Bryant, Jen. The Trial, A Novel.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

BRYANT, Jen. The trial, a novel. Random House, Yearling. 169p. c2004. 0-440-41986-7 $5.99. JS

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2004: This is Bryant's first novel for YAs; she chooses the verse format to tell how one girl and one town are transformed by the event of the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, convicted as the kidnapper and killer of the Lindbergh baby in the early 1930s. The narrator, Ka, tie Flynn, lives with her mother in Flemington, New Jersey. She is described as 12 years old, but seems to be much older. She certainly is highly intelligent and independent. Her mother's brother is a reporter for the local newspaper, and just before the trial, he is in an accident and cannot use his hand to write--so he enlists Katie's help as his assistant. She gets permission to leave school for six weeks, and she attends the trial, taking notes for her uncle and observing the proceedings, offering her own opinions of the lawyers, Hauptman, Lindbergh, the jury, and so on. Alongside the story of the...

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