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Publisher's Summary

The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, number one New York Times best seller Just Mercy - now a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and now the subject of an upcoming HBO documentary feature!

In this very personal work - adapted from the original number one best seller, 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 US justice system.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

A Booklist Editors' Choice

Featured on CBS This Morning

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

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)

"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." (Number one New York Times best-selling author John Grisham)

©2018 Bryan A. Stevenson (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

Just Mercy is every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so.... [It] demonstrates, as powerfully as any book on criminal justice that I’ve ever read, the extent to which brutality, unfairness, and racial bias continue to infect criminal law in the United States. But at the same time that [Bryan] Stevenson tells an utterly damning story of deep-seated and widespread injustice, he also recounts instances of human compassion, understanding, mercy, and justice that offer hope.... Just Mercy is a remarkable amalgam, at once a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.” (David Cole, The New York Review of Books)

“Inspiring...a work of style, substance and clarity...Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he’s also a gifted writer and storyteller.” (The Washington Post)
 

“A searing, moving and infuriating memoir...Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela. For decades he has fought judges, prosecutors and police on behalf of those who are impoverished, black or both.... Injustice is easy not to notice when it affects people different from ourselves; that helps explain the obliviousness of our own generation to inequity today. We need to wake up. And that is why we need a Mandela in this country.” (Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times)
  

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Totally worth listening!

This particular book is adapted for young adults and is an abridged version of 'Just Mercy'. Though I felt the narration could have been much better for a book as beautiful as this one, it's still totally worth listening.

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Gripping story of a mans fight for justice

The writing was very engaging and the narrator did a good job of presenting it. Highly recommend this.

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Highly recommended

Its a beautiful book that teaches compassion and mercy, and will change your outlook about how you see others.. great story and great performance, a must read

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  • Kat_Favela
  • 04-04-19

Amazing!!

I had to read it for a class course and I’m glad my professor chose this book because this book is amazing! It’s very interesting and educated me how unfair the criminal justice system was back then. I highly recommend this book. Also, the book being available in audio was really convenient! I would listen to it every time I got into my car.

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  • Colby Johnson
  • 16-06-20

A Must Read

I love everything about this book. Made me cry both sad and happy tears. I’m praying for more people like Bryan that our world needs. I am a fan seeing and hearing people win, no matter what. God has BIG plans for Bryan and he saw that and is being the hands and feet our Father has called him to be.

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  • Momofzwei
  • 03-10-20

Breathtaking

I was in tears multiple times through this book. Bryan Stevenson’s story of “catching stones” and “just mercy” is so inspiring. I am grateful for his work and that he has shared that work with a broader audience. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Bodi4ev
  • 07-06-20

Gripping and Life changing

The author was much better narrative in this version and you can still read the book.

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  • Virginia
  • 19-01-19

Powerful, thought provoking and empowering! it i

Powerful. Thought provoking. Empowering. I loved the book and learned a great lesson about institutionalized racism in America.

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  • anne m
  • 13-06-21

life changing book

This is one of the most impactful, and heart-wrenching and inspirational books I have ever read! also, it is action packed. It drew my attention in the entire time.

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  • angela
  • 28-05-21

A Critical Look at the American Justice System for young adults

This book is a must read for everyone, Stevenson takes an incredible deep dive into the ways in which the institutions of the Slave Trade, Jim Crow, Mass Incarnation have immense consequences on marginalized communities and how it is critical that we discuss the inequalities/consequences that stem from these institutions in order to bring change to the systems that oppress these groups. He uses personal experience, stores of specific injustices of youth, stories of the wrongfully convicted, and ties it all in to how it is a systemic issues that plague our nation. MUST READ!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-21

Truth

Loved it. Bryan Stevenson shares such raw truths about US society and he tries everything he can to make the necessary changes for the betterment of people.

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  • Michelle Henderson
  • 30-04-21

excellent in every way!

Highly suggest this book. Learned a lot and it will be remembered as a top book on my list of reads.

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  • Stephanie
  • 02-04-21

Amazing—a great Mockingbird Replacement

So excited about this book—can’t wait to swap To Kill a Mockingbird out for this in next year’s English curriculum!

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  • SAMAEDRM
  • 20-07-21

GREAT BOOK ABOUT FIGHT FOR JUSTICE

Great writer. Should be read by all race. Wickedness that still continue. May all perpetrators of wickedness and injustice be dummed.

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  • Gerbo D
  • 26-04-21

Incredible

This book was eye-opening, insightful and sad. It's really inspiring and taught me so much.

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  • Kay Grieves
  • 22-01-21

This is the most important book I have ever read.

Beautifully written and narrated by the author, this book has to be read by everyone.

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  • Mrs
  • 05-12-20

Listen to the book

I heard about this book from Glennon Doyle and was excited to find it had been made in to a film. The book is so much better and worth reading or listening to. There is much more to it than the one story told in the film. Enjoy.

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  • vyk
  • 16-07-20

Harrowing yet hopefully

Through Brian's just and merciful eyes, we get a glimpse into the horrors of the criminal justice system, alongside the victories and hope for reform. Amazing and inspirational.

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  • Joy Fowler
  • 10-07-20

Amazing but awful

A really hard listen. I don't know what to do with the anger I feel about the injustices. It's flabbergasting but all too sadly believable. The kind of book I can't stop talking about and recommending. Bryan Stevenson is a true hero

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-20

People should all die in God's schedule

The stories in this book is so moving. I wish Atty Stephenson can live forever to be able to help many more people in death rows to get the justice that they truly deserve. EJI is his legacy and what a beautiful legacy to leave. I wish that people can be colour-blind when it comes to people's race. We are all the same in God's eyes.

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  • Sive
  • 15-05-20

An eye opener

Loved every word. This was such an eye opener for me. Feel inspired to be a better person after listening to this book. Also, the author has a beautiful tone to his voice.

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  • BadBoy
  • 18-02-20

Thabk you for the wonderful inspiration

Speechless and sad. But also hopeful. I hope we all get a chance to heal our broken selves. Thank you

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  • Mailey
  • 09-01-20

Excellent

'The opposite of poverty is justice' - Bryan S

This book should be taught in schools. It is a rich lesson in compassion and understanding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-20

We all need mercy, we all need justice, we all need a measure of unmerited grace

This book has changed my life so many times. I couldn’t make a higher recommendation. Thank you Bryan Stevenson for a life well lived.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-20

We have gone a long way as a human evolution

Learnt alot about the human psyche, how fear can ruin people's lives and we should treat each other as equal. Easier said then done however we all need to try. I have a deeper meaning of perseverance vs resilience. Highly recommended

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  • Shauna Wood
  • 13-09-19

Heartbreaking

If only the world were full of more Bryan Stevenson's. It is heartbreaking hearing the stories of unjust, inhumane and absolutely terrifying treatment of human beings but it is a must read (listen). I sincerely hope and pray we no longer treat people in this manner but I'm sure there are still people being mistreated and wrongfully sentenced. You just can't believe what you're hearing and that it was allowed to go on for so long. It was definitely an education.

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  • Emma
  • 24-08-19

Educational

This was good but it was more educational and less story than I expected. The areas that had story were heartbreaking, gripping and very well told but there was lots of stats and information mixed in which wasn't really what I was wanting. Otherwise a powerful read.