Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Book Recommendation: "Trial by Journal"

Today I am lucky enough to have two job interviews and an audition to get ready for, so I am pretty short on time, but I wanted to at least get something to you guys today, so here is a book that I highly recommend: "Trial by Journal," by Kate Klise.

This book is an absolute delight to read. Thought it is a children's book, I highly recommend it for readers of all ages. Check it out:

Lily Watson is twelve. She's in sixth grade. She's about to serve on a jury for a murder trial-all because of a new law saying a child must serve on the jury when a trial concerns a child victim. She'll be out of school for a month, and that means she'll have to go to summer school. And That Is So Unfair.

Fortunately, the jury experience isn't all bad. The jury stays in the Menagerie Hotel, where every room is decorated like a different animal. They get a behind-the-scenes tour at a local zoo, home to Priscilla, the world-famous gorilla artist. Lily even makes friends with a glamorous movie star who happens to be on the jury. But nothing--even the fact that the hotel is part of the Tyle-0-Tropolis, an incredible entertainment complex-changes the fact that the jury is witnessing the trial of a man who has been accused of killing Perry Keet, an eleven-year-old boy who disappeared one day at the zoo. Lily has her own thoughts on what happened to Perry, and if the real story isn't revealed in court, she's going to find out for herself what happened.

Told through journals, memos, illustrations, newspaper articles, and court documents, Trial By Journal is both a funny mystery and an insider's look at the workings of a jury trial, by the author and illustrator of Regarding the Fountain and Letters From Camp.

A huge 5 stars from me! I hope you will try it out. I'm sure you will love it!

- Heidi Nicole Bird

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