A new summer classic is born, says this Kid Reporter.
Author: John Grisham
Publisher and date of publication: Penguin Group USA 2010
Number of pages: 288 Hardcover
Recommended ages of readers: Ages 12-15
Theodore “Theo” Boone lives in the small town of Strattenburg. He is your average eighth grader except for one thing: He dispenses legal advice.
Theo comes from a long line of lawyers that includes both of his parents and his uncle. He has taken it upon himself to get to know everyone who works at the courthouse and learn just about everything that has to do with the legal system.
When the biggest trial in town history hits Strattenburg, Theo immerses himself in the case, trying to learn every last detail about the murder of Myra Duffy. But when a classmate comes to Theo for help, he learns of evidence that could change the course of the trial, causing him to become more involved then he could have ever imagined (or wanted).
The book boasts a colorful cast of characters ranging from Omar Cheepe, sleazy private eye, to Ike Boone, disbarred hippie tax lawyer. Theo has to deal with them all to make sure the city he loves remains safe.
Even being caught up in the trial of a lifetime, doesn’t keep Theo from continuing to come to the legal rescue of his fellow citizens. Along the way he helps his best friend, whose parents are going through a rough divorce; a girl whose dog is imprisoned in the pound; and his school’s secretary, whose brother has been arrested for drunk driving.
A best-selling author of adult legal thrillers, John Grisham does a masterful job in his debut novel for young adults. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer is a fresh idea that combines all the aspects of a great novel with an informative overview of our nation’s legal system.
I found it so suspenseful, I stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish it—reading under the covers with a flashlight.
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PHOTO: (TOP) Book cover Courtesy Penguin Group USA. (BOTTOM) Kid Reporter Andrew Scarafile reads during the daytime—when he doesn't need a flashlight under the covers! (Photo Courtesy Andrew Scarafile)