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Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas

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Welcome to Elizabeth Webster's world, where the common laws of middle school torment her days . . . and the uncommon laws of an even weirder realm govern her nights.

Elizabeth Webster is happy to stay under the radar (and under her bangs) until middle school is dead and gone. But when star swimmer Henry Harrison asks Elizabeth to tutor him in math, it's not linear equations
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Hardcover, Advance Reader Copy, 320 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Satomi
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I happened to click “Buy now with 1-click” while I was searching for a fun horror book. I thought this cover looked a bit like horror. It ended up like a mixture of fantasy/ghost story/mystery for young kids. I felt the same vibe as Harry Potter and Nevermore.

I’m not the target age for this book, but for young ones this might be a fun book read.
Completely Melanie
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a fun read! Highly recommend for fans of the movie Beetlejuice or for fans of City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab.
Madison Mary
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
"He's in love with a ghost. How's that going to work out well?"

This book reminded me how much fun middle-grades can be even though I am in my twenties!

SUMMARY
Elizabeth Webster has always felt like she never truly belonged, like there was more to her purpose.
When the most popular boy at schools asks her for tutoring, she is annoyed but agrees. However, she soon learns that Henry lured her for other reasons ... there is a ghost haunting his bedroom and she is moaning Elizabeth's name?!
As
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Karen Parisot
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Middle schooler and math whiz Elizabeth Webster has always flown under the radar, often hiding behind her hair. When out of the blue the most popular kid in school and the star athlete sits down at her lunch table one day, it comes as a total shock when he asks for her help. Henry tells her he’s struggling in math and asks her to tutor him. Reluctantly Elizabeth agrees, but as she approaches his creepy house for their first tutoring session she begins to have second thoughts. It turns out it was ...more
Allison Parker
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Law & Order meets Nancy Drew meets Ghostbusters! Or something like that. Elizabeth Webster, Lizzie, is a snarky, antisocial, math-loving loser at her school, until the day the drop-dead gorgeous swim star sits at her lunch table, inviting her to tutor him in math at his house. Little does Lizzie know that the real reason for the invitation is that he's got a ghost problem. A mysterious girl-ghost is creeping out his family, mesmerizing the jock... and calling out Elizabeth Webster's name. Turns ...more
Stephanie Roxane
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book from Disney Book Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

4.5/5

This book was great! I read most of it in one sitting, which honestly speaks volumes about how good it was since I find ebooks in general really hard to get through.

The story about Elizabeth and discovering her family history, and needing to help save a ghost was so much fun. It was honestly such a refreshingly cute and enjoyable read that I think kids will absolutely love, and adults could really
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Kathy
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great middle school read! The concept was very interesting with a description of the legal system that is told in an intriguing and compelling fashion. I will definitely be recommending it!
Sabrina
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a book my younger self would have loved and as an adult I enjoyed. I definitely want more in this world.
M.L. Little
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#kidlitexchange #partner: Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas by William Lashner and @disneybooks. Releases October 15, 2019.
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Elizabeth Webster comes from a long line of lawyers, but finds herself in a new world when she discovers her long-lost father was, in fact, a lawyer for the other side—a place of ghosts, demons, and the undead. When her friend Henry is haunted by a ghost, Elizabeth (and her fantastically enjoyable friend Natalie) head out on a journey to find her fa
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Sharon Tyler
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas by William Lashner is a middle grade novel currently scheduled for release on October 15 2019. Elizabeth Webster is happy to stay under the radar (and under her bangs) until middle school is dead and gone. But when star swimmer Henry Harrison asks Elizabeth to tutor him in math, it's not linear equations Henry really needs help with-it's a flower-scented, poodle-skirt-wearing, head-tossing ghost who's calling out Elizabeth's name. But why Elizabe ...more
Genevieve
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange #partner thank you to author #williamlashner and publisher @disneybookgroup for sharing a review copy of Elizabeth Webster and the Court or Uncommon Pleas with #kidlitexchange. All opinions are my own. This book will be released on October 15!

