Theodore Boone: The Abduction

Theodore Boone: The Abduction

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by John Grisham
     
 

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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

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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 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

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)
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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

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:
9781444731842
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Series:
Theodore Boone Series, #2
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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