Leapholes is the story of Ryan Coolidge, a boy who hates middle school and who is in the worst kind of trouble--trouble with the law. The one person who can help Ryan is a mysterious old lawyer named Hezekiah. Hezekiah may have magical powers, or he may have the most elaborate computerized law library ever conceived. Either way, together, Ryan and Hezekiah do their legal research by zooming through "leapholes," physically entering the law books, and coming face-to-face with actual people from some of our nation's most famous cases--like Rosa Parks and Dred Scott--who will help Ryan defend himself in court. Leapholes is time travel with a legal twist, where law books and important legal precedents come to life. Though a work of fiction, all of the cases woven into the Leapholes storyline are actual and important cases from American legal history. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that slaves are property, not people, appears at Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857). Packed with the pacing and suspense of a legal thriller, Leapholes is so historically accurate and conveys such a keen understanding of basic legal concepts that it is the first young adult novel ever to gain the enthusiastic backing of the American Bar Association.
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"James Grippando is a very inventive and ingenious storyteller." - Nelson DeMille
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Used availability for James Grippando's Leapholes
September 2006 : USA Hardback
June 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition