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November 9, 2010

'To Kill a Mockingbird' picked for Howard County Reads

Kokomo — Voters at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Public Library chose "To Kill a Mockingbird" as the 2010 Howard County Reads title.

This is the sixth year for the program, but the first time readers have chosen the title.

The libraries accepted nominations, then announced the top 10. Votes were taken in September and October.

"To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee, has been nominated every year since Howard County Reads' beginning.

First published on July 11, 1960, the modern classic novel marked its 50th anniversary this summer. Closely drawn from actual events in Lee’s life, the novel is set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s.

The story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer and father who defends a black man, Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a poor white girl, Mayella Ewell, is narrated by Finch’s 6-year-old daughter, Scout.

The novel explores how her childhood interests collide with reality.

Through both humorous and sad events, Scout and her older brother, Jem, learn lessons in good, evil, and justice.

The novel received the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for literature and was adapted into a movie in 1962. The movie earned several Oscars, including best actor for Gregory Peck as Atticus.

For more information about Howard County Reads, including past winning titles and this year’s nominees, visit www.HowardCountyReads.org or visit your favorite library.

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