FICTION

Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas

Disney-Hyperion. (Elizabeth Webster). Oct. 2019. 320p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781368041287.
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Gr 5-8–Henry Harrison, star swimmer at Elizabeth Webster’s school, has asked her to tutor him. In reality, what he really needs is help with a ghost who has been haunting his house. Why Elizabeth? Because the ghost asked for her. Elizabeth’s tutoring gig ends up being much more than she anticipated when she learns that her missing father and grandfather own the secret family law firm Webster & Son, Attorneys for the Damned. She has to learn to defend someone in court, run for her life from people and demons, and find the truth about the death of Henry’s ghost. The quick-moving dialogue and witty banter keep the story moving at a quick clip. The twists and turns will keep readers guessing about who is responsible for the ghost’s death and how she died. The courtroom for the underworld is an unusual setting, but it’s still scary fun.
VERDICT This blend of ghost story and mystery will satisfy readers who ask for “the scary stories.” Recommended.

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