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Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen
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Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen

The story of David Milgaard

By Cynthia J. Faryon

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Series: Lorimer Real Justice

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David Milgaard was a troubled kid, and he got into lots of trouble. Unfortunately, that made it easy for the Saskatoon police to brand him as a murderer. At seventeen, David Milgaard was arrested, jailed, and convicted for the rape and murder of a young nursing assistant, Gail Miller. He was sent to adult prison for life.

Throughout his twenty-three years in prison, David maintained that he was innocent and refused to admit to the crime, even though it meant he was never granted parole. Finally, through the incredible determination of his mother and new lawyers who believed in him, David was released and proven not guilty. Astonishingly, in hindsight the real murderer was obvious from the start.

This is the true story of how bad decisions, tunnel vision, poor representation, and outright lying and coercion by those within the justice system caused a tragic miscarriage of justice. It also shows that wrongs can be righted and amends made.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.3

Short-listed - Golden Oak Award - 2015

Short-listed - Red Maple Non-Fiction Award - 2015

Winner - VOYA Nonfiction Honor List - 2013

"a critique of the Canadian justice system... [Faryon should spark a reader's interest in the case." Rated G - good, even great at times, generally useful!

- Zachary G. Chauvin Resource Links

"Sentenced to Life at Seventeen should be recommended for the fascinating story it tells alone.


"Faryon draws readers into the book with her crisp and engaging dramatization of the crime... additional features in the book enhance its value as a teaching and learning tool by extending readers understanding of the Milgaard case beyond the book and encouraging them to explore other issues further." Recommended.

- Huai-Lang Yim CM: Canadian Review of Materials

CYNTHIA J. FARYON has worked as a legal assistant and teen counsellor. She began her writing career in 1999 and is now the author of eleven books, including Real Justice: Guilty of Being Weird - The story of Guy Paul Morin. She lives in Richer, Manitoba.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 120 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781552774335
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Hardback, 120 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459401693
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 120 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459401709
Format: EPUB

Binding: Electronic book text, 120 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459401716
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JNF007000, JNF030000
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 17
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.3
Lexile Reading Level: 840L


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Series features

  • Non-fiction narratives
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  • Curriculum tie-ins to high school and middle school civics, law, global history, and social studies
"The series is factual and unbiased, showing how wrongful convictions have occurred and giving voice to the stories of the innocent." —School Library Journal
"I would highly recommend any teacher (especially intermediate grades) use these books to engage their learners, spark discussion, and create a love and interest for reading!" —Janelle White, grade 7/8 teacher
"[Real Justice books] are quick and simple reads but will keep reluctant young adult readers flipping the pages to see how the stories turn out."
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Aimed at ages 13-17, these short narrative biographies tell stories of teens and young Canadians who fell afoul of the justice system and were wrongfully convicted of murder. Throughout their ordeals, they maintained their innocence and fought back, eventually proving that they were not guilty.