Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Review - 12 Angry Men

** I just completed a Young Adult literature course and have read and reviewed several materials using a new format. This review follows a template given to me by my professor.**

Name: Christopher M. Jimenez
Media Format: Audiobook
Title: Twelve Angry Men
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Author: Reginald Rose
Selection Source:
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Recommended Audience Age: 12 - Adult
Reading Recommendation: 3
Curriculum Connections: Law, Government


A jury convenes to decide whether the evidence was enough to convince a young man of murder. All jurors believe the defendant to be guilty except for one of them. After dissecting the evidence, he shows reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case and changes everyone else’s vote.


This is an incredibly optimistic piece about the American Judicial system. This piece illuminates a lot of the intricacies of the law, the need for critical thinking and the responsibilities of civic duty. This piece is ripe for discussion and analysis in an appropriate class. Plus, it has been made into a movie, allowing the instructor to use another pedagogical tool.


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