Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas (Paperback)

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Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Webster fights ghosts and demons in the weirdest court of law ever in this zany middle-grade adventure. From the first line you'll feel pulled into a noir film, with sarcastic and awkward Elizabet as your hard-boiled but loveable narrator. Part mystery, part courtroom drama, part ghost story, this is the perfect book or anyone who's ever felt like the odd one out and/or enjoys a ghostly court case.

— Marielle


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's 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 bestselling author William Lashner will have readers banging their gavels and calling for more from the incomparable Elizabeth Webster.

About the Author

William Lashner is a former criminal prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His novels have been published worldwide and nominated for two Shamus Awards, a Gumshoe Award, an Edgar Award, and been selected as an Editor's Choice in the New York Times Book Review. When he was a kid his favorite books were The Count of Monte Cristo and any comic with the Batman on the cover. Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleasis his first novel for young readers.

Praise For…

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

A superb mystery....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. Kirkus Reviews

This blend of ghost story and mystery will satisfy readers who ask for the "scary stories."School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781368065207
ISBN-10: 1368065201
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Elizabeth Webster