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The Abduction (Theodore Boone #2)

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Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure and the stakes are higher than ever.

When his best friend April disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone—who knows April better than anyone—has answers.

As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it’s up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skill
Hardcover, First Edition, 217 pages
Published June 6th 2011 by Dutton Juvenile (first published June 9th 2010)
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Grisham is making me crazy with this book. It's like he decided to write for kids, but he doesn't actually know any kids and he just doesn't know how to write for them. And I'm not sure what his editor was thinking when she let so many unrealistic things stay in this book (see my previous updates). You can't abandon reality to make your story work out the way you want it to. That's a cop-out and lazy writing. That's gripe #1.

Gripe #2: Grisham doesn't seem to understand that kids can handle scar
Shreya Rao
Oct 22, 2012 Shreya Rao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Weingardt
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Theodore Boone the Abduction by John Grisham is a realistic fiction about how Theo’s best friend April went missing one night out of the blue in their small hometown. Theodore is now devastated by this and is doing everything he can to locate April and figure out who kidnapped her. Multiple people believe it was Jack Leeper who is April’s uncle that kidnapped her because he escaped from prison at the same time she went missing. I like this book because the vocabulary was easy and they
Dec 10, 2013 Ginger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children ages 10-12
Good for the age wrote for. I bought this for my nephew and chose to read before giving them to him.
Jake Manu
Sep 15, 2012 Jake Manu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. i've read it before, but i had a frantic rush around to find something to fit into one of my 2 last categories. This is about Theodore Boone, a 13 year old wannabe lawyer who's best friend goes missing and so he thinks it's his job to find her. an awesome adventure, and probably the most realistic book i've ever read.
I decided to read this book because i either had to read a book written in 2010 or 2011 or one written by a New Zealander, and i chose the first option. Th
Sep 25, 2014 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tracey by: one of my SAT students
Oh, John Grisham...maybe I'm nostalgic when remembering your adult books that I've read in the past but this YA book just isn't doing it for me. What happened to your writing skills? This book is exciting, yes, but also predictable. Very predictable. And sure, it's targeted to 6th through 8th graders but you're really selling them short with the lack of advanced vocabulary in this book.

Theodore Boone: The Abduction is an okay book. I can understand its appeal: it's fast-paced, it's exciting, it'
Mar 28, 2012 Sita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children
I first read John Grisham during a summer holiday many years ago. I was poking through my uncle's library looking for something to read and he recommends "The Firm". I never heard of him before, but my uncle is a lawyer so no surprise he'd picked it up :)I read it and I was hooked. I read almost all of his books including the non-lawyer stuff. So of course when Theodore Boone came around I just have to pick it up.

This is actually a children's book, a charming one at that. For me it's like a fai
Atticus Hatfield
Theodore Boone: the Abduction by John Grisham

Have you ever read any of John Grisham’s crime thrillers? He is well known to be a great author for adult crime novels. Although he’s mainly an adult author, he is also known for his children’s series, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. It sounds pretty clever to create a kids version of his bestselling books, right? Wrong. This is really just a poorly-written version of his adult books, with a weaker plot. It’s not a deep, brain-snatching book. The only age
Jezer Villamor
Nov 11, 2015 Jezer Villamor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "Theodore Boone: The Abduction, by John Grisham" is a phenomenal book with its misleading plot points sprinkled about the book, both confusing the reader and interesting it at the same time. The book is namely about the story of Theodore Boone's best friend April Finnemore (from book 1). What happens to April is that, her mother stumbles upon her room empty and with April no where in sight. After calling the police, they conclude on the high chance of April being abducted. Theo is soon ...more
Jan 28, 2016 JennyLee3 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In contrast to its serious book title and appearance, this book was pretty easy to read and did not require much thinking or reasoning skills to keep track of the events. Yet, I really liked the tightly organized plot line and the profound description and illustration of the characters. Obviously, it was about an abduction of a thirteen-year-old girl April and her friend Theo’s journey to rescue her. The author does not use any specific literary technique but faithfully portrays his story in a v ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it
It is not clear if Grisham is trying out a new genre for the pleasure of it, as he did with a couple of other works, or if this is his new career to attract a younger generation or age group, possibly some of his children or grandchildren - either way, he is as good, as perfect as ever.

Especially for the younger age group and their parents, this is practically a textbook of what might happen, with merely a caution in the scare but an entirely satisfactory resolution of problems on all sides.

Jack Nowyckyj
Jan 04, 2016 Jack Nowyckyj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the only child of two busy and successful attorneys, eighth grader Theo Boone is very intelligent. When not in school or hanging out with his friends, Theo spends his spare time in his parents law office. Theo was always familiar with the law. It came in handy when his best friend April, disappears from her house one night. April's home life is a mess. Her mother has a drug problem, and her father is always on the road with his failing band. While the police track down leads, Theo takes acti ...more
Brooke Vigil
Jul 21, 2013 Brooke Vigil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't think they would find her
Ms. Yingling
Dec 18, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
Theodore's friend April, who comes from a wildly dysfunctional family, disappears from her house in the middle of the night. She's been corresponding with a distant relative who has just escaped from jail, Leeper. When he appears in town, and the police head right to him. He claims to have information, but only if the police cut him a deal for his other crimes. Meanwhile, April's drugged out mother is wild with anguish, and Theodore is not happy with the police investigation, and he's having tro ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Joan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Grisham fans I guess.
I was really disappointed by this. It never felt alive to me, even as alive as the first book. I'm really disappointed in Grisham. I think he figures it is ok to be sloppy in writing kids thrillers/mysteries and it was a quick buck. Shame on him. Somehow it always felt a few steps away from being "real". Usually if a book is at least decent, I can see the book in action in my mind while reading it. This always felt at a distance to me, as if I could only see it through a fogged up glass or somet ...more
Sep 13, 2013 Meghana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: form-1
In Theodore Boone: The Abduction, one of the messages the author is portraying is don’t take word for everything somebody says because it may not always be the truth. Another idea is that one should never give up on their friends and family. No matter what they are going through, you should always be with them. Theodore Boone: The Abduction is about how Theo’s best friend April mysteriously disappears one night. Everyone thinks that a man named Jack Leaper took April because he escaped from jail ...more
Sep 02, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love The Abduction as much as the first Theodore Boone novel. Not that it wasn't well done. It had more of the fast paced, throw the facts out there, parts that a lot of Grisham novels have. I think what bothered me was that somewhere I saw that these books were intended for a very young, pre-teen audience. I have a daughter that will be in that age range very soon, and I felt that this would have been too scary for her.

