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Just Mercy: adapted for young audience

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

NONFICTION by Bryan Stevenson, 277 pages, Grades 7 and up

Bryan Stevenson is an attorney, a social justice activist and the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. His mission is to bring more justice to the criminal justice system. He shares stories of varied individuals and their experiences with the criminal justice system illustrating its unfairness, its racial inequities, its harsh realities and challenges, and how it can sometimes work for good. Stevenson reminds readers that, “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done,” and helps readers to feel compassion for the humanity we continue to incarcerate often unfairly and inhumanely. 

If you enjoy reading nonfiction, you might also like: The Other Wes Moore, an autobiography by Wes Moore, Zeitoun, a biography by Dave Eggers, or Superman vs. the KKK, by Rick Bowers.

 

Zebra Forest

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

download-2by Adina Rishe Gewirtz, 200 pages, Grades 6 and up

Annie lives on the edge of the forest with her little brother Rew and her Gran. They live a pretty quiet life, but it is not easy because Rew and Annie’s grandma is not really able to take care of them. They don’t complain, though, because they want to stay together and while the house might not be super tidy and their meals might sometimes be thrown together, they are managing. One thing that brings them joy is the beautiful forest next to their house; it was always a peaceful place until the scary man tumbled out of it and ran into their house. The man had escaped from prison and run through the woods; he decided to hold them hostage and wait out the police search of the area. Something is fishy about the way Gran reacted to this man in their house bossing them around; is she just older and more confused than they realize or is this man someone she knows?

If you enjoy reading books that include family mysteries you might also like: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, by Leslie Connor, Trell, by Dick Lehr, or Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine.

 

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

25817074by Leslie Connor, 381 pages, Grades 5-8

CYRM NOMINEE

Perry has always lived at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility; he does attend the local public school, but the rest of the day he lives with the inmates at Blue River. This might seem like an unusual arrangement, and it is, but Perry has never known anything different. He was born while his mother was in prison, and the warden made special arrangements to allow Perry to stay with his mother. Some things about this life are not easy for Perry; he can’t invite friends over to play, he gets teased at school because his mother is a convicted inmate, but mostly Perry loves Blue River. His friends are other inmates and no one in the correctional facility teases him; they are the most supportive family he can imagine. Of course, he and his mom can’t wait until they can live on the outside; they have all kinds of plans and dreams for what that will look like one day. They are counting the days until his mom’s parole hearing, and everything seems on track, but, as Perry has learned growing up in a prison, some things are not as easy or straight-forward as they might seem.

If you enjoy realistic fiction, you might also like another book by this author called: Waiting for Normal, or if you are interested in books about unusual family situations you might also like Wild Things, by Clay Carmichael, or The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron.