The message of JUST MERCY adapted for young readers

By Shaughnessy Miller | September 18 2018 | Community & School Reads Kids: Biography & Autobiography Community & School Reads Kids: Nonfiction First-Year Reading: Memoir & Biography

Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy has a powerful message and is a frequent choice for first year and community-wide reading programs. In his book, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America’s most rejected and marginalized people.

The book was originally published for adult audiences, but these issues also affect many of our young people today. In the video below, Stevenson explains why it is important to discuss corrupt systems in our society and educate young people on how they can take action.

 

Download the Discussion Guide for conversation starters, tips for using this book in a common reading program, and ways students can take action. Email slmarket@randomhouse.com to request a Just Mercy Community Reads Kit.

Read an excerpt

Critics rave about the young adult adaptation:

⋆ “A deeply moving collage of true stories. . . . This is required reading.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“As compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so.” —The New York Times

 

A True Story of the Fight for Justice
978-0-525-58003-4
Young Adult Nonfiction - Social Science - Politics & Government
Young Adult Nonfiction - Law & Crime
Young Adult Nonfiction - Biography & Autobiography - Social Activists
In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestseller Just Mercy, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so," Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America's most rejected and marginalized people. AS SEEN ON CBS THIS MORNING!
$18.99 US | $24.99 CAN
Sep 18, 2018
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
288 Pages
Delacorte Press
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
World