Stories of childhood can be entertaining, informing and even instructive. A discussion of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Kite Runner emphasizes the richness and complexity of these novels and explores some of those lessons to be learned from children. Each novel gives readers the world of childhood. Though set in two different centuries and in two different countries, the stories have strong similarities that transcend time and place: sense of place, family, class (economic and social), race/ethnicity, games, importance of education (or lack of it), and influences of society, community, government and religion on children.
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