Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death: The Story of Steven Truscott (Real Justice (Lorimer))

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At fourteen, Steve Truscott was a typical teenager in rural Ontario in the fifties, mainly concerned about going fishing, playing football, and racing bikes with his friends. One summer evening, his twelve-year-old classmate, Lynne Harper, asked for a lift to the nearby highway on his bicycle and Steve agreed. Unfortunately, that made Steve the last person known to see Lynne alive.

His world collapsed around him when he was arrested and then convicted of killing Lynne Harper. The penalty at the time was death by hanging. Although the sentence was changed to life in prison, Steve suffered for years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. When his case gained national attention, the Supreme Court of Canada reviewed the evidence -- and confirmed his conviction.

It took over forty years and a determination to prove his innocence for him to finally clear his name. He has since received an apology and compensation for his ordeal.

In this book, young readers will discover how an innocent boy was presumed guilty by the justice system, and how in the end, that same justice system, prodded by Truscott and his lawyers, was able to acknowledge the terrible wrong done to him.

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Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death How fourteen-year-old Steven Truscott was sentenced to hang, had his conviction upheld by the Supreme Court, and spent ten years in prison and 48 years trying to clear his name Full description

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Short chapters and direct writing filled with dialogue make this book easily accessible, especially to struggling readers. A centre section, filled with black and white photos of the principals and the crime scene, adds to the story's authenticity and an appended glossary defines legal terms. Recommended with reservations. ("tabloid-style journalism ")--Kay Weisman"CM: Canadian Review of Materials" (05/10/2012)

"[A] clearly written, compelling book. . . Author Swan deftly interweaves dialogue with simple urgent text that moves the story along quickly." Rated E - Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!--Joan Marshall "Resource Links "

"Short chapters and direct writing filled with dialogue make this book easily accessible, especially to struggling readers. A centre section, filled with black and white photos of the principals and the crime scene, adds to the story's authenticity and an appended glossary defines legal terms."--Kay Weisman"CM: Canadian Review of Materials" (05/10/2012)

"accessible and easy to read"--Amy Cheney ""School Library Journal" "

"[Real Justice books] are quick and simple reads but will keep reluctant young adult readers flipping the pages to see how the stories turn out."--Sandra O'Brien"Canadian Children's Book News" (12/01/2012)

"I would highly recommend any teacher (especially intermediate grades) use these books to engage their learners, spark discussion, and create a love and interest for reading!"--Janelle White, Grade 7/8 Teacher (04/01/2013)

?The unbelievable journey of Steven Truscott has fascinated Canadians for more than fifty years... Swan gives a gripping account of how young Truscott's life spiraled into a nightmare of wrongful conviction and imprisonment and how it took him forty-seven years to clear his name... This fresh look at the circumstances and details of his wrongful conviction and ultimate acquittal will bring this important and compelling lesson in justice, rightfully, to a whole new generation of readers.?--Norma Fleck Jury Citation (09/06/2013)

"The unbelievable journey of Steven Truscott has fascinated Canadians for more than fifty years... Swan gives a gripping account of how young Truscott's life spiraled into a nightmare of wrongful conviction and imprisonment and how it took him forty-seven years to clear his name... This fresh look at the circumstances and details of his wrongful conviction and ultimate acquittal will bring this important and compelling lesson in justice, rightfully, to a whole new generation of readers."--Norma Fleck Jury Citation (09/06/2013)

"[A clearly written, compelling book. . . Author Swan deftly interweaves dialogue with simple urgent text that moves the story along quickly." Rated E - Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!--Joan Marshall "Resource Links "

"[Real Justice books are quick and simple reads but will keep reluctant young adult readers flipping the pages to see how the stories turn out."--Sandra O'Brien"Canadian Children's Book News" (12/01/2012)

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