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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

by John Grisham

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The book, Theodore Boone kid lawyer, is about a kid named Theodore who wants to be a lawyer or a judge being that his parents are both lawyers. Theodore helps his classmates out with solving problems concerning the law like older brothers getting put into jail, losing a house because of late payments, family issues and other problems. That’s when a murder happens (the first in a long time.) and the most likely suspect is Mr. Duffy the husband of the victim. Theodore visits the homeless shelter for poor immigrants every Tuesday. He also helps the older kids with homework. One of the kids, Julio, asks Theodore if he knew the law. Theodore of course says yes, and then asked," Why?" Julio said, that he might know something important about the murder. The next day at school his friend, April, is having problems with choosing which parent she wants to live with. During lunch one of the popular girls in school walks up to Theodore crying because her dog was taken to the pound for violating the no leash permit and asks him for help. Two days later, Theodore meets up with Julio to help with Pre-algebra when Julio’s cousin walks in to talk with Julio. Theodore, Julio, and Julio’s cousin talk about the crime scene, who the suspects are, and where did he find out about the murder. Theodore tells the judge there is a witness that no one knew about. The witness has evidence that proves the suspect is guilty.

This book is an exciting murder mystery by John Grisham. Grisham has a wonderful way of writing a story with details, descriptions and the story flows smoothly. The way he adds in the senses with parts like the breakfast of pancakes and sausages, or when Theodore gets stared at by the suspect’s lawyer, there is a feeling of tenstion in the air. Grisham also shows the different courts of the judicial area such as animal court, family divorce court, drunks and druggy court. This books would be great for kids in the 7th grade at my reading level. The amount of chapters is satisfying for me because I like books with 20-30 chapters, maybe more sometimes. . I also liked how the characters each held a position throughout the whole book. The final thing I want to say is that John Grisham is a really good writer.
  EthanV.B1 | Oct 19, 2014 |
Grisham writes for a younger audience, but still has that cloak and dagger intrigue that is his signature. However, like all other authors who are writing for younger readers, this story is left somewhat hanging.... so.... it's another 'series' in the making.
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
I listened to this as an audio book and didn't know it was written for younger audiences, probably Middle Grade, since the protagonist was a 13-yr-old boy. I decided to listen to it all anyway since Grisham wrote it and I was intrigued to see how he'd handle writing for a different audience than his usual readers.

All in all, decently done. Grisham provided good basic info on the US legal system that children could understand, but never talked down to them. His use of the MC being the son of two lawyers and intending to become a lawyer himself was well conceived. Theo Boone, the NC, was portrayed as smart and up on the law due to his interest and study of law and absorbing much from his parents by talking to them and listening to their discussions about law.

The plot was straightforward, had some nice twists, and incorporated some social issues of the 21st Century such as immigration, poverty, language barriers, and the inherent flaws of the justice system.

I think 10- to- 14-year-olds would enjoy the story, especially if they were at all becoming curious about how the US legal system works. Too simplistic for anyone much older than high school age. ( )
  ChrisNorbury | Apr 17, 2014 |
Theo Boone has the makings of a great lawyer, he knows cops, judges and lawyers. He one day hopes to be a trial lawyer, and finds himself in court much sooner than he thought. He is the only person who knows the truth that could unlock a huge murder trial. This is a great mystery novel for kids. It has much of what has made Grisham a popular adult author, only tailored to a younger audience. Theodore Boone is a great character to follow as he evolves and continues to grow. This is the first in the series.
  Tvickrey | Mar 15, 2014 |
I listened to this one read by Richard Thomas. The reader was wonderful, but the story was weak. John Grisham spent a lot of time explaining the judicial system which I thought was boring. I didn't find the conclusion very satisfying. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525423842, Hardcover)

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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