Kuklin, Susan. No choirboy: Murder, violence, and teenagers on death row. New York: Henry Holt Company, 2000.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
No Choirboy by Susan Kuklin
Until 2005, it was legal in the US for children under the age of eighteen to be sentenced to death for their crimes, keeping us in company with seven countries notorious for human rights abuses. Susan Kuklin traveled to maximum-security prisons, bringing us the stories of men sentenced to death as teenagers in their own words. Also included are the stories of the surviving family members of a young man executed prior to 2005, the surviving family members of a victim murdered by teens, and the lawyer who asks, “Are you the sum total of your worst acts?” Many students are drawn into the first-person narratives, allowing them to make connections with the world around them. This resource is ripe for a unit of study on capital punishment and/or juvenile justice.