I’m going to be honest and say that it was hard for me to get into this book at first! I don’t usually read supernatural stories, and truth be told, I got a little scared when, within the first couple of chapters, a ghost appears to the main
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Katherine Paschal
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
**Reviews can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth is content to keep her head down, have her one friend Natalie, be good at math and be boring. But when the most popular boy at school, Henry, singles her out to tutor him in math, Elizabeth can't get out of it. But what Elizabeth doesn't know, is that Henry does not want her for tutoring but because the ghost haunting him said her name. Elizabeth is now involved in the paranormal somehow, a mystery that may have something t
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Paige Green
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Author: William Lashner

Book Series: Standalone at the moment

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: October 15, 2019

Recommended Age: 10+ (some violence, some scary moments)

Genre: MG Fantasy

Publisher: Disney Press

Synopsis: Welcome to Elizabeth Webster's world, where the common laws of middle school torment her days . . . and the uncommon laws of an even weirder realm govern her nights.

Elizabeth Webster is happy to stay und
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Carrie
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

Elizabeth Webster is a fairly average American teenager. She lives with her mother, stepfather, and younger stepbrother, loathes going to middle school, and wonders when she'll get to see her father again.

She resists all attempts to get her involved in anything that might draw attention to her, but when popular athlete Henry Harrison walks right up to her in the cafeteria and asks her to tutor him in
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Alba Arango
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mystery and a bit of paranormal fun.

Middle-school math whiz Elizabeth Webster is shocked when the school’s star athlete Henry Harrison asks her to tutor him in math. But, when she shows up at his house, she discovers the real reason he wants her there…a ghost is haunting his house and it is calling her name! Soon, Elizabeth and her friends become embroiled in a web of strange family secrets, otherworldly characters, and a courtroom where demons and ghosts are called as witnesses. And, amidst all
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Meghan
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Disney Book Group - Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I loved this book from beginning to end. Such a cool concept that was well executed. This will be perfect for the Gothic wallflower teen that has a special gift and when the star swimmer needs your help, you get a message that your father's lawfirm is in danger and the star swimmer is at risk and needs your help! I also l
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Andrea Johnston
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas is a fabulous story with fantastic characters, a thrilling storyline, marvelous mystery, and a wonderful ending. There is lots of great banter between the characters and a healthy level of sass which just makes this tale that much more fun.
The story beautifully explores the theme of family using a blended family model as well as multiple generations to demonstrate the strength of love. The moments I cherished most in fact, were those with Elizab
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Jessica
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great MG fantasy! I loooooved our MC, Lizzie, and watching her navigate the horror that is Junior High. When swimming superstar Henry Harrison asks Lizzie with some help involving a ghost that goes by the name of Beatrice Long, Lizzie finds herself on a journey of discovery. Between discovering that ghosts are real, her dad is actually a lawyer to the damned, and Henry Harrison is not all who he appears to me be, Lizzie is in for a ride of a lifetime.

I really enjoyed all the char
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Sofia
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5

Mannn, this book was so fun!!

Elizabeth Webster is a normal middle schooler, or so she thinks. One day, Henry Harrison, the star swimmer, asks her to tutor him in math. Though suspicious, she agrees. What follows is a dark and wild ride full of humor, ghosts, monsters and the scariest of thing of them all: the law! I suggest going into this book semi blind, so you can feel excited about all of the twist and turns.

The characters were pretty standard, but likable. Elizabeth is kind of a brat, bu
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Jessica
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lizzie isn’t your typical seventh grader. Her dad is a supernatural lawyer for the damned, but she hasn’t seen him in a long time. When Henry Harrison, the new guy, moves into the notorious creepy house, the two become friends. Then the ghost haunting his house and keeping him up at night asks for Lizzie by name. Soon they find themselves pulled into the supernatural realm. Their adventures lead Lizzie to find that she is destined to inherit her father’s firm. Could Henry’s ghost have something ...more
Lenoire
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Webster prefers to stay under the radar and away from the spotlight in middle school. However, when the popular all-star swimmer Henry Harrison asks Elizabeth to tutor him in math, her invisible days are long gone. When Elizabeth arrives to tutor Henry, she realizes he has an ulterior motive. Henry's house is being haunted by a ghost calling Elizabeth's name. As Elizabeth investigates Henry's ghost, she makes a few startling discoveries and realizes is Henry really the one who needs sa ...more
Lynda
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book at last year's (2019) Independent Bookstore Day, and I would give it 4 stars for being fun, inventive, adventurous and clearly being set up to supply at LEAST one sequel, and possibly a series.

