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Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas
Twelve-year-old Elizabeth has just discovered her dad’s true profession: Attorney for the Damned. Worse: She’s next in line for the job.
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 is 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.
Elizabeth Webster and the Portal of Doom
In this spine-tingling sequel to Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas, young Elizabeth has a client and case of her very own, but things quickly become bloodstains-on-the-courtroom-floor messy.
After her grand success in the courtroom against the demon Redwing, Elizabeth thought life would get much easier. But balancing homework with defending the undead is tricky. And lately, it’s been tough convincing her father that she’s ready to do more than sweep the floors of the family firm.
When a wailing banshee mother begs for her help in saving her son, Elizabeth jumps at the case. Free the boy named Keir McGoogan, then reunite him with his mother at the Portal of Doom—piece of cake.
But there’s a catch. While Keir waits for his trial, Elizabeth must shepherd him through the horrifying halls of middle school! And soon she realizes that Keir’s fate is tied to a terrifying pact made on a dark, stormy night a century ago. Behind his smart mouth and his 12-year-old appearance, Keir’s hiding a secret big enough to sink your teeth into. Will Elizabeth and her friends be able to protect Keir? Or, are they the ones who need protecting?
Packed with thrills, chills, laughter, and a gremlin, this second adventure will have Elizabeth’s fans hiding under their covers as they read through the night.
COMING OCTOBER 12, 2021
Elizabeth Webster and the Chamber of Stolen Ghosts
In this final installment of the Elizabeth Webster series, Philadelphia’s youngest barrister faces a ghostly case that will determine the future of her world.
Reeling from recent struggles in the courtroom, Elizabeth Webster is surprised when two sisters ask her to find the spirits of their parents who have been stolen by a ghost thief. But this simple matter becomes the most terrifying case of Elizabeth’s career. Soon, she finds herself battling the ghost thief himself, two cement Martha-Washington-faced dogs, and an army raised by the demon Redwing in the Chamber of Stolen Ghosts.
To find a way forward, Elizabeth will have to rely on an unexpected ally in her quest—her mother. With her mother’s history guiding her, Elizabeth will return to the Court of Uncommon Pleas to face her own self-doubts, battle the formidable Redwing, and protect the balance of natural and supernatural realms.
Elizabeth Webster and the Chamber of Stolen Ghosts — “At this point, Elizabeth’s fans know what they’re getting—a delicate mix of legal sparring and paranormal trappings propping up a well-charted mystery. This final entry holds its own against its predecessors: Elizabeth remains an engaging protagonist, and her spooky environs are well fleshed out. There’s an emotional undercurrent here that enriches this title, and fans will be pleased with how Elizabeth turns out in this series that remains charmingly original in the field of middle-grade paranormal mysteries.”
Elizabeth Webster and the Portal of Doom — “Provides a spirited romp through a world of ghosts and goblins with the effortlessly charming Elizabeth at the front of it all. It brings back the exciting mix of legal and paranormal activities that made the first entry such a charmer. . . A sturdy case.”
“I love this book! — William Lashner delivers humor and ghost story shivers in a mixture of wit and intensity. He creates memorable characters, at once daring and vulnerable.”
—Ridley Pearson, bestselling author of Lock and Key
“This book is an absolute delight. — A refreshing new novel about finding your place in the world…and fighting ghosts and demons…. A heartfelt story of self-discovery doesn’t exactly sound like the type of theme to slip into a tale of ghosts and demons, but the combination resonates beautifully…. [E]ngrosses the reader completely by mixing in just the right amount of action, quippy dialogue, and uplifting moments…well-suited for people ages twelve and up who enjoy teenage fiction novels and fantasy/science fiction.”
—Denver Post (YourHub.com/NextGen)
“A superb mystery. — A spooky legal thriller for middle-grade readers that is just technical enough to feel grounded in reality and just unearthly enough to keep readers on their toes. This blend of ghostly apparitions and legal exposition should absolutely not work—but yet it does, engaging readers in a compelling mystery and a world that functions seamlessly….narrator Elizabeth’s spunky attitude and earnestness provide an emotional spine that couples with the novel’s mystery, dovetailing together at the right moment, making for a very engaging read.”
“Sure to delight fans of the comically strange and gothic…. The adventure is rife with enjoyable weird twists and turns, including several strangely hilarious courtroom appearances featuring a host of haunting characters that provide a mixture of witty dialogue and creepy effects.”
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Recommended. — VERDICT: This blend of ghost story and mystery will satisfy readers who ask for “the scary stories.”
—School Library Journal
“One of the Fall 2019 book releases you can’t afford to miss.”
Selected for the Children’s Book Council October, 2019 “Hot Off the Press” reading list.
October 12, 2021
NEW BOOK BIRTHDAY !!!
Elizabeth Webster and the Chamber of Stolen Ghosts
October 14, 2021 at 5:30 PM
An evening with Elizabeth Webster and her Chamber of Ghosts
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