Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death

The Story of Steven Truscott

From the Series Lorimer Real Justice

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

At fourteen, Steve Truscott was a typical teenager in rural Ontario in the fifties, mainly concerned about going fishing, playing football, and racing bikes with his friends. One summer evening, his twelve-year-old classmate, Lynne Harper, asked for a lift to the nearby highway on his bicycle and Steve agreed. Unfortunately, that made Steve the last person known to see Lynne alive.

His world collapsed around him when he was arrested and then convicted of killing Lynne Harper. The penalty at the time was death by hanging. Although the sentence was changed to life in prison, Steve suffered for years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit. When his case gained national attention, the Supreme Court of Canada reviewed the evidence—and confirmed his conviction.

It took over forty years and a determination to prove his innocence for him to finally clear his name. He has since received an apology and compensation for his ordeal.

In this book, young readers will discover how an innocent boy was presumed guilty by the justice system, and how in the end, that same justice system, prodded by Truscott and his lawyers, was able to acknowledge the terrible wrong done to him.

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978-1-4594-0075-7
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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre High/Low, Social Studies, Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 152
Publication Date 2016-09-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN006120, YAN051000, YAN031000
Dewey 340
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
Lexile 780
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Author: Bill Swan

Bill Swan is the author of nine Sports Stories novels and another Real Justice title on Steven Truscott, which won the 2013 Red Maple Non Fiction Award. Bill lives in Courtice, Ontario.

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Lorimer Real Justice

True stories of wrongfully convicted youths who eventually clear their names. These high/low biographies feature compelling storylines, a readable page layout, photos, a glossary and a timeline to appeal to reluctant readers. They are perfect for sparking meaningful discussions on… View available downloads →