No Choirboy by Susan Kuklin
Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row

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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.

About Susan Kuklin

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Susan Kuklin is the author of more than thirty books for young readers and a professional photographer whose photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times.  She and her husband live in New York City.
Published October 1, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 236 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Crime, Young Adult, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Death Row inmates sentenced to die for crimes they committed as juveniles are profiled here, as well as victims’ families, the family of one man already put to death and the lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, an organization focused on the rights of indigent prisoners.

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While not overtly violent or offensive, it tackles difficult subjects and parents should be ready to discuss not only the crimes that landed these teens in jail, but also the dangers of living within the prison population, the impact of crimes on the families of the accused and families of the vi...

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The Yalsa Hub

I would rather have read about Kuklin’s research process before starting the book, but such an introduction might seem boring to a reader looking for the action from the opening pages of the story.

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