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Book Review: Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Blockbuster author John Grisham writes for kids

By Alysa Goethe | May 25 , 2010
Courtesy Penguin/Dutton Children's Books
Courtesy Penguin/Dutton Children's Books

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
Author: John Grisham
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Length: 263 pages
Ages: 8 - 12 year olds


International best-selling author John Grisham is bringing his love of the law and writing to a younger audience. His latest book, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, is a legal thriller for kids ages 8-12.

In this gripping story, Theodore "Theo" Boone is a 13-year-old whose dream is to become a trial lawyer. Since his parents are both lawyers, you would expect he knows a lot about the law, which he does. He even has an office in the basement of his parents' law office, where kids from school get his advice.

When the biggest trial in the town's history is set to begin, Theo gets permission to take his class to court to watch the first day. Theo is very excited about the trial. He can't stop thinking about it and watches it every chance he has after school. He also checks the court records online.

Then Julio, a boy Theo tutors, comes to him with information about a possible witness for the trial—a very important witness that can change the verdict. Theo must then decide if he can trust this witness, and if he should bring the information he knows to the judge.

If you want to find out what happens, you will have to read Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. Although it starts out a little slow, the story becomes more exciting as it progresses. I couldn't put the book down.

I enjoyed this book because it was interesting to see how a kid could handle a problem that has to do with the law. I also enjoyed it because it was nice to know that even though you're a kid, people can still trust you, like people trusted Theo.

I also liked that it was serious in most parts, and other times would give information about how our legal system works. I think everyone will be enthralled by Theodore Boone.

Be sure to check out Alysa Goethe's interview with John Grisham, author of Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer!

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