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Making it Right - Building Peace, Settling Conflict

Making it Right

Building Peace, Settling Conflict

Interest Age: 14+
Grade: 9+
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: WHST.11-12.1,2,4,5,6

Reading Level: Lexile 1040L
Hardcover : 9781554518104, 136 pages, September 2016 , 8" x 6"
Paperback : 9781554518098, 136 pages, September 2016 , 6" x 8"
Rights sold: Korean, Spanish


Imagine a world without prisons, lawyers, or courtrooms – where justice is done.

What if there were no prisons? Alternative approaches to dealing with crime are underway around the world to explore how victims, offenders, and communities can heal rifts and repair damage. It's often called restorative justice. It's a way to think about the deeper reasons behind crimes, and suggests that by building more caring communities, it's possible to change our societies – and ourselves.

Making It Right relates true stories of young people who are working in innovative ways to further peaceful resolution of conflict and to heal past wounds. The book begins with individual injustices, such as bullying, and works up to collective ones, like wars. Each chapter begins with a dramatic fictional account, making the topic engaging and relevant for kids.

Restorative justice isn't going to change the world overnight, nor will it end all crime or prevent all wars. But it's a powerful way to get teens thinking about how they can participate in building a more peaceful society.


  • Joint winner, Nautilus Book Award 2017
  • Commended, Eric Hoffer Award, Honorable Mention 2017
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Book 2017
  • Short-listed, Montaigne Medal finalist 2017
  • Short-listed, da Vinci Eye Award finalist 2017
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017


“Short but intense exploration.” —Canadian Children’s Book News, 01/01/17

- Jenn Hubbs

“A valuable resource for teaching units and debate preparation.” —CM Magazine, 02/17/17

- Kay Weisman

“Middle and high school students will eagerly consume the entire book.”—School Library, 09/12/17

- Chris Gustafson

“A book that should leave the reader arguing explicitly for open conversation and inclusive dialogue around crime.” —Resource Links, 02/01/17

- Zachary Chauvin

“Thought-provoking.” —Booklist Reader, 04/22/19

- Booklist Reader