The Real Justice series: True stories of wrongfully convicted young people!

“Giving voices to the stories of the innocent” — School Library Journal

Real Justice stories are short narrative biographies of young people who fell afoul of the justice system and were wrongfully convicted of murder. Throughout their ordeals, they maintained their innocence and fought back, eventually proving they were not guilty.

New in the series

About the series

  • True stories about youth wrongfully convicted of murder
  • Curriculum tie-ins to high school and middle school civics, law, global history, and social studies
  • Black-and-white photos, glossary, index
  • Appealing to reluctant readers with compelling storylines and a readable page layout


Praise for Real Justice

“The series is factual and unbiased, showing how wrongful convictions have occurred and giving voice to the stories of the innocent.”

— School Library Journal

Praise for Real Justice: Branded a Baby Killer

“Written in a breezy style .. the volume should appeal to reluctant readers, youth who have had their own exposure to the criminal justice system, and more capable readers who are interested in social justice, law, and legal and crime stories.”

— CM: Review of Materials

Praise for Real Justice: Jailed for Life for Being Black

Jailed for Life for Being Black is an inspiring, balanced portrait of a complex but inspiring man and the injustice that cost him two decades of freedom. Ironically, he may never have found his calling if he had not been denied a fair trial and wrongfully convicted.”

— CM: Review of Materials

This is an inspiring story, especially for students facing obstacles similar to Carter’s – the speech impediment, the childhood abuse, the racism and all the travesties of justice that follow in its wake.

— Resource Links

Praise for Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi’kmaq

Much of this disturbing but well-researched book is impressively drawn directly from court documents and is part of the valuable Real Justice series, which features wrongfully accused Canadian youth and their fight for freedom.

— Booklist

Books and sets in the series

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