Leapholes

Leapholes

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by James Grippando
     
 

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Ryan Coolidge hates middle school and is in the worst kind of trouble-trouble with the law. The one person who can help Ryan is a mysterious old lawyer named Hezekiah. Hezekiah may have magical powers, or he may have the most elaborate computerized law library ever conceived. Either way, together, Ryan and Hezekiah do their legal research by zooming through

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Ryan Coolidge hates middle school and is in the worst kind of trouble-trouble with the law. The one person who can help Ryan is a mysterious old lawyer named Hezekiah. Hezekiah may have magical powers, or he may have the most elaborate computerized law library ever conceived. Either way, together, Ryan and Hezekiah do their legal research by zooming through leapholes, physically entering the law books, and coming face-to-face with actual people from some of our nation's most famous cases-like Rosa Parks and Dred Scott-who will help Ryan defend himself in court. It is time travel with a legal twist, where law books and important legal precedents come to life.

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VOYA - Steven Kral
Ryan is a middle school student whose father is in prison. Despite his father's protestations of innocence, Ryan does not believe him. An unbelievable chain of events finds him hospitalized and charged with manslaughter. His lawyer, Hezekiah, introduces Ryan to "leapholes," which Hezekiah explains as virtual computer simulations of events behind case law but which might be much more. When Hezekiah is trapped in a leaphole, Ryan agrees to try to save him. Along the way, Ryan gains a greater understanding of how law is created, the people behind the laws, and comes to terms with his father's incarceration. Grippando tries to educate middle school readers about various legal concepts. For the most part, he succeeds. He is able to sneak in such topics as precedent, evidence, and legal ethics in an entertaining story. The characters are engaging, if a tad unrealistic, and the story moves along fairly well. The lessons are told in a very non-didactic manner. The novel ends on a slight cliffhanger, leaving an opening for an eventual sequel. The book is hampered, however, by an appendix that presents first-person essays by prominent lawyers of what made them decide to become lawyers. Although they are interesting to the adult reader, teens will likely roll their eyes at the "that's why I became a lawyer and why you should too" tone that runs through them.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Racing away from home on his bike to avoid being dragged to another embarrassing visit with his imprisoned father, a South Florida middle schooler is hit by a car and swept into this time-travel thriller. Ryan faces a number of narrow escapes and gradually comes to accept that he has been recruited by Hezekiah, an elderly African-American "Legal Eagle," to succeed him. Hezekiah uses "leapholes" in conjunction with law books to travel back in time to meet the people behind the cases that have established precedent, good or bad, and that determine our current legal environment. What's not to like about a book that says, "Nowhere is the imagination less constrained than in a library" and that incorporates lawyer jokes? Unfortunately, weak characterization and circumstantial plot make this novel less appealing for sophisticated teen readers. A portion of the story involves Dred Scott v. Sandford, and the author has to explain abolition and the Underground Railroad to a clueless Ryan, even though he has studied the Civil War. Extensive end matter includes responses from 19 famous lawyers about why they entered the profession. Fans of Horowitz might bite on this, but not of Grisham.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590316665
Publisher:
American Bar Association
Publication date:
09/25/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
183,789
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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Leapholes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meant for a 12 year old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leapholes is a great book. You never know what is going to happen next. Even though the book is fictional, you still stop and if this could happen in real life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The end was amazing because some people got what they deserved (sometimes different than real life).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was amazing, especially the ending where some people got what they deserved. (sometimes different than real life)