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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
by John Grisham
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 8-12
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 790L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Dutton Children's
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2010
NO. PAGES: 263
GENRE{S}: Mystery/Thriller
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
SERIES: Theodore Boone
SEQUEL: Theodore Boone #2: The Abduction
ISBN: 0525423842
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop


The Story
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer—Book Review

Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone dreams of being a lawyer, or maybe even a judge, someday. He spends his free time at the courthouse and knows all of the clerks, policemen, and judges, and they know him. He even gives legal advice to his friends and schoolmates. The most sensational murder trial to ever hit his small town is just about to start, and Theo hopes to have a front row seat. But suddenly, he finds himself dragged into the middle of the trial -- the killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth that can put him behind bars. How can he make sure that justice is served, without putting himself and his family in grave danger?
The Scoop
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer—Book Review
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This is the first book in a new series for kids by best-selling author John Grisham. Theo is thrust into a no-win situation when an acquaintance confides that his cousin has incriminating evidence against the killer that is about to go free in the murder trial. But the cousin won't come forward because he is an illegal immigrant and fears that he will be deported and unable to support his family. Theo has been sworn to secrecy, and is torn between keeping his word to protect someone in need, and making sure that a criminal is brought to justice. This book may be best-suited for kids on the older end of the publisher's recommended age of 9-12 and younger teens -- it is heavy on description of criminal court procedure that may be difficult for younger readers to follow. The crime in question is a death via compression of the carotid artery. Theo also gives legal advice on a drug charge and a drunk driving arrest. Theo is never in true Grisham-style danger, though there is a menacing "body guard" type character that follows and spies on several people. There is a good age-appropriate lesson about the basic tenets of our judicial system, including the concept of presumed innocence.
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