. I think I become a better person with each rereading. It is a book that not only opens a beautiful and painful world to the reader but also gives tools with which to cope with everything it, and life, has to offer. I have seen this book break people's hearts and repair them dozens of times. I have sat on a beach, looking at the waves with a child whose world was split open with this book and I have wondered if maybe I shouldn't have given it to her to read. But in our society that works so hard at protecting and sheltering kids, this book was one of the only true coming-of-age experiences this child, and many others, are allowed to have happen to them. In the long run, that is why I think this book is even more vitally important than ever before.
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