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Elizabeth And The Court of Uncommon Pleas is seriously a fun middle-grade book! Full of ghosts and some hilarious bureaucracy of the underworld, your little ghouls and goblins will have a spectacular time reading this book. And it’s perfect for the season!
“My name is Elizabeth Webster and my story, like every mystifying and horror-filled story in the whole of human history, begins in a middle school cafeteria.”
Elizabeth Webster is a normal girl, trying to get through middle school as quickly and quietly as possible. She loves math, loves her friends, hates the cafeteria, and does not want to join debate club.
But her world gets turned upside down when swim star Henry Harrison sits with them at lunch, asking for Elizabeth’s help.
Turns out, Henry is being haunted and the ghost asked for Elizabeth. Shocked, scared, and seriously curious, Elizabeth tracks down her dad and learns she comes from a long line of attorneys for the damned.
There’s nothing I love more than adding the cute to the underworld. Put a demon in a courtroom, and I don’t know, I’m enthralled. It’s just so delightful. And while this book is middle grade, so the dark terrors are not so dark and not so terrifying, it is perfect for the tiny ghosts in your life.
Court of Uncommon Pleas is fun. It’s spooky but not scary. I had the best time reading this, and love, love, LOVE Elizabeth so much! She’s just the right amount of 7th grade sass mixed with snappy girl power. I can’t wait to give this to my niece.
Lashner does an amazing job with the characters and the story, but I really enjoyed how the legal snt to win a copy of this book?ystem was made interesting. At least, I think it could spark some questions and curiosity of future lawyers turning these pages. While there may (or may not be) a courtroom in the underworld, exploring careers in fun ways that are also actual careers is such a creative way to plant that seed.
Overall, I think this is a fast read for more mature readers and a ton of fun for middle grade level readers. It’s smart, fast-paced, and has a fantastic cast of characters. Highly recommend!
Thank you Rockstar Book Tours and Disney-Hyperion for sending me a copy and including me on this tour!
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Welcome to Elizabeth Webster’s world, where the common laws of middle school torment her days . . . and the uncommon laws of an even weirder realm govern her nights.
Elizabeth Webster is happy to stay under the radar (and under her bangs) until middle school is dead and gone. But when star swimmer Henry Harrison asks Elizabeth to tutor him in math, it’s not linear equations Henry really needs help with-it’s a flower-scented, poodle-skirt-wearing, head-tossing ghost who’s calling out Elizabeth’s name.
But why Elizabeth? Could it have something to do with her missing lawyer father? Maybe. Probably. If only she could find him. In her search, Elizabeth discovers more than she is looking for: a grandfather she never knew, a startling legacy, and the secret family law firm, Webster & Son, Attorneys for the Damned.
Elizabeth and her friends soon land in court, where demons and ghosts take the witness stand and a red-eyed judge with a ratty white wig hands out sentences like sandwiches. Will Elizabeth’s father arrive in time to save Henry Harrison-and is Henry the one who really needs saving?
Set in the historic streets of Philadelphia, this riveting middle-grade mystery from New York Times best-selling author William Lashner will have readers banging their gavels and calling for more from the incomparable Elizabeth Webster.
Title: ELIZABETH WEBSTER AND THE COURT OF UNCOMMON PLEAS
Author: William Lashner
Pub. Date: October 15, 2019
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
William Lashner is the New York Times Bestselling creator of Victor Carl, who has been called by Booklist one of the mystery novel’s “most compelling, most morally ambiguous characters.” The Victor Carl novels, which have been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages and have been sold all across the globe, include BAGMEN, KILLER’S KISS, FALLS THE SHADOW, FATAL FLAW, and HOSTILE WITNESS. He is also the author of GUARANTEED HEROES, THE BARKEEP, which was an Edgar Award nominee and a Digital Book World Number One Bestseller, THE ACCOUNTING, and BLOOD AND BONE.
Writing under the pseudonym of Tyler Knox, Lashner is also the author of KOCKROACH, described as “roaringly entertaining,” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “an energetic tour de force,” by USA Today. As Tyler Knox he has written a number of book reviews for the Washington Post Book World.
Lashner was a criminal prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. before quitting the law to write fulltime. A graduate of the New York University School of Law, as well as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he lives with his wife and three children outside Philadelphia.
William Lashner Photo © Sigrid Estrada
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