The message of JUST MERCY adapted for young readers

By Shaughnessy Miller | September 18 2018 | College & University ReadsAll-School Reads

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 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


Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults)
A True Story of the Fight for Justice
The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller Just Mercy--now a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and the subject of an HBO documentary feature!
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up