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(Theodore Boone #1)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  29,096 ratings  ·  3,356 reviews
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
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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
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Pang
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Legal fiction.. wanna try?
4.7 stars. Omg, Theodore is rock! at first, I haven't think I gonna enjoy this since the writing style kinda too much 'tell, not show' for my taste. But when it reach to the Court scene and OMG I cannot stop! all the legal cases that came to our main lead 'Theo' are interesting and exciting. and oh this Theo boy is so smart, his parents are lawyers so Theo know the Laws very well, even the court, the judge, and blah blah blah... He help his friends for being law adviser and... he has to face a b ...more
Kim
Jun 28, 2010 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
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Monique
Mar 06, 2011 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
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Natalie Vellacott
Grisham for teens!

Theodore Boone is thirteen. His parents are both lawyers so he spends a lot of time hanging around the court rooms and is known by all the legal staff. His school friends begin asking him for legal advice and having access to supposedly secure legal files, he carefully dispenses it. Fascinated by big trials, he can't wait for the latest one to begin. What will happen, though, when one of his clients seeks his advice about a matter that could derail the entire proceedings? Will
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Kathryn
Jan 22, 2014 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
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Brian Regan
Jun 15, 2010 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.
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
Jun 06, 2010 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
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Matt
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A cute book that puts all James Patterson teen series (es?) to shame. Grisham deals with the intricacies of the law in such a way that a 12-15 year old not yet ready for THE FIRM or THE CHAMBER can understand. The story was quite good and the language did not leave me wishing I had bubble gum to chew like cud.



Theo Boone loves the law and goes with his class to watch the opening day of the town's most recent (and rare) murder trial. He gets hooked and becomes involved in the trial, indirectly, w
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Jim
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grisham did a great job on a YA novel. Theodore isn't the average kid, but he's not all that far out save for his fascination with being a lawyer or a judge. He loves the legal system & is known at school for helping everyone out with good advice while keeping his mouth shut.

Of course he's thrilled when the biggest murder trial in recent history takes place & he even gets dragged into it in a very convincing way. A very good legal & ethical question stumps him & eventually the a
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*eKa*
I always like John Grisham's books and this one's not an exception. Theo's knowledge about law really amazed me. Well, no wonder, because his parents are both lawyer. But still, for a thirteen years old boy, that's kinda awesome. He knows what he wants to be, which is not my prerogative when I was his age, lol. It was still so dark in my world.

This is my second time reading this book, by the way, but I still enjoyed it. And even though the case is pretty light to me, it's still a great read. I
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Michelle
Jul 09, 2011 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
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.
Noriko
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Grisham writes juvenile books. I remember being quite surprised when I first heard about it an year ago.

First and foremost, I must admit that I had been underestimating this book. It’s a John Grisham book, yes, but still there was a part of me thinking it could be lacking in delivery and juvenile.

In a way, it IS juvenile. The writing, the diction is easy to understand and certainly reads fast. All the legal words are well-explained in an easily digestive manner helping readers to process t
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Kirsty
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MYz0...

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. Som
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Keith (CHINNY) Chinn
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meh!
It was alright BUT!!
It was kinda old-fashioned style of writing. No where near as good as the Alex Rider or Jason Steed series. Okay Theo is not a spy he is a kid lawyer with a faithful dog and a uncle with a past that has not come out of why he has been banned from being a lawyer properly. Simple storyline, zero emotion but I read it on the train from London to Scotland and it helped past the time.
I might read more of the series, not sure really as it had no action.
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Another of my “theme”-related reads this month. I haven’t read Grisham in a long time so it was nice to pick this one up, and while in his usual genre of legal/law-related books, this one is also different since it is YA. The eponymous Theodore Boone is a thirteen-year-old eighth grader, with a great academic record, not much into sports for health reasons, and he is also a lawyer! Well not quite, but still enough of one to be able to give out legal advice to his friends and classmates and handl ...more
Bev Taylor
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
half the man, twice the lawyer .....

a perfect murder. a faceless witness. one person knows the whole truth - and he is only 13 years old

welcome to the world of theo boone, the only son of 2 lawyers who spends more time in the courts and lawyers' rooms than he does at school

a murder trial is just beginning, the first for a long time in the time, and everyone is agog, not least theo. but half way thru he discovers that there is a witness who can prove the man guilty, if only he can be persuaded
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P.V. LeForge
Oct 11, 2012 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
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Stephen Gallup
Jun 19, 2012 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
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Josh Newhouse
May 30, 2010 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
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Fonch
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed really much reading the walking of the applicant kid lawyer. I must recognize one thing, and it is that John Grisham, (whom i discover thanks to m father) write rather well, and he told fascinaiting stories about trials. In this case he manages to give to his main character the gift that the reader gets on with this character. Theodore Boone reminds me to the Cornell Woolrich`s characters (Cornell Woolrich is in my opinion one of the best writers of Psychology detection novel) htt ...more
Patrick
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, the title is a little misleading, wonderkid Theodore Boone is not a licensed lawyer. Both of his parents are however legit and successful attorneys-at-law. TB loves the law and will one day be a damn good lawyer, he is 13 years old and an eighth grade student in this series. He knows all the judges in town as well as many of the lawyers. Everyone in town knows TB and he is respected and well liked by most everyone around. In particular Judge Gantry who allows Theo access to his courtroom a ...more
Ankit Saxena
Stunning, Fabulous, Awesome..

This is the first novel of its kind that I read ever. I had never read the John Grisham before but I really become his fan after reading this. The thought was too good of explaining about the protagonist.
How you project a 13 year boy to be a Hero?, one should learn by reading this novel.

Theo is too good, Judge Gantry is good and in the same way every single character is well thought and put in the book at its required and necessary place.

Only one thing I miss was tha
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Josh Girard
This book was a decent book. The idea of the book was something that I liked.
Shambhawi P.
Mar 14, 2014 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
Archie Gothard
Mar 13, 2016 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
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Jeannie
Jun 04, 2010 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
Pam
Jun 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, children-s
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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