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THE LAST EXECUTION

Clock with axe for minute hand
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wung-Sung
Author's First Name: 
Jesper
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2016

 In the hours leading up to his execution, Niels, a fifteen year old Danish boy, reflects on his life while the villagers who condemned him reflect on the questions of guilt, justice, and the nature of Niels’ punishment. Based on the true story of the last public execution in Denmark, which took place in 1853, the social, ethical, and even economic questions raised still have relevance in today’s society.

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