In the summer of 1973, Kate Hope is 14 years old, and the youngest lawyer anyone has ever heard of. Plus, she’s a girl–and not many lawyers were female at that time. Kate became a lawyer because her grandfather needed help at his law practice, and he researched old laws from before Colorado became a state to find a loophole. She knows quite a bit, because she’s been helping her grandfather for years, but Kate has never had to do any of the courtroom parts until her grandfather gets sick. Kate has to prove that an old lady’s dog is a hero instead of a baby-eater and that a Mexican immigrant doesn’t deserve to be deported. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to believe that a 14 year old girl was a lawyer, but I was sucked right into the story and it all made sense. I was worried along with Kate that she wouldn’t be able to balance all the events in her life, and that she wouldn’t find a way to save the dog. It’s a great, exciting book that I would recommend to anyone, and I’m sure I’ll want to read it again.
Reviewed by Rachel