A perfect murder...a faceless witness...a lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth....and he’s only 13 years old.
Meet Theodore Boone. In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only 13, 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 number-one international best-seller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep listeners guessing.
©2010 John Grisham (P)2010 Penguin
Grisham does a great job of taking his great law drama style and putting it on the level of a young adult (ages 8-16 IMO). In an unobtrusive way, he explains any of the technical aspects of law that are critical to the plot. He goes "out on a limb" and creates a character that has a good relationship with his parents without the parents kowtowing to the child.
Adults will enjoy the story as well. The plot is not as filled with twists and turns as his normal, but that is to be expected with the target audience. I did finish the book feeling like he had intended to write three more chapters, but cut it for some reason.
Nevertheless, it was a good read (listen). I hope this isn't his last for this audience. I'm looking forward to my kids having more of these.
Well, this is definitely a 'kids' book, but a very good listen even for a mature person. I am an avid Grisham listener and this book proved a nice break. Being a grandfatther, I will be reading this book to my grandsons. The story provides a good sense of strive for what you want, be honest, think things through, help others, and most of all an education of the justicial system, abeit from a simpler approach, but very well put. Recommended for young readers.
When Theodore struggled with fighting in school. He is not a fighter but struggled with the concept of sticking up for right vs wrong. A very real everyday struggle for children and adults.
No. Its a book that my daugther and I listen to together.
This is a book that can be listened to as a family. The tv is off or in the car the radio is off. Conversation regarding characters and situations in the book follow.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Richard Thomas did a great job reading this story. I have not cared to much for some of John Grisham's most recent books but this one was great. I noted it was for children but adults will enjoy it. Other than the hero being a 12 year old the story is much more an adult story than what I think of as a child's book. Could not stop listening.
Grisham has gotten at least one foot off his liberal soapbox, swallowed some of his cynicism, and written a thoughtful and perceptive "feel good" story. The author has crawled inside the mind of Theo Boone, a generous and very precocious thirteen year old in love with the law and passionate about helping people. He just did not expect to be involved in catching a murderer. Theodore Boone will steal your heart whether you are thirteen or thirty-nine! When I need to relax, I re-listen to several chapters. Write a sequel, John.
Of the four books I've listened to so far, Theodore Boone comes in 2nd.
This book was obviously written for YA audiences, and because I am a teacher, I am always looking for new literature for young readers. This story was easy to listen to and not get lost, yet not get bored either. There was plenty of information about lawyers, but the listener does not get bogged down in the details. I also liked how Patterson was able to put Theodore into a "case" believably, even though he is an eighth grader.
I enjoyed listening to Richard Thomas perform the voice of Judge Gentry. He did a great job changing his voice, making it sound deeper and gruffer, yet still gentle enough to fit the personality of the judge.
Yes, it was. I couldn't quite manage it time-wise, but I kept turning audible back on so that I could continue the story whenever possible.
well-written, age-appropriate, interesting
Theo as the kid lawyer is a model of a smart kid who does kindness wherever he can, but also respects his parents and authority. Grisham explains a lot of legal procedure and jargon to young adults through the story line. He deals with issues of illegal immigration, parental divorce and child custody battles and criminal defense. He makes it cool to be a smart kid.
Thomas did a fine job reading the book.
No. I listen during a commute. This is one I will recommend to my granddaughter. I like to read books first to make sure she doesn't read something I don't approve of.
Huge kudos to Grisham for this kind of book. It is a clean story line that deals with serious issues, but in a way that educates young adults about the legal system. It's not gory when dealing with the murder. It is educational for kids whose parents may be getting divorced to know a little about what the custody procedure is, and it also touched on issues of illegal immigration. I felt it was written for a young adult audience, but it was well-written enough for me to enjoy it, too.
It was a story that would make a good novel for adults told in a manner suitable for pre-adolescents without gore and steamy sex scenes.
Theodore is in a similar situation to the Hardy Boys. The Hardys were a family of investigators, and the boys were following their father's footsteps investigating mysteries that came their way. The Boones are a family of lawyers with Theodore using his legal knowledge that he "picked up around the house" to help his friends.
I liked Theodore's familiarity with the courthouse and the staff there. This is the kind of situation that could really occur in small-town America.
"Law school? He's ready NOW!"
There are a few tiny glitches that only an experienced, small-town courtroom lawyer would notice, and I'll bet if John Grisham re-reads his work in a few years he will see them. This is the kind of book that will keep kids reading and books relevant!
Theodore Boone is a young teen from a family of lawyers who would much rather be in the court house than in Spanish class. Due to the 'family business', and his tendency to spend his spare time watching trials, Theo is the go-to legal advisor for kids (and even teachers) in his school.
This role is what brings him information from someone who knows someone who saw something that is pivotal to the most important murder trial the small city of Strattenburg has seen in decades.
This is a fun book for the pre-teen set, and Theo as an aspiring lawyer/judge is a fun and different twist in the genre.
Sadly, Richard Thomas does only a mediocre job of narrating this book. The story carries along quite well in spite of him, but one can only imagine how much better it would have been in the hands of a more capable narrator.
Ultimately, the Theo Boone books are enjoyable despite the poor narration and I recommend both this book and the second book in the series for kids 7-12.
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