The Trial
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Kidnapping poster
Ladder against Lindbergh house
The Trial
(verse novel)
written by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Leigh Wells
Knopf, 2004
ISBN 978-0375827525 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0440419860 (paperback)

Imagine you are Bruno Richard Hauptmann, accused of murdering the son of the most famous man in America.

In a compelling, immediate voice, 12-year-old Katie Leigh Flynn takes us inside the courtroom of the most widely publicized criminal case of the 20th century: the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s baby son. And in doing so, she reveals the real-life figures of the trial—the accused, the lawyers, the grieving parents—and the many faces of justice.

Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2004
Booklist, starred review
Borders Original Voices, Spring 2004
Junior Library Guild Selection 2004
Virginia Young Readers Choice Award Master List, 2006-2007

  Click here to watch a newsreel of the Lindbergh trial, revealing the heavy bias against the defendant. (Note: This type of film was shown across the nation in 1935,in movie theaters, before the regular feature.)
  Click here for more details about the people involved in, and events surrounding, the Lindbergh kidnapping & trial. Includes evidence photos, Lindbergh pictures, and trial transcripts.
  Special exhibition “Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age” is open at the Morven Museum in Princeton, NJ, now thru Oct. 23, 2016. Click here for info. 
  Jen highly recommends this book by 2 experts on the Lindbergh case. Rare, archival photos & trial memorabilia.
  Click here to access the Teacher’s Guide for The Trial on the Random House website.


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