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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (Theodore Boone #1)

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A perfect murder
A faceless witness
A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old
Meet Theodore Boone
In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great t
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Listening Library (Audio) (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
Tea Jovanović
Mar 19, 2013 Tea Jovanović rated it really liked it
Zabavno stivo, moze da zabavi i odrasle...
Jul 03, 2011 Monique rated it really liked it
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
Jun 30, 2010 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: penguin-review
(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
Jan 07, 2016 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, sometimes I write reviews explaining why things haven’t worked for me in particular books. Often I find myself citing implausibility as a major reason, sometimes lack of resolution and not enough strings being pulled together at the end. (Sometimes it’s too many strings being tied up and leaving a feeling of the ending being contrived.)

In this book, it really was fairly unbelievable that a 13 year old would be looking into other students’ legal troubles, jumping onto city websites to c
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.
Steph Bowe
Apr 30, 2014 Steph Bowe rated it liked it
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
Jul 09, 2011 Michelle rated it did not like it
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
P.V. LeForge
Oct 21, 2012 P.V. LeForge rated it liked it
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
Rebecca McNutt
Theo Boone hasn't been to law school, in fact, he hasn't even graduated high school yet, but he's a genius when it comes to courtroom cases. He finally has the chance to prove himself soon enough, but how can he keep from getting caught up as a victim? This book was really different, and despite it being for middle-grade to young adult readers, it still has a compelling mystery in its pages that anyone can read.
Brian Regan
Jun 15, 2010 Brian Regan rated it did not like it
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.
Shambhawi P.
Mar 16, 2014 Shambhawi P. rated it did not like it
Recommended to Shambhawi by: My University syllabus
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
Sep 28, 2010 Truly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephen Gallup
Jun 19, 2012 Stephen Gallup rated it liked it
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
May 31, 2010 Joshua rated it did not like it
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
Feb 23, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I read this on a lark - Not my usual reading but I think Grisham has turned into a really fine writer (I did not like his earlier books).

This book was great.
Fully formed characters that learn, grow and develop relationships.
Tight plot that kept me riveted and left no threads hanging.
Pacing was top notch - it slowly built over the course of the book until the end when things were moving at a pretty good clip.

I listened to the Audio book and the narrator was Richard Thomas (one of my favorites) wh
Feb 25, 2016 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book seems to have such extreme reactions in people, with some loving it and some absolutely hating it. I'd say that it's important to not let either opinion put you off reading this novel and to just try it for yourself as you never know.

This is the first time I have ever read anything by John Grisham and it definitely won't be the last. I certainly plan to pickup the next book in this series, which is a YA crime and mystery series. Some people have issues with this book because it doesn't
Jun 04, 2010 Jeannie rated it liked it
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
Jun 20, 2010 Pam rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s, fiction
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
Mike French
Dec 02, 2015 Mike French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book of the series,which was entertaining and enjoyable to even an old fart like me! Written for YA readers and the young at heart. John Grisham shows why he is one of the authors in America.
Andrew Jacobson
Jul 04, 2010 Andrew Jacobson rated it it was ok
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
Tess Roman
Apr 18, 2016 Tess Roman rated it it was amazing
Theses books are awesome
Jun 05, 2010 Joann rated it liked it
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.
Apr 18, 2011 Mary rated it did not like it
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.
May 12, 2015 Annet rated it liked it
It's been a long time since I read a Grisham. This is a Young Adult story from Grisham, reading it I recognize Grisham's easy and smooth storytelling writing skills in the legal arena. Made me think of The Client too, with a young lad as the leading player in the story, loved The Client. Picked it up at the airport, thinking, ok, this might be a relaxing read in between all the heavy stuff ;-) Quite an enjoyable easy read, about Theo, son of the Boone's, both lawyers. Theo gets mixed up in a big ...more
Archie Gothard
Apr 13, 2016 Archie Gothard rated it really liked it
The reason why I decided to read 'Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer' By John Grisham was because I like to read books with a bit of crime and mystery involved. This book gave me an insight to what it is like to know the law at such a young age and how Theo wants to live up to his dream from a young age, this is something I admire, I've had a dream since I was a young and what's better than learning or getting to know your dream better.

'It was no surprise, at least to Theo, that his father did not agree
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
Jul 02, 2010 Jody rated it liked it
Shelves: gave-away
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
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
Jun 06, 2013 P.W. rated it really liked it
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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“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
“I’ve moved you down to the floor. Things have cleared out a bit. Again, thanks for taking such an interest in our judicial system. It’s very important to good government.” With that, Judge Gantry was finished. The students thanked him. He and Mr. Mount shook hands again.” 0 likes
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