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ISBN: 9781250044457240 Pages, Ages 14-18
No Choirboy takes readers inside America's prisons and allows inmates sentenced to death as teenagers to speak for themselves. In their own voices—raw and uncensored—they talk about their lives in prison and share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up there. Susan Kuklin also gets inside the system, exploring capital punishment itself and the intricacies and inequities of criminal justice in the United States.
This is a searing, unforgettable read, and one that could change the way we think about crime and punishment.
No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row is a 2009 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.
CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, James Cook Book Award Honoree, School Library Best Books of the Year, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Rhode Island Children's Book Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Rhode Island Children's Book Award Master List, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Kansas State Reading Circle, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults
August 12, 1993
Kevin Gardner was not home, even though it was way past his eleven-o'clock curfew. Kevin was a good kid, and it was unusual for him to stay out late without calling to let his parents know where he...
Praise for No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row
“* This powerful book should be explored and discussed in high schools all across our country.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“A searing and provocative account that will touch teens' most fundamental beliefs and questions about violence, punishment, our legal and prison systems, and human rights.” —Booklist