To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a book about a rebellious tomboy named Scout, and her adventures with her older brother Jem. The book focuses on their adventures through school and the outside world. They learn about what it was like to be an African American in the early forties, and how you were hated just because of the color of your skin. They learn anger and sorrow, suffering and pain, as well as happiness and joy. Equality, prejudice and empathy are themes that show up many times in this book mainly by their father Atticus who is a very respected man in their town and Calpurnia the housekeeper that is like a mother to them.