Panther Reads

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee


Annika Pepper

U.S. history teacher and varsity boys basketball coach Joshua Reeves sits at his desk with “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. The book focuses on racism in the 1930s and how a small family navigates the struggle between right and wrong in the South.

Joslyn Weber, Editor

Varsity boys basketball coach and U.S. history teacher Joshua Reeves’ all-time favorite book is “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

“It gives you a profile of characters that are just good,” Reeves said, “[The characters are] wholly good no matter what society tells them to be.”

“To Kill A Mockingbird” follows the residents of Maycomb, Alabama, more specifically the Finch family. Told from the perspective of Scout, the book follows Atticus as a lawyer and the cultural influences of the South during the Great Depression.

The main theme of the book focuses on moral nature and making sacrifices between good and evil.

“Atticus Finch, to me, is one of the most quintessential ‘good’ people making a huge sacrifice,” Reeves said.

Best known for “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee grew up in Alabama and wrote for the University of Alabama’s school newspaper. After she dropped out of law school and moved to the North to follow the passion of writing, she helped Truman Capote write his first novel, “In Cold Blood.”

“There are a lot of people that struggle with feeling what the right decision is to make,” Reeves said. “They have that buyer’s remorse no matter what decision they make.. and [the book] kind of helps you trust yourself a little bit.”

Highlighting the struggles of a man in the South to choose between right and wrong, “To Kill A Mockingbird” is an influential read for many.