"The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.”
– Bryan Stevenson
In This Kit You’ll Find:
- 8 copies of Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adultsby Bryan Stevenson
- 2 copies of Love by Matt De La Pena
- 2 copies of For The Right to Learn by Rebecca Langston-George
- 1 copy of the discussion questions (you may keep)
- Book sign-up sheet to keep track of books (you may keep)
- For the Right to Learn Coloring Pages (you may keep)
Themes for Discussion:
- Just Mercy: Resistance & advocacy, economic & racial bias, oppression & dehumanization, empathy, mercy & humanization
- Love: Accepting & giving love, families, friendship, interpersonal relationships
- For The Right to Learn: human rights, political activism, women's rights, children's rights, social reform
About the Book:
Just Mercy: The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice. (Novelist)
Love: Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the bonds of love that connect us all. (Novelist)
For the Right to Learn: Tells the harrowing story of Malala Yousafzai standing up for girls' education against the Taliban, being shot in the head, and surviving to continue the fight. (Novelist)
You’ll Like It If You Like:
Inspiring and engaging biographies and memoirs, life stories, law and order, stories about society and culture
Just Mercy: Read Together, Grades 5 - 6; Read Alone, Grades 7 & Up
Love: Ages 0 - 8 years
For the Right to Learn: Read Together, Grades 2-3; Read Alone, Grades 3 - 4
Fun things To Do & Explore at Your Book Club:
- Watch: Author Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk about injustice in America's prison system:
- Stories: Learn more about the stories told in Just Mercy.
- Discuss: Stevenson mentioned ways to be a stonecatcher. Discuss with your group what it is and why it is important to be a stonecatcher. How could you be a stonecatcher?
- Research: Learn more about the following initiatives and projects, the Equal Justice Initiative, The Innocence Project, and The Sentencing Project. Share your findings & ideas with each other.
- Love Readers: For all ages, There are many ways to express love beyond words. Talk about other ways of communicating (music, dance, drama, art, photography, etc) and think about how those ways can be used to express love. For some inspiration, check out: famous paintings expressing love & a list of the 50 best love songs of all time:
- For the Right to Learn Readers: Coloring worksheets included in the folder. Can you change the world?
What to read next:
Kid Reviews: Let us know what you thought about Just Mercy, Love, or For the Right to Learn.