The Trial by Jen Bryant

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Imagine you are Bruno Richard Hauptmann, accused of murdering the son of the most famous man in America.

In a compelling, immediate voice, 12-year-old Katie Leigh Flynn takes us inside the courtroom of the most widely publicized criminal case of the 20th century: the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s baby son. And in doing so, she reveals the real-life figures of the trial—the accused, the lawyers, the grieving parents—and the many faces of justice.

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About Jen Bryant

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Jen Bryant teaches Children's Literature at West Chester University. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She is currently at work on her next novel, which will be published by Knopf in 2008. "From the Trade Paperback edition. Melissa Sweet is the illustrator of many fine children's books. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as "exuberant," "outstanding," and "a creative delight." Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit
Published April 2, 2009 by Yearling. 178 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Her reporter uncle having conveniently broken his arm just before the trial, Katie has been (very willingly) drafted to take notes for him, and her observations of the trial and life in Flemington are conveyed in that “spare, lyrical verse” that has become so fashionable in children’s books.

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Common Sense Media

This book tells the story of his trial through a series of poems from the points of view of various fictional townspeople -- teens and adults -- and a reporter.

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In the summer of 1925, the residents of Dayton, Tennessee had a first-hand look at a controversial trial that centered on the debate between evolution and creationism.

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The flavor of the time, the feeling of the sticky Tennessee heat, the odd way in which charges were brought against Scopes, a substitute teacher who simply decided to teach the next chapter in the board-approved science book which happened to be on evolution – all of this is conveyed vividly to t...

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