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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever been blamed for something you insist was not your fault? That’s what happens to Declan in the book The Go-KartAstrophe (Kids’ Court Book 2) by Caron Pescatore when his friend Greg blames him for crashing his go-kart. Declan insists that something was wrong with the steering, but Greg declares that Declan’s driving is to blame. Their fighting is overheard by Luanna and Phoebe, who convince them to take their case to their kids’ court, which is held in Luanna’s basement. With a judge, a court reporter, a bailiff, and a lawyer for each side, the kids’ court functions similarly to a real one. Luanna is tasked with representing the defendant, Declan, but how can she prove his innocence when he admits he was driving at the time of the accident?
With interesting, unique characters and a shocking twist, The Go-KartAstrophe (Kids’ Court Book 2) by Caron Pescatore is a must-read, especially for children with an interest in mysteries or the law. Even though the book is the second in a series, it still makes sense if you haven’t read the first one (although this book is so good that it will probably make you want to read the other books too). The characters are very likable, and all have distinctive personalities, from smart Luanna to silly Mary Beth, which makes the story more interesting. The book does a good job of explaining the legal system to its readers in a fun way and has a glossary at the back with legal terms that readers may not be familiar with. I love the way that seemingly minor clues all build to an unexpected but very satisfying twist when Luanna discovers the real culprit. This book is a very interesting read, and I would definitely recommend it - and I’m telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.