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La prima indagine di Theodore Boone (Theodore Boone #1)

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Un omicidio perfetto. Un testimone senza volto. Qualcuno conosce la verità... e ha solo 13 anni! Theodore Boone è un tipo con le idee chiare: vuole diventare un avvocato. Per questo fornisce consulenze legali ai suoi compagni di scuola e, quando sospetta che la giustizia stia commettendo un errore, indaga in prima persona. Ma nemmeno nei suoi sogni più ambiziosi avrebbe im ...more
Hardcover, First, 238 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Mondadori (first published 2010)
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Monica Edinger
While there may be kids who will enjoy reading this trial story I expected more from the reviews I'd read. I debated giving this a three because I do think Grisham did a reasonably good job helping kids better understand how trials work. But in the end I felt there wasn't enough action for this sort of book and an awful lot of telling versus showing. Teddy is a likable hero and maybe Grisham will do better by him in future books.

So, on to my problems.

First of all, Grisham needs to do a bit mor
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Monique
This is John Grisham's first foray into the Young Adult (YA) genre, and, true to form, he was able to deliver another engaging legal thriller - this time with a 13-year-old boy as protagonist.

Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer is the story of Theo, only child of lawyer-parents, who himself dreams of becoming one day a trial lawyer, just like his parents. He may only be in middle school, but he knows practically more law than any other seasoned lawyer, and this is demonstrated by several of his peers com
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Tea Jovanović
Zabavno stivo, moze da zabavi i odrasle...
Lana Krumwiede
I was interested to see what John Grisham would do with a kids' book. I like the "legal world" setting--that's something new for kids. I like the dilemma that Grisham creates for his character.
Truly
Cewek, sidang pembunuhan, saksi rahasia!
Belakangan hidup menjadi kian rumit bagi Theo


Pepatah yang menyebutkan buah tak jauh dari pohonnya, sangat cocok untuk sosok Theodore “ Teddy”Boone.

Hidup selama 13 tahun dengan seorang pengacara real estate, Woods Boone, sang ayah serta ibu seorang pengacara perceraian (selalu dari pihak istri), Marcella Boone, membuat Theo menjadi anak yang paling tahu seluk beluk hukum dibandingkan yang lainnya. Plus tambahan seorang paman yang juga pengacara. Teman-tema
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Steph Bowe
I’m not sure what to say about this book except that it reads like a prologue. Nothing huge or earth-shattering really happened. We didn’t really get much of a conclusion. We got a whole lot of info about all of the characters, and a lot of plotlines were established that were not developed. It really is just an introduction to a series.

Something that’s surprising about this is that Theodore is thirteen, which is an odd age for what I believe is meant to be a YA novel (it seems more like the age
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Kim
(Copied from my blog)

Hey, when you were a kid, did you ever feel compelled to seek legal advice? Or play golf?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

So you can imagine my confusion over why international bestselling author of legal thrillers John Grisham‘s new foray into kid lit has so far scored 3.35 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. Half his book, aimed at eight- to twelve-year-olds, is about things like how to avoid foreclosure, which lawyer in town to phone when your brother-in-law is picked up on a DUI, and wh
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P.V. LeForge
I grew up reading juvenile series novels. Tom Swift Jr. was my favorite, although I also enjoyed many others: Rick Brandt, Vicki Barr, Peggy Allen. But the Swift Jr. books were tops: lots of adventure and real science at a time when science was really coming into its own. Then the Harry Potter series came along and turned the young adult novel topsy turvy. It revolutionized reading for young people but also spawned a ton of bad imitations.

