No Choirboy
Book Review, Death Row, YA Nonfiction

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday. I first posted this review in October 2009. It is another short review, but it is a very memorable book.


No Choirboy takes readers inside America’s prisons and allows inmates sentenced to death as teenagers to speak for themselves. In their own voices–raw and uncensored–they talk about their lives in prison and share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up there. Susan Kuklin also gets inside the system, exploring capital punishment itself and the intricacies and inequities of criminal justice in the United States.

This is a searing, unforgettable read, and one that could change the way we think about crime and punishment.

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row is a 2009 Bank Street–Best Children’s Book of the Year.


As long as you are alive and breathing, you got a chance. Once they kill you and bury you, it’s over.

A very gritty reality of teens on death row. The author talks with the teens, a victim’s family who are against capital punishment, and a lawyer that wants to prevent injustice in this world. The stories are sad and very eye-opening. A must-read for high school students.

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Susan KuklinSusan Kuklin is the author of nonfiction books for young adults and children, including No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row. She is also a professional photographer whose photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. She and her husband live in New York City.

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