Elizabeth is a fun kid with fun friends and others -- she lives with her mom, stepfather and little brother, but is drawn into adventures when she discovers that her missing father is a lawyer (who works with his dad) at a law firm that has a clientel
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Rebecca Minnock
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2019 has been a fantastic year for middle grade books, and Lashner's latest - Elizabeth Warren and the Court of Uncommon Pleas - does not disappoint!

A local swimming superstar is being haunted by the ghost of a girl called Beatrice Long. Beatrice leads him to Elizabeth Webster for help.

While trying to track down her real father, Elizabeth discovers the family business 'Webster & Son - Attorneys for the Damned' and she is soon drawn into a hunt for the one thing that can save the ghost of Beatric
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Mary MacKintosh
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ghosts and demons? Count me in! Add into this a moody, geeky 8th grade girl and her friends and it could get bad, but it doesn’t. Lashner manages young characters realistically, and I enjoyed the interplay between the kids and the adults in their lives. The story revolves around a famous family of lawyers, a demon, a ghost, a body missing its head, and adds in a little, teensy bit of romance—but mostly not. The plot moves briskly, and kept me entertained at all times.
Julie
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Webster comes from a family of lawyers, only the family law firm's specialty are some pretty unusual clients. Let's just say they aren't the type of people you and I know, or for that matter, they aren't even people. But Elizabeth is unaware of her heritage until she gets an unusual request from a classmate to help him deal with a ghost who has been haunting his house.

Fun and well-written, this new series is a going to be a great one to recommend for middle schoolers.
Kim Tyo-Dickerson
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly spooky and truly hilarious middle school tale about a misfit girl, think surly Winona Ryder or Raven, good at math and unpopular, finds herself face to face with the most popular boy at school who has a ghost haunting his bedroom. Perfect fun for Buffy and Beetlejuice fans, and a definite promise of more as Elizabeth uncovers her family's deals with demons and devils as lawyers for the dead and the Court of Uncommon Pleas.
Steph
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Middle School book. I thought for my Fall Reads I would mix it up and add some middle school. I received this book for free at Yallwest last year. I really enjoyed this book. This was perfect read for Fall. We have a spooky house, a ghost living in spooky house, our main character finds out her family has a secret law firm. This law firm deals with ghost and demons. Everything I want for a fall read. This did not disappoint!!! A fast read for my 2rd Fall Read!!!
Kaitlin
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in three days, three!! Honestly, I haven’t had the joy of a fiction book that’s captivated me completely since the Harry Potter series, until now. I absolutely love this middle school girl. I can relate to Elizabeth in the real world and she’s the new improved Nancy Drew, but creepier and well suited to be a lawyer for the dead!
Mindi
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
It was kind of a fun idea but it just fell a little flat. I guess I’m just a grumpy old grandma now, but Elizabeth had a pretty bad attitude that didn’t exactly get better, and it took a lot out of the book for me. Overall it wasn’t a waste of time, but it’s not making it into my top books of the year.
Jenny Ashby
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a fun, light paranormal mystery. One thing that really sells me on a book is a strong cast of supporting characters and this one had those in abundance ranging from the supernatural - a fiery judge, a woman covered in hair, and a fallen angel who rules one of the circles of the underworld - to human - Elizabeth's stepfather and her many friends. Speaking of her friends, having the backing of a group as you deal with some weird, new development is another plot point I enjoy. It was great to ...more
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William Lashner is a former criminal prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His novels have been published world-wide and have been nominated for two Shamus Awards, a Gumshoe Award, an Edgar Award, and been selected as an Editor’s Choice in the New York Times Book Review. When he was a kid his favorite books were The Count of Mont ...more

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