Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer – 1st in the Theodore Boone series
Author: John Grisham
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Tween Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 9-12
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 9-13
Year/Setting: Present day, Strattenburg
Overall Rating: 4.5
John's Website: www.theodoreboone.com
Theo Boone’s life is all about the law, both by birth and by choice. In all of his thirteen years Theo has seen, heard, and studied more about the law than most people in their entire lives.
You see, Theo’s parents are both lawyers. Theo himself is somewhat of a lawyer among his peers at school; he dispenses advice (after some research and thought) as they come to him with their questions and problems. It’s simply in his blood. So much so that he’d rather attend a well-publicized criminal trial than to go to school. He really only enjoys two classes anyway.
Theo, however, gets more than he ever bargained for with this murder trial. He comes by some information that no one, not the defense or the prosecution knows about. He makes promises to his source, but Theo knows he somehow needs to get this info into the right hands without breaking a confidence and without letting a killer go free.
I found Theo to be a bright, caring, and charming young man. While his sense of right from wrong, sense of duty as well as his charitable actions is commendable, he is still a teen with eye-rolling and frustrating moments.
Mr. Grisham winds the strings of suspense tightly…Drama unfolds bit by bit, carefully escalating the tension for poor Theo and the reader.
Truly well done for the Tween reader; crime, courtroom and trial drama as seen from a thirteen-year old boy’s perspective. It couldn’t have been crafted any better than this.
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