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In this first novel for young readers ever to be published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and national bestselling author James Grippando tells the story of Ryan Coolidge, a boy who hates middle school and who is in the worst kind of trouble -- trouble with the law. Hezekiah may have magical powers, or he may have the most elaborate computerized law library ever conceived. The one person who can help Ryan is a mysterious and magical old lawyer named Hezekiah. Either way, Ryan and Hezekiah do their legal research together 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.
Leapholes is time travel with a legal twist, where law books and important legal precedents come to life. Best of all, Grippando's new novel is a fun way to learn that lawyers help people, and that legal precedents are about real people who had real lives and real problems, just like we do today. Packed with the pacing and suspense of a legal thriller, Leapholes is so historically accurate and conveys such a keen understanding of basic legal concepts that it gained the enthusiastic backing of the American Bar Association.
Leapholes includes a very special Afterword in which two dozen top lawyers and lawyer/authors -- from David Baldacci to Dick Thornburgh -- tell children in their own words what inspired them to become a lawyer. Famous trial lawyer David Boies, for example, tells how he overcame dyslexia to become a skilled debater and renowned courtroom orator. The book also includes discussion questions for the classroom.