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Theodore Boone: The Abduction [NOOK Book]

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#1 New York Times bestseller John Grisham's next Theo Boone novel, now in paperback!

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 ...
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Overview

#1 New York Times bestseller John Grisham's next Theo Boone novel, now in paperback!

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.
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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.

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)
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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101567739
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/10/2011
  • Series: Theodore Boone Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 7,744
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • File size: 418 KB

Meet the Author


John Grisham is the author of a collection of stories, a work of nonfiction, three sports novels, four kids' books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Biography

As a young boy in Arkansas, John Grisham dreamed of being a baseball player. Fortunately for his millions of fans, that career didn't pan out. His family moved to Mississippi in 1967, where Grisham eventually received a law degree from Ole Miss and established a practice in Southaven for criminal and civil law. In 1983, Grisham was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives, where he served until 1990.

While working as an attorney, Grisham witnessed emotional testimony from the case of a young girl's rape. Naturally inquisitive, Grisham's mind started to wander: what if the terrible crime yielded an equally terrible revenge? These questions of right and wrong were the subject of his first novel, A Time to Kill (1988), written in the stolen moments before and between court appearances. The book wasn't widely distributed, but his next title would be the one to bring him to the national spotlight. The day after he finished A Time to Kill, Grisham began work on The Firm (1991), the story of a whiz kid attorney who joins a crooked law firm. The book was an instant hit, spent 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and was made into a movie starring Tom Cruise.

With the success of The Firm, Grisham resigned from the Mississippi House of Representatives to focus exclusively on his writing. What followed was a string of bestselling legal thrillers that demonstrated the author's uncanny ability to capture the unique drama of the courtroom. Several of his novels were turned into blockbuster movies.

In 1996, Grisham returned to his law practice for one last case, honoring a promise he had made before his retirement. He represented the family of a railroad worker who was killed on the job, the case went to trial, and Grisham won the largest verdict of his career when the family was awarded more than $650,000.

Although he is best known for his legal thrillers, Grisham has ventured outside the genre with several well-received novels (A Painted House, Bleachers, et al) and an earnest and compelling nonfiction account of small-town justice gone terribly wrong (The Innocent Man). The popularity of these stand-alones proves that Grisham is no mere one-trick pony but a gifted writer with real "legs."

Good To Know

A prolific writer, it takes Grisham an average of six months to complete a novel.

Grisham has the right to approve or reject whoever is cast in movies based on his books. He has even written two screenplays himself: Mickey and The Gingerbread Man.

Baseball is one of Grisham's great loves. He serves as the local Little League commissioner and has six baseball diamonds on his property, where he hosts games.

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

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    Amazing! Grisham for a New Generation!

    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.

    30 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Good read

    That was great. I enjoyed every minute reading this. HOpe there will be more

    29 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Great book for teens

    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.

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    Great but I prefer the first one

    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

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Awesome

    I love supsense awesome book it was lovely ;);;)

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!!!!!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

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    Slow and Predictable,Mr.Grisham,you could have done better

    This book did not live up to the original. This one had barely any suspense and had a slow plot. It was so predictable, on the first sentence I figured out who kidnapped April (no joke!).The way the kidnapper abducted April was very dull. There were also descriptions of a corpse which were very graphic,that included very detailed descriptions of decomposition.If I were you,I would stick with the first one.

    10 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Great read

    This book is awesome good book for wannabee detectives

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Great read!

    Thought provoking and a page turner. I love John Grisham's books and each one is an addicting read.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    More boone grisham!

    Read the furst this looks really good. More cases for theo!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    The abduction

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    *Excellent - Great Read *

    Loved the book. Mr. Grisham is a never-ending well of talent.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    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!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Love

    I love this book now if your a person who said 2 stares and donw you suck and booooooooo at YOU

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    LOVED IT!!!!!!!

    This book was great! Alot of my friends read it and said they loved it!!!!!!! I hope there will be another book!!!!! Couldn't put it down!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Very good book

    if you read the first one, you have to read this one. couldnt put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    YES GRISHAM

    Great stories (both this and the first) i highly reccomend to ages about 12-14.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Awesome

    The book wass great people who didnt like it are crazy

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Yes, it's wrote with kids in mind!

    That is the purpose of the book, stop giving it negative reviews!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Great aleady.

    I only read the sample and the previous book but I already know this book is great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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