The Go-KartAstrophe

Kids' Court Book 2

Children - Mystery
149 Pages
Reviewed on 04/14/2021
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Author Biography

Caron Pescatore is British by birth, Jamaican by heritage, and American by naturalization. She spent most of her childhood in Jamaica before migrating to the United States in her late teens.

After practicing as a registered nurse for many years, Caron switched professions and pursued a career in law. After obtaining her J.D. in 2001, she worked as a public defender for the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office and then as a deputy district attorney for that same county.

With the birth of her first child, she left the profession to become a stay-at-home mom, her most challenging career to date! Caron is passionate about truth, justice, and fair dealing for all, a sentiment that led, in part, to her decision to write the Kids' Court series. Kids' Court is an innovative courtroom mystery series that not only entertains children but also educates them about the different jobs in law and gives them an inside look at how courts work.

Caron's favorite pastimes are reading, adult coloring, solving puzzles, and watching true crime and detective shows, both of which help to satisfy her love of solving mysteries. Currently, Caron lives in South Florida with her husband and two children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite

Have you ever been blamed for something you insist was not your fault? That’s what happens to Declan in the book The Go-KartAstrophe (Kids’ Court Book 2) by Caron Pescatore when his friend Greg blames him for crashing his go-kart. Declan insists that something was wrong with the steering, but Greg declares that Declan’s driving is to blame. Their fighting is overheard by Luanna and Phoebe, who convince them to take their case to their kids’ court, which is held in Luanna’s basement. With a judge, a court reporter, a bailiff, and a lawyer for each side, the kids’ court functions similarly to a real one. Luanna is tasked with representing the defendant, Declan, but how can she prove his innocence when he admits he was driving at the time of the accident?

With interesting, unique characters and a shocking twist, The Go-KartAstrophe (Kids’ Court Book 2) by Caron Pescatore is a must-read, especially for children with an interest in mysteries or the law. Even though the book is the second in a series, it still makes sense if you haven’t read the first one (although this book is so good that it will probably make you want to read the other books too). The characters are very likable, and all have distinctive personalities, from smart Luanna to silly Mary Beth, which makes the story more interesting. The book does a good job of explaining the legal system to its readers in a fun way and has a glossary at the back with legal terms that readers may not be familiar with. I love the way that seemingly minor clues all build to an unexpected but very satisfying twist when Luanna discovers the real culprit. This book is a very interesting read, and I would definitely recommend it - and I’m telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Amazon Review

The author has done a fantastic job making the law fun and easy to understand. The book is well written and my niece enjoyed it tremendously. She wants me to read her the other books in the series now.

T. Hudson

Caron Pescatore has done it again! I buy her books to give away as gifts not only to my kids but other children I know but I won't make the mistake I did with the first book and get left out of discussions so I read this one first this time.
Once again she has captured the court room scene through the eyes of a child. The scenes are encased in squabbles and humor which we would expect from kids while offering lessons of law to young minds. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to the next one!

If your child likes to read or even if they don't this is the book for them!!!!

Kindle Customer

Said in first review The Go-KartAstrophe is book 2, due out soon. There was...not a 'dumbed down' version but a children's legal level of understanding basically, so cute but not cutesy. Wonder if there is an old Perry Mason on the t.v..... Just dawned on me; not Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew, but Encyclopedia Brown in a way. My grandkids can read it on my thrive tablet.

And now it's out, so what are you waiting for...? .... GO already!

Sataya M.

Read and reviewed by my ten-year-old son.
Do you know what happens in a courtroom? I didn't know. But I learned a lot about the courtroom and legal proceedings in this fun middle-grade fiction.
In 'The Go-KartAstrophe,' Greg Foster has been arguing with his friend Declan Mathias for days over who made Greg’s go-kart crash. Greg points out that Declan was at the wheel during the accident. However, Declan insists that the steering mechanism was defective. But then, their friend Phoebe suggests that they send the case to the Kids’ Court—a court made and run by kids. Greg and Declan accept the offer—and so this engaging book begins. And you, too, can join the Kids’ Court as they reveal clues and unravel the mystery.

I especially like this book because it taught me many legal terminologies like a bailiff, court reporter, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney. These are cleverly woven into the story instead of stuck in like a teacher making a lesson about the law. Besides, it even showed me how a judge conducts a case. Pretty good for a children’s book!

I recommend this book as a read-aloud to children 3+ years and as a reader for 5+ years.
I give this book 5/5 stars as it’s a great book with many twists and turns, and it’ll keep you engaged till the end. I read this entire book in one sitting. Well, that says something.