Tuesday, June 17

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
John Grisham
(Theodore Boone #1)

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 9780142417225
Publisher: Dutton
Date of publication: May 25, 2010
Age: Grades 4 – 8
Genre: Mystery

Themes: Legal system, murder, justice, court

Theo, the son of two lawyers, is well on his way into the legal system himself. He much prefers studying law in his “office” at his parents’ firm or hanging out at the court house than anything else. But now he is stuck at school while the biggest murder trial the town has ever seen is taking place at the court house. Theo thinks the suspect is guilty, but knows the prosecution has little to no evidence. What if Theo was the one to find key evidence? Something that would change the outcome of the whole trial?

While it was a hugely anticlimactic book, I actually still liked the story. Grisham is a legal genius after all, and does a fantastic job of describing and explaining every aspect of an exciting murder trial to his young audience. Theo is rather endearing and I enjoy his character immensely, as well as those around him. The story doesn’t have a climax, and it sort of just ends…(perhaps it continues somewhat in the next books?) but it’s a great book for kids, especially those ones that are watching “Perry Mason” reruns in their spare time (Theo’s favorite show). Overall, I would recommend it.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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