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Bryant, Jennifer.
New York : Knopf, 2004.
IL 3-6
ISBN 0375927522

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

The trial of the century is about to begin and Katie Leigh is right in the middle of it.  So often she has complained about how boring her town is.  But now all that is about to change.  The trial of the man accused of kidnapping and murdering the son of Charles Lindbergh will be taking place in Katie Leigh's small town.  And Katie Leigh will be in the court room watching.  Others may be caught up in the rise of Adolph Hitler in Germany or the homelessness caused by the depression in America, but for the residents of Flemington, New Jersey, ther trial is all that's important.

Booktalk #2

A famous trial during the Great Depression brings a shocking piece of history to readers through the eyes of 12-year-old Katie Leigh Flynn who assists her uncle by taking notes for him in the courtroom. Is Bruno Hauptmann really guilty of kidnapping the baby of pilot Charles Lindbergh? How differently from today did the media treat the suspect and their coverage of this event? Facts of the kidnapping and the trial as well as a re-creation of the Depression Era are presented in a series of free-verse poems, causing readers to question their own ideas of truth and justice.   Black-eyed Susan Award nominee 2005-2006

SUBJECTS:     Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974 -- Trials, litigation, etc. -- Fiction.
                        Trials (Kidnapping) -- Fiction.
                        Flemington (N.J.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.


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