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
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
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.
[Fry reading level - 4.8]