Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

by John Grisham


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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 trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142417225
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Series: Theodore Boone Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 15,095
Product dimensions: 4.86(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of 21 novels, one work of non-fiction, and one collection of stories. His works are translated into 52 languages. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.


Oxford, Mississippi, and Albemarle County, Virginia

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1955

Place of Birth:

Jonesboro, Arkansas


B.S., Mississippi State, 1977; J.D., University of Mississippi, 1981

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"Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist." -The New York Times

"Classic Grisham." -The Los Angeles Times

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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 310 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book it was realy captivating i read it non stop i recomend the sisters grimm, a wrinkle in time, and the boxcar children. Sincerly, The big bad wolf A.K.A J.D.G
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Pete Duffley is accused of murdering his wife only one person can get the evidence to convict him. Theodore Boone, son of two lawyers, and a very good advisor himself. Finds the evidence to covict Mr. Duffley. This book hold many twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages, as fast as Theo collects the evidence. I am a avid mystery reader and movie watcher, and when it comes to a good book... the novel Grisham has constructed barely trails Sir Aurthur Connan Dolye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book can't wait to finish the entire series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In searching for something appropriate for young teenage grandson, was very happy to discover John Grisham is now writing for that age group. Hope that he continues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, John Grisham is known to make more adult books. But this book has proven that he can write tween books. I love this book so much and this is a real "under the covers" read! Recomened!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could have been a great book had the author fiished the story. I almost felt he got bored writing it and sent it to the publisher with out an ending. Then it seems that the publisher knowing what a great writter Grisham usually is chose not to question him and sent the book to print. Were they all thinking, well it has the Grisham name people will buy it with out reading reviews... I wish I had done so before spending the money on it. I usually love Grisham and read his books in less than a day. I had to force myself to get through this one and it took 4 days...that is unheard of for me especially considering the book is only146 pgs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING!!!!!John Grisham i an amazing author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It will leave you on the edge of you seat till the end . Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Its a bit boring in the very beginning but after that, this book is exceptional! Loved it and I hope you will love it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was truly amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I needed a book that was like the firm but not as adultish. What i got was this. The beginning throuh middle was one of the best subjects I've ever read. But then near the end i found myself rushed. It was almost like Mr. John got borred writing the book and decided to stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really good except for the ending it was kinda slow overall great book i hopethere are more comin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved,loved,loved this book. John Grisham wrote this novel as a very detailed amazing mystery. (John Grisham) Theodore taught and informed me so much about the law.
Anonymous 4 months ago
this sorta reminds me if the Nancy Drew books I read more of a YA books to read
yearningtoread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Theodore Boone is one smart kid. With both parents as lawyers, he knows more about the law and what goes on in a courtroom than a lot of lawyers. Certainly more than your average pre-teen. He knows all the judges, what they do, and who works under them. He knows how each trial should go. He gives advice to his eight grade (and under) friends who have legal and financial family issues. He¿s a good kid, wanting to help his community through law, and is trying to decide whether or not he wants to be a lawyer or a judge. In Theo¿s small town in New York, the usual cases aren¿t much of an excitement. But now there has been a murder, and Theo, an eighth grader with a sharp mind and a love for law, is the only one who knows the truth ¿ and he doesn¿t knw what to do with it. I have to say: as much as I was looking forward to reading this book, I wasn¿t that impressed. The description makes it sound intense, but it really isn¿t. This involves maybe half the book. The rest is preparing the audience (aimed for the younger bunch) for what lies in store¿such as where each person in court sits and what they do; or it is a collection of smaller cases that Theo works on with his friends who need his help¿such as a boy whose family is about to lose their house, or a girl whose parents are about to get a divorce. And while learning about all these different areas of law is interesting, it¿s NOT what the