From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9-- Rappaport re-creates the setting, the crime, and the subsequent trial of Lizzie Borden for the ax murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. Through an open format in which readers are the jury, she leads them through the steps of a trial in clear language and using solid definitions. The strategies of the defense and the prosecution are periodically assessed as they address the various witnesses. At each stage of the trial, provocative questions are posed to allow readers to sift through the facts and draw their own conclusions. Although the writing style tends to be dry, it is interesting. Information regarding the law and trial by jury as well as coverage of a fascinating chapter in history in a compelling format make the book a worthwhile purchase. The text is supplemented by diagrams and black-and-white reproductions and illustrations. --Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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