In this sequel to the equally excellent "Barry's Sister," Ellen finally feels like she has her life in order...that is, until she meets the handsome lawyer who is handling the malpractice suit Ellen's parents have filed on behalf of her younger brother Barry, who has cerebral palsy. Ellen has a serious crush on the lawyer, but this doesn't sidetrack the book from offering an extremely interesting look at the inside workings of a trial, as well as delving into Ellen's own feelings about her brother's condition (how can she listen to the lawyers argue about Barry's quality of life when she loves her brother just the way he is?) and her mom's friend's son Sam, who also has cp.
Anyone who's read "Barry's Sister" will definitely be interested to hear what happens next, and pre-teen fans of "Law & Order" (the courtroom scenes, not the crime scenes) should enjoy this as well. Ellen may not always be the most lovable of narrators, but she's very human, and thus worth reading about.