New Book Lets Teens Delve Into the Adult World of Law and Litigation

Davenport, IA, August 06, 2014 --( Can a 16 year old genius attorney learn to survive in the adult world of law and litigation? That’s the question answered in Jodie Toohey’s new novel, "Melody Madson – May It Please the Court?" Toohey will be celebrating publication of the book with a launch party open to the public on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Midwest Writing Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd Street, in downtown Davenport, Iowa. Toohey will be reading an excerpt, answering questions, giving away door prizes, and sharing free refreshments.

This is Toohey’s fourth published book. She also has two poetry collections, Crush and Other Love Poems for Girls (2008) and Other Side of Crazy (918studio, 2013). Her other novel, Missing Emily: Croatian Life Letters was released in 2012. She was also a contributor to the MWC Creative Writing Primer (2012, MWC Press). Melody Madson – May It Please the Court? is available for sale on and other online retailers. It will also be available after the launch at both Quad Cities The Book Rack locations, Exotic Imports at Southpark Mall in Moline, Illinois, and can be requested at other local book sellers. She’s also giving away two free copies through

“I was inspired to write this novel while working as a Paralegal,” Toohey states, adding “In many ways, even though I was in my 20s, I felt like I was 16 when I started that work.” In the novel, Melody finally gets her big break when senior partner at Lazlo, Marshdon and Brown assigns her first real case. Melody’s relationship with her best friend, Jewel, becomes strained as her friendship with another associate, Maggie, advances and she develops romantic feelings for her boss’ son, Eric. Her feelings for Eric deepen, her relationship with Jewel sours, the key medical record in her case is lost, and Melody feels her life is crumbling. After working the entire weekend before trial, Melody finds the record, but before she can celebrate, she's discovered. Jewel attempts to free Melody but she is caught and the friends are tied to an office chair, driven out to the middle of nowhere, and left alone, not knowing if they be able to save the case – or themselves.

When she is not writing poetry or novels, Jodie Toohey operates Wordsy Woman Word Sales and Service, a professional writing and editing business that helps people say what they want to say. She lives with her husband, daughter, son, cat, and dog in Davenport, Iowa. To learn more about Toohey and her books, visit
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