I just finished Part One of To Kill a Mockingbird. It was excellent! The children, Scout and Jem, are continuing to grow in their understanding of the world, racism, and people in general. Both children are dealing with their father being made fun of and chastised for defending a black man in court; they are learning to cope with the situations that come about and be "gentlemen." Also, Jem has an encounter with an old lady who lives down the street and learns about dealing with people's negative remarks, and about suffering the consequences of negative actions. It's very easy to relate to for the young adult reader; education in disguise!