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A Civil Action

Author: Jonathan Harr
Reviewer's Age: Grade 10

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr is an excellent read. It was a number one, national bestseller, and it also won the National Book Critic's Circle Award for nonfiction. It was a compelling story showing the many flaws in our legal system in recent years. A young lawyer gives up his entire world in hopes of helping families from Woburn, Massachusetts. These families are merely requesting that justice be served for the people responsible for the water contamination which has caused their children to fall severely ill. Two well-known national corporations are allegedly responsible for the water-well contamination. Based on a true story, this novel is hard to put down. It shocks each and every one who reads it. I highly recommend reading A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr.