What is the book To Kill a Mockingbird about?

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There are two distinct plot lines in To Kill a Mockingbird. The first involves the children, Jem and Scout Finch, and their fascination with the recluse, Boo Radley. The novel takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the depression. Jem and Scout grew up on stories of Boo Radley who, after getting into some trouble as a teenager, is kept inside his house by his parents. Later, he stabs his father with a pair of scissors, and the myth of Boo Radley as a monstrous character who roams the streets at night is born. Scout and Jem become obsessed with seeing Boo, and they try all manner of things to get him to come out. The second plot line centers on the racism prevalent in the South at that time. Scout's father Atticus is a lawyer, and he is given the case of Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of raping a white woman. During the course of Tom Robinson's trial, and the events that follow, Jem and Scout learn a lot about the inner working of their southern town.

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