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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
     

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

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by John Grisham, Richard Thomas (Read by)
 

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A perfect murder
A faceless witness
A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old
Meet Theodore Boone

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk&mdash

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A perfect murder
A faceless witness
A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old
Meet Theodore Boone

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.

Editorial Reviews

John Grisham flashes into young readers' realities with this poignant, exciting story about Theodore Boone, a 13-year-old boy who grew up in a household headed by workaholic lawyer parents. Picking up snippets of their savvy, he becomes a resourceful little crime-fighter himself. An arresting audio presentation.

School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone's fervent wish is to become a great lawyer one day, or better yet, a great judge. Theo's parents are both lawyers and have their law firm where Theo has his own little office. Because of his knowledge of legal matters, his classmates turn to him for advice. As John Grisham's first volume (Dutton, 2010) in a projected series opens, Theo has arranged for his class to go on a field trip to the courthouse for the opening of a high-profile murder trial. Theo becomes more directly involved in the sensational murder trial when one of his friends informs him that his cousin is in possession of key evidence in the case but is too afraid to come forward because of his immigration status. Although Theo is sworn to secrecy, he must figure out how to bring this information to light before the end of the trial. The courtroom drama and background legal matters are realistically portrayed and easy to understand. There are times though, when the action slows down as Grisham weaves explanations of the legal system and process into the story. Richard Thomas's well-paced reading is appropriately youthful, and he gives each character a distinct voice. The conclusion of the novel serves as the beginning of the next and the continuation of the case.—Mary Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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.
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.
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.)
Scholastic News
Gripping... I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. I think everyone will be enthralled by Theodore Boone.
BookPage
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer zips along at a quick pace, and young readers will be intrigued by the showdown of the trial.
Bulletin for the Center of Childrens Books
A rather quirky combination of Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown
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 

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
When I saw that John Grisham had written a book for children, I was a little bit dubious especially since I have read other books by adult authors or celebrities who were trying their hand at children's books. I have to say that this book really does succeed. While the story may be a little farfetched from an adult standpoint the age group for which it is targeted will really enjoy it. Theo has spent most of his life at the law offices of his parents; he dreams of becoming a lawyer or perhaps a judge himself. He knows most of the lawyers and judges in town, court personnel and is absolutely beside himself at the prospect of attending the biggest murder trial to hit his hometown. At first the story seems reasonably straightforward giving a rundown about lawyers and how the court works, some very interesting twists dealing with immigrants, surprise witnesses, mistrials, the interaction between Theo his parents and his uncle Ike. The latter seems to be the black sheep of the family. All these events and characters are not confusing and keep the reader turning the pages to find out how the trial will end. In addition, seeing how Teddy or Theo as his friends call him is the in house lawyer at school helping his chums find solutions to their problems and solve family problems is a real treat. The story is well-written maintains a good pace and when you get to the end, which I wouldn't dare spoil, I like most others will want to know more. I can't believe there will not be a sequel featuring Theo Boone. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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:
9780142428696
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/25/2010
Series:
Theodore Boone Series , #1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
316,034
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
"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

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.

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: Kid Lawyer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 283 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book it was realy captivating i read it non stop i recomend the sisters grimm, a wrinkle in time, and the boxcar children. Sincerly, The big bad wolf A.K.A J.D.G
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Pete Duffley is accused of murdering his wife only one person can get the evidence to convict him. Theodore Boone, son of two lawyers, and a very good advisor himself. Finds the evidence to covict Mr. Duffley. This book hold many twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages, as fast as Theo collects the evidence. I am a avid mystery reader and movie watcher, and when it comes to a good book... the novel Grisham has constructed barely trails Sir Aurthur Connan Dolye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book can't wait to finish the entire series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In searching for something appropriate for young teenage grandson, was very happy to discover John Grisham is now writing for that age group. Hope that he continues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, John Grisham is known to make more adult books. But this book has proven that he can write tween books. I love this book so much and this is a real "under the covers" read! Recomened!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could have been a great book had the author fiished the story. I almost felt he got bored writing it and sent it to the publisher with out an ending. Then it seems that the publisher knowing what a great writter Grisham usually is chose not to question him and sent the book to print. Were they all thinking, well it has the Grisham name people will buy it with out reading reviews... I wish I had done so before spending the money on it. I usually love Grisham and read his books in less than a day. I had to force myself to get through this one and it took 4 days...that is unheard of for me especially considering the book is only146 pgs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING!!!!!John Grisham i an amazing author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It will leave you on the edge of you seat till the end . Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Its a bit boring in the very beginning but after that, this book is exceptional! Loved it and I hope you will love it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was truly amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I needed a book that was like the firm but not as adultish. What i got was this. The beginning throuh middle was one of the best subjects I've ever read. But then near the end i found myself rushed. It was almost like Mr. John got borred writing the book and decided to stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really good except for the ending it was kinda slow overall great book i hopethere are more comin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved,loved,loved this book. John Grisham wrote this novel as a very detailed amazing mystery. (John Grisham) Theodore taught and informed me so much about the law.
Clay-Faught 4 months ago
“He did smile at her, though, but she did not return the smile. Her teeth were somewhere in the house.” Theodore Boone is a funny but smart kid. Theodore Boone kid lawyer is a great book for elementary and middle school kids. John Grisham, the author, is the number one international bestselling author. This book is part of the mystery genre. This story is based in Strattenburg. The setting is very realistic and it is very clear. John Grisham does a fine job of using imagery to describe the town and every small detail and even the layout of some of the more important building in the book. Grisham based the story around Theodore Boone, a book worm kid living in Strattenburg. He is known for helping all his classmates with their family problems. Then there is Julio, who lives in the local homeless shelter with his two younger siblings and his mom. His cousin, Bobby, was a key witness of the murder but is an illegal immigrant and cannot come out without being shipped back to El Salvador. Theo Boone was a kid that lives in Strattenburg, but he is far from normal. Theo has been obsessed with law since he was able to speak. It helps that both of his parents are lawyers, and he is in a law firm every day. Theo is known around school for helping his friends with their families problems, and when the town’s biggest case happens in the last twenty years, Theo is all over it. Mr. Duffy, is accused of murdering his wife, for her one million dollar life insurance. It is the town's second murder case ever, and Theo scored his government class front row seats. This book’s theme is that you cannot get away with the mistakes you make in life. You cannot just kill someone and think that you are going to walk around like nothing happened. Karma is a jerk, and it will get you back sooner or later, and this book has a great example of that. No matter how flawless you think it is, everything has mistakes and nothing is perfect This book is great and interesting, but does not engage my emotions. My favorite part of the book was how there were small problems in between the big problems. If you really want to get into a book and want to non stop reading something, this is not the book for you. I thought of it as that it is something you can pick up every once and awhile but not every second you have free time. The plot was very nice and the only problem I saw throughout the book was how the book ended. I personally hate sequels that's that continue that exact same story. If you are going to write a book, then at least finish the story. It is also very slow and does not get to the point as fast as I wanted it to. I would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of nine and thirteen. It is not too complex but would be confusing for anyone below the age of nine. It is all around a good book and I give John Grisham credit for making it. I would rate it 8/10 because it is interesting a some points but also is slow at times. Overall, I respected this book and it was a considerable read.
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This book was a awesome book. It was very beleveable. This was Mr.peanut reviews thank you for reading my review
Bob_Newspaper More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. Need to read.
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I realy like this book. And I realy like theodore. You need to read this book.. Noah Gardner. 3-5-16:) :)
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