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Children's Nonfiction Law & Crime

Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq

The story of Donald Marshall Jr.

by (author) Bill Swan

Publisher
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2013
Category
Law & Crime, Social Activists
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459404397
    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
    List Price
    $12.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781459404380
    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
    List Price
    $18.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459404403
    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
    List Price
    $9.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 13 to 17

Description

When a black teen was murdered in a Sydney, Cape Breton park late one night, his young companion, Donald Marshall Jr., became a prime suspect. Sydney police coached two teens to testify against Donald which helped convict him of a murder he did not commit. He spent 11 years in prison until he finally got a lucky break. Not only was he eventually acquitted of the crime, but a royal commission inquiry into his wrongful conviction found that a non-aboriginal youth would not have been convicted in the first place. Donald became a First Nations activist and later won a landmark court case in favour of native fishing rights. He was often referred to as the "reluctant hero" of the Mi'kmaq community.

About the author

BILL SWAN has worked as a journalism teacher, editor and newspaper columnist. His first three novels, Fast Finish, Mud Run, and Off Track are highly recommended by CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials. Mud Run was nominated for a Manitoba Young Readers` Choice Award. He is also the author of Corner Kick. He lives in Courtice, Ontario with his wife and daughter.

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Awards

  • Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

"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."

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"Bill Swan presents a straightforward, compelling narrative, easily followed, that will astound today's teenagers." Rated G, good, even great at times

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"the important subject matter, meticulous research, and ultimately balanced portrait of the flawed man Marshall was makes this an engrossing and enlightening read for curious teens." Recommeded

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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