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Theodore Boone: The Abduction
     

Theodore Boone: The Abduction

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by John Grisham
 

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Book 2 in the thrilling young mystery series from internationally bestsellling author John Grisham

When we last saw Theo Boone, he ensured that justice was served by uncovering evidence that kept a guilty man off of the streets. Hot off this high-profile murder trial, thirteen-year-old Theo is still dispensing legal advice to friends and teachers. But just when

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Book 2 in the thrilling young mystery series from internationally bestsellling author John Grisham

When we last saw Theo Boone, he ensured that justice was served by uncovering evidence that kept a guilty man off of the streets. Hot off this high-profile murder trial, thirteen-year-old Theo is still dispensing legal advice to friends and teachers. But just when it seems as if his life has calmed down and gone back to the status quo, a new legal mystery comes to town, and this time it's personal.

Editorial Reviews

Theodore Boone, the eighth-grade legal beagle of John Grisham's Kid Lawyer (9780142417225, $7.99) is back for another round of crises in and out of the courtroom. Young Theo's problems are just theoretical: His best friend April has vanished from her bedroom in the middle of the night and no one in town seems capable of penetrating the mystery. It's up to young Boone to piece together the story behind her disappearance and bring any culprits to justice. An engaging suspense story by one of America's most famous authors.

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this sequel to Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, our young hero has a very strange mystery on his hands. His best friend, April, who has a home life that is vastly different from his and certainly not one most kids would want, has disappeared. Has she been kidnapped, is foul play an issue? It is probably every parent's nightmare worrying about their kids out alone, but in April's case she was alone at home and according to Theodore taking all necessary precautions. In addition to this mystery, Theodore, who dreams of becoming a judge someday and whose parents are lawyers, is drawn to the courtroom and especially high profile cases. He also helps kids at school when they have problems with their pets and need to go to Animal Court. That particular scenario in the book breaks the tension, but it is amusing and will give readers a real feel for Theodore. Needless to say, he persists in trying to find his friend and it is only with the help of his uncle, a disbarred lawyer, that Theo is able to bring the drama to a satisfying conclusion. While it is certainly an enjoyable read, it helps to have read the first book where the characters are more clearly fleshed out, the parents are present and there is even greater tension in the story. Grisham has quite a skill being able to write for both adult and younger audiences, and more Theodore Boone books will be welcomed by this reviewer. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Publishers Weekly
Grisham, a bestseller-list fixture with his legal thrillers, makes his children's book debut with a series opener that lacks thrills. The only child of two attorneys, Theo Boone is an endearing oddball, an eighth-grader who still thinks girls have cooties, but who knows every lawyer, bailiff, and judge in town. There's an underdeveloped subplot about a best friend whose parents are divorcing, but Theo's contacts with peers mainly consist of him playing lawyer--advising one boy to have his parents file for bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure, reassuring another about his brother's drug arrest, and in the main thread, producing an eyewitness to a murder for which the prosecuting attorney, heretofore, had only circumstantial evidence. He's less a real kid than an adult's projection of what an ideal kid might be like--determined to be the "most talented linguist" in his Spanish class and appreciative of the scruffy charms of the local college team's baseball stadium. The book is smoothly written, and there's a mild tutorial on the criminal justice system ("Theo knew that in 65 percent of murder cases the defendant does not testify..."). What there isn't is any excitement. Ages 8-12. (May)
From the Publisher
Praise for the Theodore Boone series

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

"Classic Grisham." -The Los Angeles Times

"Smartly written." — USA Today

"Grisham is an absolute master."—Washington Post

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

"Gripping . . . I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery."—Scholastic News 

The New York Times
Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist.
The Los Angeles Times
Classic Grisham.
BookPage
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer zips along at a quick pace, and young readers will be intrigued by the showdown of the trial.
Scripps Howard News Service
Grisham successfully translates his talent for writing fast-paced, emotionally gripping legal thrillers into a book that will have young readers whipping through the pages to see what happens next.
Bloomberg.com
Move over, Nancy Drew. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer introduces a new amateur crime fighter to bookstore shelves.
Scholastic News
Gripping... I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. I think everyone will be enthralled by Theodore Boone.
Washington Post Express
Heads up, Harriet the Spy, the Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and even those kids from 'Ghostwriter' (you all have a new crime-solver to add to the crew.)
VOYA - Stacey Hayman
Theo's mom is a divorce lawyer with a preference for representing the wives, and his dad is a real estate attorney. He may only be thirteen, but he already knows he'll be a lawyer or a judge one day. In fact, kids at school already ask him for legal advice on a variety of issues, and Theo's happy to help, even when his assistance leads to his involvement in one of the biggest events of Strattenburg's history—the murder trial of Peter Duffy. A boy Theo is tutoring in algebra asks for assistance on behalf of his cousin, a young man who may be a key witness in a case that's light on concrete evidence. Can Theo help solve this complicated tangle of legal threads so the guilty are convicted and the innocent go free? A book that introduces teen readers to the intricacies of the legal world is a pretty clever premise for creating a potentially long and beloved series. It was surprising, however, to find some odd inconsistencies in a work by such an accomplished author, such as Theo explaining bankruptcy law to another teen but not understanding being held in contempt of court, or his parents being devoted to him, yet he spends most of his time unsupervised. Hopefully these details will be ironed out and Theo will go on to become the Encyclopedia Brown of his generation. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525425571
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/06/2011
Series:
Theodore Boone Series , #2
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
149,126
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.97(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
Raves for the Theodore Boone series