The focus on the story is the disappearance of Theo's good friend A
Om Manghani
Feb 12, 2016 Om Manghani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grade-8
A nice comfort book. I like the suspense, and I had fun predicting what was coming in terms of the plot.

However, I thought that the ending was somewhat abrupt though. I was expecting this really shocking ending, but it turned out to be very abrupt and not as detailed as I would have liked it to be. It kind of went off on it's own tangent, and did not really follow what had been talked about before.

Nice book, and it was a good comfort read after a few intense deeper books.
Nayna P.
Dec 13, 2012 Nayna P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently finished Theodore Boone, The Abduction by John Grisham. First of all let me say I absolutely loved this book. Its genre would fall into mystery, plus it was an action packed book. I don't think I have any connections to this book, the closest I would probably get would be having to move from California and leaving my best friend. This book is about a boy named Theodore (Theo) who parents are both lawyers. This is the second book in the series, in the first on Theo helps with a case of ...more
Jul 24, 2016 Lea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was a big whooping fail of a book. At first I thought just the writing was bad but the case was rather interesting. Sure, every character's like a cardboard cut out and Theo is an annoying know-it-all with no soul (and only develops some sort of feelings when he thinks the girl he is in love with has died, wow) but an abduction is rather interesting. Well, yes, through it all you have to to deal with Grisham's annoyingly conservative ideas about the world (see, if both parents are bus ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Keeganw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: form-i
The authors message in this book was you may have doubts but if you keep working you will be successful. This story takes place at Theo's house, school, and courtroom. This book is in Theodore Boone's prospective. Theo's best friend April has been kidnapped in the middle of the night. Theo has to figure out who did it and why they did it. The main suspect is April's pen pal Jack Leeper who is a wanted criminal.

This book in my opinion was one of my favorites. This related to me in no way because
May 11, 2016 RebeccaS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. I know it's for a younger audience, but the writing is still up to John Grisham's usually standards and it's nice to read a simpler book by him. Theo is such a likable character and his confidence in himself at such a young age makes me smile. This installment was definitely darker than the first (view spoiler) I enjoy this short series.
Carson Howell
Oct 14, 2015 Carson Howell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 11, 2012 Carrie added it
Carrie Ackerson, for Mysteries

Theodore Boone: the Abduction is the second of John Grisham’s Young Adult novels about an eighth-grade boy who wants to be a lawyer. Most of the Courthouse people know Theo…the Courthouse is his favorite place to be! In this book Theo searches for and finds his female friend (but not girlfriend) April, who had mysteriously vanished from her home during the night. Theo also observes that “world famous” items seldom are, rides his bicycle extensively, and laments that
Robert Kynigos
Nov 01, 2015 Robert Kynigos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. So much suspense even though some dumb guy a.k.a jace ruined it for me. I could not stop reading most nights and I could not put the book down. I recommend this book to people who have time to kill and like suspense stories as I was always on the edge of my seat.
Aug 19, 2014 Tucker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
One of Theo's best friend's is kidnapped and he searches everywhere to find her. I liked this book because it was sometimes intense and a really great mystery. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery's.
Jul 20, 2011 Joann rated it did not like it
Ok--I liked the first Theodore Boone because it didn't talk down to kids--it had interesting info about law, lawyers and how law works. There was a real immigration issue and while the characters were not very fleshed out, they were Hardy Boys/ Nancy Drew like, and this was the first book. I liked the info on trials, it wasn't dumbed down for kids, but it did explain how things work.

BUT this one had no intersting characters, the trial info was not there, and it just was TOO dated, uninteresting
Nov 06, 2015 Madison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a young girl named April goes missing in the middle of the night, no one knows where she could have gone or who took her. The police look every where for April and when they don't find any clues or leads, they get frustrated. When a man named Jack Leeper shows up out of nowhere and says that he took April and he wants fifty thousand dollars for her, the police don't know if they should trust him. When the investigation is going nowhere, Aprils best friend Theo steps in to solve the case. Th ...more
Una Tiers
A YA book read by John Boy Walton.
Tim Chavel
Mar 23, 2014 Tim Chavel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Grisham's children's books. Even though it is written for a teenage audience, I still enjoyed reading it. If I'm not mistaken he has written four books for teenagers. I have read two of the four. As most of his books this is a mystery book. A young boy, Theodore Boone is the main character who gets involved in a series of events. This time he is accused of the crime and in order to get out of trouble he has to solve the mystery. If you enjoy Grisham and would like an easy read, th ...more
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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of
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