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The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: Adult 18+
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 730L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Putnam Adult
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2009
NO. PAGES: 464
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
ISBN: 0399155341
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
The Help—Book Review

In 1962 Mississippi, three very different women -- two black maids and a young white college graduate -- put their lives at risk for a common cause. Together they secretly work on a project to tell their stories, and fight their own battle over racism and sexism.
The Scoop
The Help—Book Review
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This easy read is a compelling crowd pleaser with depth. It is rich with discussion material about racism, sexism, friendship, hope, and doing the right thing (even when it makes you unpopular). A main character stands up for equality, even though she is then alienated by most of her friends and family. The women of color show admirable courage and perseverance, as they tell their story even though it puts them in danger. Nothing too extreme that would make the book inappropriate for teens: a woman has a miscarriage and it is described, a mother slaps her child, and a main character "makes out" with her boyfriend. A happy ending ties up this story nicely.
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