So when I heard that the man who had virtually created th
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Michelle
I know it's horrible to not love this book written by an adult author I occasionally enjoy. I expected this book, written by John Grisham, to be a young adult book that had an interesting story, but no sex and violence. Instead I got a book better suited to those written in the fifties and sixties, only with updated technology. It was so much like the Three Investigators, Nancy Drew, and Hardy Boys that I really kept looking to make sure it was written by John Grisham. I'd more fully believe his ...more
Karen Booklover
I have outgrown this... but i dont think i would have liked it when i was a kid either.
Jeannie
So why would such a great writer write something so flawed? Did he not want to go into the YA/kid market but his publisher made him do it? Does he love law so much that he wanted to get kids interested in it without any regard for other YA/kid book elements? I'm thinking the latter, but with basically no action for the first third, a plot with very few interesting twists, basically flat characters, and an unrealistic setting (a public school where classes consist of sixteen well-behaved 8th grad ...more
Andrew Jacobson
Uninspired. That would be the one word I'd use to sum this one up. A courtroom/legal pot boiler in the vein of The Firm or The Client, only targeted to a tween/YA audience... from Grisham, no less. This should have been a home run. But instead we get a lazy, twistless, BORING case, with no real villain or conflict for our young hero, who is frankly not so interesting himself. And its condescending to its young readers to boot, dishing out pedantic passages about the law. I was thoroughly disappo ...more
Joann
I didn't want to like this book, but Grisham's first kid's book worked for me; lots of interesting legal bits, beleivable situations, humor, and a good tale. A few missteps--13 year old boy who isn't into girls, yet, are you kidding? And a 13 year old in 8th grade--wouldn't that be 7th grade? Cliff hanger endings on several secondary stories...felt like more to come for sure.
Stephen Gallup
I wasn't aware that Grisham had also written YA fiction until my 12-year-old picked up this title in the library. She handed it off to me with the warning that it had "not a very satisfactory ending" (spoken in a tone of voice reminiscent of the twerp in Ice Age: The Meltdown.

I found it engaging. I wondered if the murder case would ever have gone to trial in a real court, given the lack of evidence--but I'm no lawyer. The setting is an idealized small town populated by (mostly) good people who k
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Michael
After storming the best-seller charts for adult fiction, John Grisham tries his hand at fiction for young adults. And the results are fairly mixed.

It seems a lot of young adult fiction I read these days paints the protagonist as the lovable loner--whether by choice or because of the society within the halls of school. Theodore Boone is no exception. He's an eighth grader who loves the law and dreams of becoming a lawyer some day. His parents are partners in a successful firm in his town, with hi
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Abdallah Eltoukhy
Have you ever wished you could be a Kid Lawyer? Well Theodore Boone in Kid Lawyer is one; he even sometimes gets to skip school to go to the courthouse to attend trials and stuff. And also his parents are lawyers too. This book is full of intense and also some funny parts so if you like intense and mystery books you should definitely read the Theodore Boone series.
This book is about a boy named Theodore Boone, he is a kid lawyer that is trying to find out who killed Ms. Duffy.
I rated my book
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Warren
Theodore Boone is a "kid lawyer", according to the title of this kid's book by John Grisham. That's a little inaccurate inasmuch as the young Mr. Boone hasn't passed the Bar or anything. His parents are lawyers, though not ones that are overly interesting.

His uncle also used to be a lawyer, but for some reasons that aren't gone into in this first book we only know he isn't one anymore. Probably because he enjoyed murdering interns or something. That's my guess.

Anyway, like most 13 year-old boys
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Beeltri
If not received as a gift, I doubt I'd have picked up this book in the store. I had already tried reading some of John Grisham books but I was immediately taken aback because they were kind of too heavy or dull in my opinion. I'm not an avid crime-book reader, but I really enjoyed this one, Grisham did a good job on showing kids and early adolescents how things in trials work and also another basic stuff such as the double jeopardy, foreclosures, etc.

Even though I certainly enjoyed how Theodore
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Pam
Grisham was scarred for life by the Hardy Boys. He is so not ready for children's literature. I can't believe his editor even read this book.

Theodore Boone wants to be a lawyer. He lives in a small town with an office in his parents law firm taking on "cases" and solving them. Although Grisham does a good job explaining the process of a court trial, he can't make up for the fact that Theodore Boone is an unlikeable, obsequious, and completely unrealistic teenager.

I knew I was in trouble with th
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Suspense Magazine
Intricate details put me directly into the center of the courthouse while reading John Grisham’s “Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer”. As I dove into the book I found myself hanging on every word. While the time passed I was frequently asking myself who-dun-it. Even though I had more things to do than read, I realized I couldn’t put it down.

