To order: 1-800-565-1975

Book Finder

Use our book finder to discover new and exciting titles for your kids and teens!

Choose one or more search parameters in the book finder and click on the Find books button. A list of titles will appear in the main window.

You can then enter more search parameters to narrow your search for the perfect book!

Search by:

Selected Currency

Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq
look inside

Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq

The story of Donald Marshall Jr.

By Bill Swan

$12.95 Paperback
In Stock Ships in 24hrs or or less
$18.95 Hardback
In Stock Ships in 24hrs or or less
$9.95 Ebook
EPUB In Stock Ships immediately
Series: Lorimer Real Justice

Rating: 0 vote(s).

When a black teen was murdered in a Sydney, Cape Breton park late one night, his young companion, Donald Marshall Jr., became a prime suspect. Sydney police coached two teens to testify against Donald which helped convict him of a murder he did not commit. He spent 11 years in prison until he finally got a lucky break. Not only was he eventually acquitted of the crime, but a royal commission inquiry into his wrongful conviction found that a non-aboriginal youth would not have been convicted in the first place. Donald became a First Nations activist and later won a landmark court case in favour of native fishing rights. He was often referred to as the "reluctant hero" of the Mi'kmaq community.


Commended - Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2013

"Bill Swan presents a straightforward, compelling narrative, easily followed, that will astound today's teenagers." Rated G, good, even great at times

- Joan Marshall Resource Links

"the important subject matter, meticulous research, and ultimately balanced portrait of the flawed man Marshall was makes this an engrossing and enlightening read for curious teens." Recommeded

- Todd Kyle CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Much of this disturbing but well-researched book is impressively drawn directly from court documents and is part of the valuable Real Justice series, which features wrongfully accused Canadian youth and their fight for freedom."

- Booklist Online

BILL SWAN is the author of nine Sports Stories novels and another Real Justice title on Steven Truscott, which won the 2013 Red Maple Non Fiction Award. Bill is retired from Durham College and teaches online courses in journalism and business writing. He lives in Courtice, Ontario.

Customer Reviews:

Your review

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 184 pages
Publication Date: 1st March 2013
ISBN: 9781459404397
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Hardback, 184 pages
Publication Date: 1st March 2013
ISBN: 9781459404380
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 184 pages
Publication Date: 1st March 2013
ISBN: 9781459404403
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JNF007110, JNF030000
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 17
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 5.0
Lexile Reading Level: HL770L


Similar titles:
Real Justice: Jailed for Life for Being Black

Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death

Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen

Real Justice: Guilty of Being Weird

Real Justice Teacher's Resource Guide

Real Justice

Real Justice

True stories of young people wrongfully convicted by the justice system

Series website

Series features

  • Non-fiction narratives
  • Black and white photos
  • 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."
Canadian Children's Book News

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.