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Theodore Boone : the scandal by John Grisham
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Theodore Boone : the scandal (edition 2016)

by John Grisham

Series: Theodore Boone (6)

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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Mystery. HTML:Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows every judge, police officer, and court clerk in Strattenburg. He has even helped bring a fugitive to justice. But even a future star lawyer like Theo has to deal with statewide standardized testing.
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When an anonymous tip leads the school board to investigate a suspicious increase in scores at another local middle school, Theo finds himself thrust in the middle of a cheating scandal. With insider knowledge and his future on the line, Theo must follow his keen instincts to do what??s right in the newest case for clever kid lawyer Theo Boone.  

"Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist." ??The New York Times

"Smartly written." ??USA Today

"Edge-of-your-seat drama, sophisticated plotting, and plenty of spunk." ??Chicago Sun-Times

"Classic Grisham." ??The Los Ang… (more)
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Title:Theodore Boone : the scandal
Authors:John Grisham
Info:New York, New York : Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
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I seldom read YA, but I’m a fan of John Grisham and will read any book he writes. The Theodore Boone series is a cute, wholesome collection of stories with good themes and lessons for readers. In this installment, Grisham tackles standardized testing in schools and a group of teachers who cheat the results. ( )
  NatalieRiley | Jun 17, 2023 |
Likable but a bit of much ado about nothing to me
Aimed at teenagers but would have thought many would be bored? ( )
  SarahKDunsbee | Aug 2, 2021 |
Somehow I'd managed to miss that Grisham had this YA series. From one standpoint, with two lawyer parents, it is believable that their son Theo would have an interest in law. I haven't read the other books in the series and perhaps they explain it better, but I failed to understand why Theo had his own "office" at his parents's offices. (Perhaps it was just a room that was his to use that he thought of as his office, but if so, that wasn't really explained.)

I did like that Theo seems to know when to go to adults for help rather than trying to keep secrets from them as so many YA main characters do. Yes, he does keep some secrets, but not for long and usually not dangerous secrets. I liked that Theo went to his parents and owned up to skipping school--I was surprised that Ike or one of the police couldn't give Theo a note to take to school--of course, he still would have been skipping since he didn't go back right away, but chose to help April instead. I have to say though that what's going on with April seems to require more than a 13 year old's help overall.

I've taken standardized tests but not the same type as what they have now. I'm not sure the tracks at my school back then were decided in the same way that they are here. At the time, we seemed to have a college-track and a non-college track and vocational tracks. There were some honors classes--I remember math and English being two where we had AP (Advance Placement) classes available. At that time you could take the class, then take a test and if you scored high enough on the AP test you could get college credit for the course. Sounds different than what Theo's schools had in place.

I think back then, if April had shown an aptitude in art then she could have taken more advanced art classes without having to be in the Honors program--makes me wonder if the kids have some skewed version on their high school system if being one point away from Honors keeps them from certain art classes when a high school teacher sees their potential. Or maybe April isn't as good at art as she thinks she is?

There's a lot of repetition in the book. At one point Theo (or the narrator) tells us about his family's dining schedule. Then we're told about it a few more times throughout the book. I think the first time is when they decide to break their schedule and have Chinese takeout two days in a row. But then later in the book, twice I think, Theo mentions that on such and such a night it is their "night" to go to Omar's restaurant, and I think one other time it is mentioned that because it is such-and-such-day, they traditionally go to x type of restaurant and so they do. By the time the last mention rolled around, I was screaming "enough, I get it, they have a restaurant rotation schedule". ( )
  JenniferRobb | Apr 23, 2020 |
A quick and breezy read, I finished this book in a few hours. OK book for a summer read, although I still find Theodore's speech too adult. Heart of it is when teachers cheat for the school, is that a crime? ( )
  siok | Mar 15, 2020 |
The Boone family is a little too perfect for my tastes (lawyer parents, want-to-be-lawyer only child who is overly wise when it comes to giving advice to other kids, member of the Boy Scouts, church on Sunday, serving at the soup kitchen every Tuesday, etc.). I think middle schoolers will look past all this, though, especially since Theo does a few not-so-perfect things. His parents agree to represent five teachers who altered standardized test scores at their school and were arrested. His parents argue that it was wrong, but not a criminal act. As a teacher, this case bothered me because it's happened in real life, too, and I think it's disgusting that teachers/administrators have cheated. However, the book did a balanced job of presenting both sides and it will get kids thinking and debating. ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Sep 22, 2017 |
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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Mystery. HTML:Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows every judge, police officer, and court clerk in Strattenburg. He has even helped bring a fugitive to justice. But even a future star lawyer like Theo has to deal with statewide standardized testing.

When an anonymous tip leads the school board to investigate a suspicious increase in scores at another local middle school, Theo finds himself thrust in the middle of a cheating scandal. With insider knowledge and his future on the line, Theo must follow his keen instincts to do what??s right in the newest case for clever kid lawyer Theo Boone.  

"Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist." ??The New York Times

"Smartly written." ??USA Today

"Edge-of-your-seat drama, sophisticated plotting, and plenty of spunk." ??Chicago Sun-Times

"Classic Grisham." ??The Los Ang

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