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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite
What would you do if you were accused of stealing something that you insist you didn’t take? That’s the problem Rachel faces in the book Goodbye Goody Bag (Kids' Court Book 3) by Caron Pescatore when Kelly accuses her of stealing her goody bag and declares that she’s taking her to kids' court. Rachel reluctantly agrees to go to court with main character Luanna as her attorney, even though she worries that the judge will find in favor of the plaintiff, Kelly, rather than her. To make matters worse, one witness gives damaging testimony that makes it look as though Rachel is the one responsible for the goody bag’s disappearance, and Luanna finds herself wondering if her client is really as innocent as she claims.
I really enjoyed reading Goodbye Goody Bag by Caron Pescatore, and I think that it is the perfect story for people who enjoy mysteries or law. I thought that the characters' interactions were very believable, particularly between Luanna and her best friend Phoebe. Luanna is a very realistic and inspiring character that readers will love, and I liked that she struggled with whether or not she believed her client’s innocence, because it added depth to her character. This would be a great book to teach children about legal proceedings while also entertaining them with an interesting story. I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery and speculating about what happened to the goody bag as I was reading. I loved how seemingly small bits from the witnesses’ testimonies lead Luanna to find the truth, which is both surprising and satisfying. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I would definitely recommend it.