Just Mercy Now Available for Streaming

By Luis Diaz | April 9 2020 | High SchoolMiddle SchoolSocial Studies

The film adaptation of Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is now streaming, available to rent or purchase through digital outlets such as Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and Google Play. In February, the acclaimed film won six NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Michael B. Jordan, who portrays Stevenson. Both on the page on the screen, this gripping true story continues to inspire and inform, acting as a window into the corruption of the American criminal justice system. Penguin Random House publishes both the original version of the memoir as well as a Young Adult adaptation that is more suitable for middle-grade readers.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Bryan Stevenson traveled to Alabama with the intent to defend those who could not afford proper legal representation. After meeting the death row inmate Walter “Johnny D” McMillian, who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of a white woman, Bryan’s understanding of mercy and justice were forever changed. This unforgettable true story offers profound insights into the criminal justice system, its influence on the poor and wrongly condemned, and the crucial role of compassion in the pursuit of justice.

Also addressing important topics like racial discrimination and legal injustice, Penguin Random House’s Young Adult edition of Just Mercy allows middle-grade readers to explore these themes at an age-appropriate level. Teacher’s Guides are available for both the Adult and YA editions and contain chapter summaries, classroom discussion questions, and activities that engage various skills and prompt students to actively interpret the text. These guides support teachers as they lead relevant and engaging discussions and support learning outcomes, helping students to become critical and evaluative readers.

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults)
A True Story of the Fight for Justice
978-0-525-58006-5
Bryan Stevenson's incredible fight to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality comes to life in this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson.
$10.99 US
Sep 10, 2019
Paperback
288 Pages
Ember
Grade 7 & Up

Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition, Adapted for Young Adults)
A True Story of the Fight for Justice
978-0-593-17704-4
The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller Just Mercy--now a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and the subject of an HBO documentary feature!
$10.99 US
Dec 03, 2019
Paperback
288 Pages
Ember
Grade 7 & Up