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Theodore Boone: 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 investigat...more
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Published 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (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...more
Ms. Yingling
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
Shreya Rao
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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...more
Jake Manu
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...more
Sep 08, 2011 Tracey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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'...more
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...more
Brooke Vigil
Didn't think they would find her
Aug 18, 2011 Joan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Shane Johnson
Have you ever wondered how it would be to have a job as a kid? Theodore Boone sort of has a job as a lawyer as a kid. In the story he helps he great friend April. This book is fictional mystery. It’s also a good book for both boys an girl.
It’s about this girl named April. A lot of people like her. She is shy and usually quiet. One day she goes missing.
I gave this book 2 star because I didn’t like what all went on in the book. Specifically, I I didn’t like how it didn’t tell me a whole lot about...more
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...more
Nayna P.
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
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
Tim Chavel
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
Katie S
In the book, Theodore Boone: The Abduction, by John Grisham, Theodore Boone is a son of two lawyers that own their own law firm in his little home town. Theodore Boone is shocked when his best friend, April Finnemore, goes missing from her bedroom in the middle of the night. No one, not even Theo, who knows April better than anyone, has any idea of what happened to her. The police continue to search for April, but find nothing. The police think April could have been kidnapped by a distant cousin...more
Anne Hawn Smith
I love this series! The main character, Theodore Boone's parents are both lawyers and he wants to be a trial lawyer when he grows up, but he is only 13. He knows everyone in the courthouse and he helps his folks out by filing papers and running errands. He also represents his classmates in Animal Court where you don't have to be a lawyer.

Theo's best friend, April, comes from a totally dysfunctional family. Her father is an aging rocker and her mother a flower child. When April goes missing and a...more
Andrea Ika
Book Review: Theodore Boone: Book 2 The Abduction (2011)

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Theodore Boone: Book 2
The Abduction (2011)
Original Language: English
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Country: United States
Publication Date: June 6, 2011
ISBN: 978-0525425571
Page Count: 256
My rating : 4 stars

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...more
Keiondra W
When Theodore Boones's best friend April disappears in the middle of the night,Theo tries looking for clues and secrets to try to find her.Trusting only his friends and his uncle. Dodging his parents and the police. But when a kidnapper named Leeper shows up in Strattenburg they all think he took her but Theo knows he's lying, he sets off on an adventure to get his best friend back. Will Theo find April? I loved this book! It had mystery,suspense,and crime, and it made me want to read more and m...more
I love Theo Boon character and it't funny, light read with relatively light crime story children can take.
Second book is less amuzeing than Kid Lawyer but as a break from regular read is great.
I actually enjoyed the first book in the Theodore Boone series, but this one just did not do it for me. Grisham's writing in this one, instead of just being unintrusive, was just kind of downright awful. Also, there were a ton of random parts that had NOTHING to do with the main storyline (why exactly did we need an entire chapter in which Theo defends a PARROT (yes...a parrot...the bird) in court?), and the actually solution to the mystery was SUPER anti-climactic.
Vaughn Ohlman
One is surprised to find a John Grisham in the kids section of the library. In my case, as a matter of fact, the young kids section. I, personally, think some of the themes in this series are too old for the book to sit next to 'Mrs. Pigglewiggle' and the like. At one point, after all, our hero seems as if he is about to be asked to go down and identify the decomposed body of his 13 yo female friend. Hardly Bobbsey Twins stuff!

This series seems to suffer from ending difficulties. So far each of...more
Theo Boone seems like a nice, down to earth kid. So why would someone like that want to be a lawyer? The kidnap story is so obvious and the rescue party is about as eventful as going to the grocery store for a bottle of milk. I gave him the benefit of the doubt on his 1st Theo Boone book, but Grisham should should instill some excitement or education or pathos into his story of just forget it.
Mike Moskos
Probably a good book for young adults, but if you're accustomed to Grisham's other books, a little simplistic that takes some liberties with what is likely to happen that I wouldn't expect from Grisham.

Some examples:
--13 year old kids riding bikes around town? Don't think so; mothers fear pedophiles so much it is unlikely even when the kids are controlled via leash (cell phone with GPS tracking)
--For a "small town", there sure are a lot of lawyers and police power (even a helicopter). Even mul...more
AHHHH! I think this is the first book in the history of books for middle schoolers where the kid believes in honesty with his parents. Oh! And he has adults he can ask for help. Did you see that? AdultS--plural! No more of the, "I can't tell my parents because they don't understand," or "I can't tell my parents because they're flakes," or "I can't tell my parents because grown ups never believe me." For real! {side note: there is some deception, but it's for a good reason. End justify the means...more
Another fun read! I'm definitely hooked on the Theodore Boone series. This book was well written and the storyline moved along quickly. I like that it's written for kids, it's more my speed as far as gory details are concerned. I like suspense to a point so this series is perfect for me.
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Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of...more
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