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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

by John Grisham

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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.
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Writing: 4.5; very good writing by this established author.
Theme: 4.0; Theodore Boone, a thirteen-year-old aspiring lawyer, investigates a murder case in which the suspect is about to be let off of his charge. When Theo learns of some critical evidence that could prove the suspect's guilt, he seeks out help from his law-centric family in order to handle the situation by-the-book and let justice prevail.
Content: 4.5; some talk of murder and a few disobedient youths are mentioned to smoke, but any incidents of disobedience or rebellion are looked upon with disdain.
Language: 5.0; nothing objectionable.

The first novel in the youth-aimed Theodore Boone series, Kid Lawyer is John Grisham's first foray into the young reader world. The titular character, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone, is the son of two lawyers and hopes to become one himself. Theo knows the ins and outs of the law system and is acquainted with almost every law official in his hometown, from the judges to the police officers. When Pete Duffy is accused of murdering his wife for some much-needed insurance money, Theo becomes the number one follower of the Duffy trial and assumes the man is guilty. When there is no concrete evidence to prove his guilt, everything looks as if the trial will go in Duffy's favor -- until a surprise witness reveals some critical info to Theo, but he refuses to come before the court. Theo must decide whether to honor the code of the law or his word to his friend when justice hangs in the balance. Overall, the book is a fun read. This is actually my first novel by Mr. Grisham, and the writing is fantastic. The characters are also likable enough, and the whole overall theme and style is similar to a deeper Encyclopedia Brown tale, as the mystery is of course more fleshed out and aimed for an older audience. Unfortunately, the book does begin to drag on later, and everything begins to move rather slowly. Not only that, but the ending, while implied, is left open and the mystery is never officially solved. Though I do know that there are more books in the series, so hopefully they will give an answer to the story's fulfillment. All in all, I look forward to reading further entries in this series; while there are a few moments the book is a bit unbelievable and simple (like, as I said, Encyclopedia Brown) and the plot drags on, it is a fun read and the mystery was engaging throughout. Recommended for fans of mystery, especially for younger readers. The law and mystery stuff doesn't seem to be too over the heads of younger audiences. ***Finished February 18, 2020*** ( )
  DarthTindalus | Feb 22, 2020 |
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  QuietWinters | Jul 22, 2019 |
I don't think so. I might try kid-testing this, but I don't think it will fly. Too much law, not enough color, enough inaccuracy for me to cringe. (If only working without documents could be solved with sponsorship!) ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Theo is like a kid lawyer. And he kind of a bit mature for his age.

He like the work of a lawyer, like his parents. Theo is working out how the system works.

And he know a lot of people of the court, as they are peers of his parents.

Now he found out something that involved the on-going trial. Some of the trial process and rules were being explained.

That's the good bit.

The rest is a bit plain as the plot is kind of predictable.

Good for a young reader. But not engaging enough to make it exciting. ( )
  XOX | Apr 25, 2019 |
Theodore Boone is a 13 year old whose goal is to become a famous trial lawyer or a great judge known for his fairness. His mother is a noted divorce lawyer, and his father was a real estate lawyer. Theo's Uncle Ike was also a lawyer till something went wrong, but he is a good tap for information. Living in the small city of Strattenburg, Theo has access to the courts and the people who work in that world. He also has a large knowledge of what happens in the various courts.

The kids at school use him for a tap on what to do in legal matters. Need someone to help you out in Animal Court (your dog got out and the dog catcher took it to the pound); your parents are going through divorce and what will happen to you. Theo can give you some advice to help make sense of it all.

Mr. Mount, Theo's Government class teacher, had been a lawyer in the big city and so was his brother, but he gave it up to be a teacher since he found it much more rewarding. With his legal background he felt that it added to his teaching. When Mr. Mount get permission to take the class on a field trip to the courthouse to see a real trial, Theo is the one to clue them in and let them know what to expect, since he has all the connects.

The trial is a big event as it is the first murder trial to come up in years in Strattenburg. There are quite a few that think Mr. Duffy murdered his wife. Duffy has hired a high-powered lawyer to go against the D.A.and there are no witnesses to the crime. That is until Theo is introduced to someone who saw someone someplace when they said they weren't.

The problem with this revelation is the witness can't come forward for fear they will have legal problems. Theo is sworn to not revealing the witness to anyone. For Theo this is hard, as he knows that he needs to reveal the information since it has direct and major bearing on the trial.

Grisham is mainly an adult author, but in this book he is writing for a younger group. No blood and guts and all that, but there is plenty of information and the story moves well. I have found that there are a few more books in this series, so on to the TBR list they go! ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Dec 26, 2018 |
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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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