Kid Konnection: Theodore Boone, Young Lawyer by John Grisham

Theodore Boone, Young Lawyer
by John Grisham
Paperback, 263 pages
Published June 10th 2010 by Hodder Paperbacks (my copy came from Hachette India)
Synopsis:

When it comes to giving advice on divorce issues and impounded pets, 13-year-old Theodore Boone is first choice with his teachers and classmates. Theo knows more about the law than most lawyers.

But he also knows he has no business getting involved in his home town’s first murder trial in years.

That is, until a witness tells Theo he saw things the day of the murder that could bust the case wide open. The only problem is, he’s too scared to talk – Theo is the only person he’ll trust.

With the trial about to be lost for lack of evidence, and a witness who won’t take the stand, suddenly Theo finds himself caught in the middle of his – and the town’s – biggest case ever . . .

My Husband bought me this book from a Book Exhibition. And I was so so happy to buy a John Grisham book finally. All his books are really affordable, and that is what I LOVE. They should publish more and more books here rather than selling imported editions at exorbitant prices; now I can actually give you a list of authors I want 😉

This IS the YA book. It is for the young people and that’s what I like about it. It for you and me, who have no idea about judicial systems, the terms used and the way the system out there works. All of this and more are explained really well by Theo Boone. Theo Boone is a 13-year old boy who knows law better than most Lawyers out there. His dad is a real-estate lawyer who seldom leaves his office and goes to courtrooms, his mother is a divorce lawyer, his uncle Ike is defamed lawyer, who know works on filing tax and such things and he is friends with Judge Gantry, who also is his role model. He is the kid lawyer, who gives free advice to his friends and others on legal issues. From saving a fellow students home, to saving the troublesome dog of a beautiful grader.. he has done it all and more. When a high-profile murder case where in the state accuses the victim to have been murdered by her own husband than by a robber, Theo has no idea that he will be actually in the middle of the drama.

Contrary to the many negative reviews I read, I actually really enjoyed this book. I loved Theo, he is your perfect kid, who listens to your parents and does everything they say. He wants to be a lawyer or a judge some day and loves spending time in the courtrooms rather than in his school. He knows all the lawyers, policemen and everyone in the court. My only qualm was that Theo was just too perfect – but I would love it if Aarya becomes a perfect kid like Theo, which I know is rarity. It really is predictable and I have feeling this is going to be a series. I think Theo will make a great detective/ Lawyer too.

I think this will make a perfect gift for kids in your family, there are no graphic content, it is a perfectly clean, enjoyable read.

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  1. I’ve read only Pelican Brief by him which I loved and possibly book whose name I cannot recall. I too like the fact that this book is YA. My husband like John Grisham so I’ll probably get this for him.

  2. How interesting, Veens! I didn’t know that John Grisham had written a YA book (and now wonder if there are or will be more). This book sounds like a great book for young, aspiring lawyers. Save this book for your adorable little boy! 🙂

  3. I haven’t read Grisham in a long time and this sounds like a good way to get back into his books. I’ve read mixed reviews, but that usually makes me even more interested.

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