Noah’s Law, by Randa Abdel-Fattah


This book has been a “breath of fresh air” on my recent reading list.

I needed something like this – the kind of book I was very reluctant to put down, and could have read in one sitting had real life not interrupted from time to time, but as a compromise, I had to spread the reading over two days.

Sixteen year old Noah is an imaginative prankster whose originality is matched by the punishments his Lawyer dad devises.

After being caught altering the grades of classmates’ assignments when left alone in a teacher’s office, a dining room court hearing is convened and Noah’s dad sentences Noah to spend the six week  summer holidays working at his Aunt’s law firm.

The tedium of days spent copying legal documents change when Noah starts to suspect something fishy about a client’s pursuit of financial compensation from storage good franchise.

Noah’s talent for mischief turns out to be a helpful attribute, as he gains his first real-life experience of the legal system and finds how difficult it can be for justice to prevail.

I’ve just realised this is now the third Randa Abdel-Fattah book I’ve read. Only a week or two ago I finished Where The Streets Had a Name, and it was only a few minutes ago as I was typing up this “review” that I realised she is also the author of When Michael Met Mina, a book that I enjoyed last year. ( When Michael Met Mina. At the end of that post I included a link to the author’s personal website, but when I tried to access it a few minutes ago, the site didn’t seem to have any content, apart from the page title.)


Publisher’s page for the author.



5 thoughts on “Noah’s Law, by Randa Abdel-Fattah

  1. It does sound like a fun storyline. The title itself is funny, too.

    [Until recently, I get all my books from Amazon. And, honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I tend to spend more time on news. But I do like books from time to time. Sometimes, books add right into my interest in news; don’t want to miss out on that — for instance, I recommended at one of your other blogs not long ago a significant biography on Alan Greenspan (THE MAN WHO KNEW), which I very much appreciated having access to. I “read” it via audio book. But I also enjoy fiction once in a while.

    I know I’m rambling about personal problems right now, but Amazon’s website isn’t working well in my experience right now for customers — or at least me. (No, I’m not asking for an alternative. I’m just venting.) I had a few non-book items arrive broken and otherwise defective. And the listing of orders with spaces to click on to enable the printing of return slips, etc., wasn’t displaying properly. I couldn’t make returns. Meanwhile, I chose a (digital)book and its audio version (with whispersync) and was told my purchases were successful. But I received neither. (This is a title I told you I was interested in and had bought.) Drats!]

    1. know I’m rambling about personal problems right now, but Amazon’s website isn’t working well in my experience right now for customers

      I’ve bought very little through Amazon, just a few books.
      Most of my new book purchases online have been through The Book Depository (now owned by Amazon) who have free shipping. Recently I’ve bought a lot of out-of-print second-hand books through Abe Books (tracked down through

      Other than books, and a few DVDs and CDs, I rarely buy anything online.

      1. I have done a LOT of buying through Amazon. Not only books…
        that over a number of years (happily)… but…
        it seems like maybe they can’t get enough qualified people for their growth.

      2. Until recently Amazon didn’t have a local presence in Australia, so all online orders had to be done through either the US or UK. They have now moved directly into the Australian market, opening up an office and warehouse here.

  2. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR ME TO SAY “(That was a different title, which I commented to you {almost three months ago} I had bought.) Drats! (Still intend to.)]

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