The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller Just Mercy--soon to be both a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and the subject of an upcoming HBO documentary feature.
In this very personal work--adapted from the original #1 bestseller, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so"--acclaimed lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson offers a glimpse into the lives of the wrongfully imprisoned and his efforts to fight for their freedom.
Stevenson's story is one of working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society--the poor, the wrongly convicted, and those whose lives have been marked by discrimination and marginalization. Through this adaptation, young people of today will find themselves called to action and compassion in the pursuit of justice.
Proceeds of this book will go to charity to help in Stevenson's important work to benefit the voiceless and the vulnerable as they attempt to navigate the broken U.S. justice system.
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PRAISE FOR JUST MERCY: A TRUE STORY OF THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE:
"It's really exciting that young people are getting a version tailored for them." --Salon
"A deeply moving collage of true stories. . . . This is required reading." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Compassionate and compelling, Stevenson's narrative is also unforgettable." --Booklist, starred review
PRAISE FOR JUST MERCY: A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION:
"Gripping. . . . What hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation." --DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
"Important and compelling." --Pulitzer Prize-winning author TRACY KIDDER
"Inspiring and powerful." --#1 New York Times bestselling author JOHN GRISHAM
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s deeply humane account of counseling death-row prisoners in the Deep South has been adapted for a younger audience, but the material remains just as powerful. Just Mercy centers on Stevenson’s representation of Walter McMillian, a black man sentenced to death in Alabama for a murder he didn’t commit. Stevenson recounts McMillian’s case more like a disbelieving eyewitness than a defense attorney pursuing a career-making exoneration. In other words, he doesn’t preach loftily about the cruelties of a broken justice system—he hands you X-ray glasses to see it for yourself.