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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.
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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 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.
“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.
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Miami, FL | November 21 – 23, 2019
Miami Book Fair!
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Washington D.C. | December 3, 2019
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Phoenixville, PA | December 14, 2019
Appearance and Signing
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