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Real Justice: Guilty of Being Weird
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Real Justice: Guilty of Being Weird

The story of Guy Paul Morin

By Cynthia J. Faryon

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Series: Lorimer Real Justice

Rating: 5 / 5 stars - 1 vote(s).


At twenty-four, Guy Paul Morin was considered a bit strange. He still lived at home, drove his parents' car, kept bees in the backyard, and grew flowers to encourage the hives. He played the saxophone and clarinet in three bands and loved the swing music of the 1940s.

In the small Ontario town where he lived, this meant Guy Paul stood out. So when the nine-year-old girl next door went missing, the police were convinced that Morin was responsible for the little girls murder. Over the course of eight years, police manipulated witnesses and tampered with evidence to target and convict an innocent man. It took ten years and the just-developed science of DNA testing to finally clear his name.

This book tells his story, showing how the justice system not only failed to help an innocent young man, but conspired to convict him. It also shows how a determined group of people dug up the evidence and forced the judicial system to give him the justice he deserved.

[Fry Reading Level - 5.0

Awards

Winner - VOYA Nonfiction Honor List - 2013

Short-listed - White Pine Non-Fiction Award - 2014

"Teens interested in CSI can turn a critical eye to badly executed procedures and biased criminal investigation"

- School Library Journal

"Guilty of Being Weird is essential reading for anyone interested in criminal justice and forensics"

- VOYA

"Excellent book. Astounding. Baffling. Extremely quick and interesting read. Pick it up, you'll be done in no time."

- Sherry Griffin, Hudson City School District

"Told in a straightforward manner with a simple text, this will be easily accessible to most teen readers and of special interest to true-crime enthusiasts... An unusual topic skillfully handled."

- Randall Enos Booklist (U.S.)

"a very readable introduction to Jessop's disappearance and Morin's trails"

- Jaclyn McLean Resource Links

"The tabloid-style, easy-to-read format of the Real Justice series targets reluctant readers and presents the basic facts of the Guy Paul Morin case. Faryon manages to describe the obvious mistakes made by investigators matter-of-factly and lets the outcome speak volumes" Recommended.

- Darleen Golke 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: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen - The story of David Milgaard. She lives in Richer, Manitoba.

Customer Reviews:

Reviewed by: A must read for the lesson con on 23rd August 2012 8:12AM

. . . The story of Guy Paul Morin reads like a ‘how not to’ textbook on bungling, sloppiness, incompetence, prejudice, police and prosecutorial misconduct, and misrepresentation of forensic evidence by so-called “experts.” And yet, Ms Faryon has managed to remain objective throughout, and to put a human face on both the accusers and accused. . . 

Highly recommended. Five bees.



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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459400924
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Hardback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459400931
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 144 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459400948
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  4.0.2.0.9.0.0, JNF007110, JNF030000, JNF053140
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 17
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 5.0
Lexile Reading Level: 900L

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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.