The Fix-It-Shop by Fredrich Wilhelm is a rather short book (and the audiobook can be found on YouTube), and it is reportedly based on a true story.
I happened across the audiobook while on YouTube. I had been looking for an audiobook to listen to while at work, and I came across the audiobook of The Fix-It-Shop by chance. The description looked interesting, so I decided I would give the book a chance.
It is the supposed true story of the arrest (and subsequent criminal charges against) a group of innocent teens, who were accused of theft. These teens lived in a poor neighborhood and were targeted after one of them came across proof of a sting operation against people who were selling stolen goods to a thrift shop. The judge that originally presided over the case knew the teens personally (having lived in the same neighborhood as a couple of them), and she was biased against them.
It took a great deal for the judge to be removed from the case, and the teens were accused of many things that they did not do (being pointedly targeted) while their trial was going on.
In the end, they eventually were cleared of all charges, once it was proven that they had been targeted by the owner of the fix-it shop after one of the kids accidentally discovered the filming equipment for the sting operation. The owner of the shop eventually admitted that he went after them for finding the filming equipment, even though they did not know what was going on; he also admitted to making it look like they were drug addicts, and the marijuana that one of the kids had bought was gotten for him.
The book is a short and easy read; you can probably get through it within an afternoon. While the story is entertaining enough, and it is reported as to being based on a true story, the story itself comes across as something that could have been completely fictional. It is completely possible that the story might have some true elements to it, but anyone can say that the story they are telling you is a true one (but that does not mean there is any truth to it). I do not really believe that there was too much truth to it, but that does not mean that it might not have had at least a few true elements to it.
Whether or not the story is factual, it was still entertaining enough to keep me listening to the audiobook until the end and was entertained through the entirety of it. The book is worth checking out, even if the story is completely fictitious (while reporting to be somewhat true).