JusticeA teacher recently asked me to see if we had enough books in the library for her class to do a project based on justice. It could be fiction or non-fiction, it could be set in the present, past or future and be any form of justice, whether criminal, racial or social. I turned to the trusty YALSA-BK listserv for some help and we came up with quite a few titles as well as some lists on other websites.

Do you have any other great books that you would add to this list?


  • The High Price I Had to Pay 2 Sentenced to 30 Years as a Nonviolent. First Time Offender. by Michelle Myers
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross
  • Losing Matt Shepard: life and politics in the aftermath of an anti-gay murder by Beth Loffreda
  • The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb
  • No Choirboy: Murder, Violence and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy
  • The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
  • An Unspeakable Crime: the prosecution and persecution of Leo Frank by Elaine Marie Alphin
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers



  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
  • The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves Robin Talley
  • The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle
  • Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
  • Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant
  • The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
  • Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis
  • Mortal Danger by Ann Aguire
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • Returning to Normal by Patrick Jones
  • Rikers High by Paul Volponi


Graphic Novels

  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
  • Superhero graphic novels


Book Lists on Other Websites