Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death: The story of Steven Truscott

Paperback | March 14, 2012

byBill Swan

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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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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 ...

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 the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award. He is also the author of Corner Kick. He lives in Courtice, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 14, 2012Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1459400747

ISBN - 13:9781459400740

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Sensitive Yet Truthful Telling Young people are intelligent; they know when a story is incomplete or doesn’t make sense. So, attempts to shelter them too stringently from life’s harsher realities and misfortunes within nonfiction writing would be a disservice. YA novelist Bill Swan, a former editor and teacher, has presented the Steven Truscott case in a sensitive yet truthful way, and readers (including adult readers) will gain a better view of what happened and why, though some questions can never be answered. Through an intelligent distillation of the facts based on original transcripts and documents available to the public, Swan provides details key to a case that affected and continues to affect, more than fifty years later, an entire community. There is no other way to approach the unsettling story of a young Canadian who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Readers of FOURTEEN AND SENTENCED TO DEATH will better understand that things go wrong, that no one is infallible, even those in authority, and that it isn’t always easy to undo mistakes.
Date published: 2012-07-05

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