- "Smartly written." —USA Today
- "Edge-of-your-seat drama, sophisticated plotting, and plenty of spunk." —Chicago Sun-Times
- "Classic Grisham." —The Los Angeles Times
- "Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist." —The New York Times
- "Gripping . . . I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. I think everyone will be enthralled by Theodore Boone." —Scholastic News

Meet the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, one work of nonfiction, and one collection of stories. His works are translated into thirty-nine languages. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Oxford, Mississippi, and Albemarle County, Virginia
Date of Birth:
February 8, 1955
Place of Birth:
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Education:
B.S., Mississippi State, 1977; J.D., University of Mississippi, 1981
Website:
http://www.jgrisham.com

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Theodore Boone: The Abduction 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 198 reviews.
manoftheworld More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. But, you've gotta read Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer first, because that's where it all started. I got this the day it was released, because I pre-ordered it, and I finished it in one sitting! The plot is about Theodore Boone, 13-year old child of mother and father lawyers, so he would be a legal whiz, and he helps people when they have legal troubles. His best friend, April, is abducted, and he sets off to find the truth and uses his legal knowledge to save his friend. I am a die-hard Grisham fan and I have not been disappointed by a single novel of his that I have read except for one, and this is NOT the one! His two Theodore Boone books that have been released might be a wonderful start in reading his novels.
Balina More than 1 year ago
That was great. I enjoyed every minute reading this. HOpe there will be more
HHH39 More than 1 year ago
This book is intended for teenage readers. It is fast moving and holds your interest. I would highly recommend it. Even though I am way past my teens, I enjoyed it too.
Jonathan6773 More than 1 year ago
I was amazed how John Grisham created a kids book, but this is actually aimed for teens. However, Grisham portrays the main character as a perfect thirteen year old teen who is a straight 'A' student who is a hero, solves crimes, gives legal advice, and wishes to practice law. He is the type of kid who isn't afraid to speak up but is respectful to his peers and to his parents. Grisham starts off with the harsh reality of child neglect, drug abuse,and alcohol problems. When Theo's best friend, April,disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, it is up to Theo to solve the mystery and to find her. Grisham does add some scary moments like when the police found a body in the river with a similar clothing Theo gave to April. Overall, this novel is a great sequel to the first book, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, but the first one is better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love supsense awesome book it was lovely ;);;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was totally awesome!!! I actually read the first book,kinda boring at the beginning (like most books I read)but it was overall a great book!!!! Keep writing Theo Boone books Mr.Grisham!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking and a page turner. I love John Grisham's books and each one is an addicting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the best i have ever read by far. All his books are insanely good. If you like juvenile fiction, this is the book for you. I recommend it for anyone who likes mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome good book for wannabee detectives
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if you read the first one, you have to read this one. couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great stories (both this and the first) i highly reccomend to ages about 12-14.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the furst this looks really good. More cases for theo!
OldSalty More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Mr. Grisham is a never-ending well of talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although these books are written with children in mind, I find them as good a read as anything John Grisham writes. I never miss an opportunity to read him!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only read the sample and the previous book but I already know this book is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book now if your a person who said 2 stares and donw you suck and booooooooo at YOU
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book wass great people who didnt like it are crazy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it so much i loved the charactors and the trail this is a thrilling book i totally recomand it! I cant wait to read the second one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Book Eva!!!!
NashMom More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. My daughter, who loves Sci Fi & Fantasy genres as a general rule, loves this book so much (and is stepping outside her typical groove) that she is reading it on her phone. I read it because I find Grisham novels compelling and was really impressed with Grisham's ability to weave an entrancing story appropriate for middle schoolers. This book takes us through the adventures of a bright kid who knows what's right and follows his intuitions. He takes responsibility and, as a parent, I hope to see many more books featuring Theo Boones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and im13. So its fine for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed Theodores' friendship and dedication to his best friend, April. A FUN READ. (and I'm 50). JomyC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bomb diggedy! Awesome! I luv this seriies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished it! Mr.Grisham has a really good talent for writing. Not since Nancy Drew has thier been a really good athur! A must buy!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a realy good book i finished it in one day its up there in my top books i recomen the sisters grimm, a wrinkle in time, and the boxcar children Sincerly, The big bad wolf , A.k.a j.d.g