Theodore Boone was a child raised in a Law Firm, Boone & Boone. He dreamed of being a judge or lawyer, frequently jumping back and forth between them. Once he d
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Joshua
Disappointing... on several levels...

When I first heard Grisham was doing a YA novel, I thought here's a chance to have a riveting crime fiction tale from one of the best in the page-turner business...

Here's what I found:

1. 100 pages to get to any riveting drama... he's lost 98% of my students by then... it does get interesting for about 80-100 pages with a lot of promise but fizzle...

2. Dated characters... Theodore reads like a Encyclopedia Brown impersonation... since when do 13 year olds not
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C. Treece
Love to read mysteries? Want to be on the edge of your seat, screaming for more? Then this is the book for you. Young Theodore Boone is only 13 years old and he is in a pickle between justice and friendship. Pete Duffy is on trial for killing his wife, Myra Duffy, in one of the biggest trials in Strattenburg. There is no evidence, just suspicion, left in the home of the Duffy's in the quiet neighborhood of Waverly Creek. The whole town is at the courthouse and the case is the only thing on TV. T ...more
Shambhawi P.
Sometimes I need to put some defense mechanism in place in order to finish a book. Mostly it is because the book is too damn terrible for my brains to process normally. This was one of them. The delusion I kept feeding myself - Theo Boone is not really a child prodigy. This book, instead, is about a mentally challenged socially awkward adult lawyer whose brain capsized and is now stuck as a thirteen year old who is creating an elaborate fantasy about his adventures. The secondary characters are ...more
☺Trish
Overall, I enjoyed this audio version of John Grisham's YA book Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer read by actor, Richard Thomas (John-Boy!). It was a solid introduction to the character of Theodore Boone and his family & friends (and a primer on "The Law", although a touch pedantic & dry).
The story could have used a bit more tension, some action, and some thrills to make for a little excitement. I thought for sure that Theo was going to find himself in some kind of jeopardy, especially with th
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Brian Regan
Grisham has jumped on the "Best-selling adult author writes YA book" bandwagon, and the result is pretty lame. It is clunky, slow-paced, and at no point did I forget the fact that this was Grisham pretending to be a YA author. Don't waste your time. As a middle school librarian, and fan of (most of) Grisham's other books, I was seriously disappointed.
Mary
After reading this book for a younger audience, I would definitely recommend that Mr. Grisham go back to writing for adults. I don't think a young person would finish the first chapter.
Paula
This is kind of like an Nancy Drew book. It was cute, and a fast, easy read.
Andrea Dorothy
John Grisham should stick to writing for adults. He evidently does not understand the minds of youth.
No class of 13-year old boys would find sitting in court all day thrilling. They would consider it torturously boring. They wouldn't all be "riveted by the opening statements" and "chatting excitedly about the drama they'd just witnessed." They wouldn't ask to come back tomorrow.

The case being followed is one of a middle aged couple's marriage and the husband's unproven murder of his wife, noth
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Jody
13-year-old Theodore Boone considers himself an expert on the law. He comes from a family of lawyers, and loves to spend time at the courthouse. Although only in grade 8, Theo knows he wants to be a lawyer (or a judge) when he grows up, and students at his school come to him for advice on their family’s legal troubles on a regular basis. Theo’s almost always able to help, but when one of his classmates reveals important information on the biggest trial the small town of Strattenburg has seen in ...more
Crystal
All the excitement of an adult John Grisham novel in a middle grade novel, just easier to understand and read.

I really enjoyed Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer. It was a cute, and suspenseful novel. It's not like his adult novels, the twists and turns are pretty evident, but then again I'm a thirty-something, not a middle grader that the book is intended for. I do think kids will like this one and it will keep them reading until the end. I know I enjoyed it. The plot is well done and while the ending
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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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“Ms Finney shared an office on the third floor with several other court reporters. Their software system was called Veritas. Theo had hacked into it before when he had been curious about something that happened in court. It was not a secure system because the information was available in open court. Anyone could walk into the courtroom and watch the trial. Anyone, of course, who was not confined by the rigors of middle school.” 1 likes
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