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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

by John Grisham

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I expected much better from John Grisham. Overall this book was dull, and the ending was far from satisfying. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
Narrated by Richard Thomas (John-Boy Walton!). This put me in mind of the Encyclopedia Brown series, where a detective whiz-kid solves mysteries involving his friends. Through Theodore, author Grisham introduces legal concepts and procedures, which budding young lawyers will soak up.

*SPOILER* Theodore doesn't exactly take on legal cases so much as advise his troubled friends on what might happen and who they should talk to. Theodore is steeped in the law. His parents are real estate and divorce lawyers, and he hangs out at the courthouse where he's friendly with lawyers, judges, and legal staff. The town's first murder case in a long time captures Theodore's attention as well as the whole town's, and he follows the testimony avidly, in the courtroom and online. It looks like the suspect just may walk, but Theodore learns that a friend's cousin was a key witness to events, and the lawyers don't know he exists. Complicating the matter, the cousin is an illegal immigrant and he doesn't want to talk for fear of deportation. Theodore must decide how to protect the cousin and not let the murderer walk. No dramatic courtroom showdown with the surprise witness...that wouldn't ring true in real life. Instead the judge surprises the lawyers by declaring a mistrial. We don't find out what eventually happens to the murderer, but the real meat of the story describes legal procedure and how it works. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I give this one about a 3.5. It was fun and interesting. It is a great boy read. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
I give this one about a 3.5. It was fun and interesting. It is a great boy read. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book was fun. Great for a younger audience, but still a fun little story. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Grisham tells his story scrupulously, explaining fine points of criminal law and, as far as I can tell (not being a lawyer myself), sticking to legal reality. As a civics lesson it goes down smoothly, as storytelling only partly so. There’s a reason that movies and TV shows about attorneys are full of courtroom baloney — it’s entertaining!
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A perfect murder
A faceless witness
A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old
Meet Theodore Boone

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.

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With two attorneys for parents, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows more about the law than most lawyers do. But when a high profile murder trial comes to his small town and Theo gets pulled into it, it's up to this amateur attorney to save the day.… (more)

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