description is promising. Which is very disappointing. I think this is a great book if you want to learn about law and the different areas and how exactly things go on in a court room, with no surprise witnesses and whatnot (like you see on TV). But if you¿re looking for a fast-paced novel with twists and suspense, this is not the book for you. It only really starts to get interesting in the end; but still, I don¿t think I want to read the next one. Too much of the first one was iffy, and I don¿t want to waste my time. A couple of good things about the book¿ I felt like it had a lot of character. Theo¿s life is very ¿perfect¿ in a sense. His parents are both very organized. Theo has a schedule he has to keep to ¿ and wants to keep to. The Boone¿s lives are straight-forward, getting things done. It helped the story a lot. The way Grisham describes each and every lawyer, secretary, suspect, witness and judge is bright and gives life to the book. Because of this, I think I would enjoy one of Grisham¿s older novels. Still, overall, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer was a disappointment for someone who was expecting the fast-paced story the description makes it sound like.
burnit99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Theo Boone, 13, child of two lawyers, dreams of being a great lawyer someday. He haunts the courts, knows the judges, police and court employees of his small town, and uses his legal insight to help friends when they need legal advice. He is inadvertently dragged into the most sensational murder trial to hit town in years when he discovers that the investigation has taken a wrong turn, and the actual killer may go free. This is an intriguing and well-paced book, aimed at younger readers but a good read for adults too. The ending did not quite wrap things up, and I would hope this portends at least one more book to come.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not quite sure which readers will take to this book. It's a nice story about a murder trial. Theo Boone, an 8th grader, learns some relevant information about the murder while the trial is taking place. A rather good explanation of how trials work. My hesitation is that Theo is a perfect type of kid (in adults' eyes) -- good student, polite to others, conscientious, and really, really interested and informed about the law. He knows all of the judges and lawyers in his town and follows trials very closely. He's not the type of character that current readers connect with, but Grisham has been very successful with his adult books and perhaps knows something I don't about what kids want. A nice read.
koenigp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great read! Theodore Boone is an 8th grade student who is growing up in a family of lawyers. He wants to be one when he grows up, now all the kids in his school ask his advice. He becomes the center of a muder trial.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John GrishamThirteen year old Theodore Boone is surrounded by lawyers. Both of his parents are lawyers. His Uncle Ike, is a former lawyer. He knows almost all the lawyers at the courthouse where he spends as much time as he can. It¿s no wonder Theo considers himself a lawyer or at least a lawyer in training. Theo spends his days doing all his homework, visiting Uncle Ike once a week, getting dogs released from animal court and offer advice to both kids and adults. Soon Theo finds himself caught up in a high profile murder trial. Theo knows a secret, one that could impact the outcome of the trial. The only problem is that he¿s sworn to secrecy. What¿s a kid lawyer to do?John Grisham is an excellent storyteller, but he misses the mark on this one. While Grisham does an excellent job of explaining the legal system in young adult terms, the story lacks the intense pace and excitement needed to engage teens. Theo is a character with a lot of potential but unfortunately comes across rather flat and at times seems too good to be true. Grisham seems out of touch with real kids. Hardly any of the teens have cell phones. Just take a walk down any real middle school hallway and you¿ll see that¿s not the case with real teens. Early in the book Theo states that he doesn¿t know a "single thirteen-year-old boy who admitted to having a girlfriend. Just the opposite. They wanted nothing to do with them. And the girls felt the same way. Theo had been warned that things would change, and dramatically, but that seemed unlikely." (7). That does not mesh with what I have experienced as an elementary and teen services librarian. And finally, the ending was very disappointing. In fact it didn¿t seem like an ending at all. I¿ve read reviews that indicate this is the beginning of a series. Perhaps the ending was supposed to be a cliffhanger, but it fell short. Possibly all will be revealed in the next installment (provided there is one). Readers who picked up this book expecting Grisham¿s usual stellar work will be disappointed. If it is a series, they may not return to see if it improves.
MsLangdon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part D PopularGrisham, J. (2010). Theodore Boone: kid lawyer. New York: Dutton Children¿s Books.At only thirteen years old, Theodore Boone is giving legal advice. He comes from a family of lawyers and already knows that he wants to be a lawyer, or maybe a judge. Theo finds himself in the middle of the biggest murder trial the small city of Strattenburg has ever seen. The defendant is up for murder and the prosecution has a weak case against him. But Theo knows about some evidence and an unidentified witness that could turn the trial around. Grisham¿s Theodore Boone is a young character with positive qualities, looking for justice. He is honest, caring, and promotes academics. The suspenseful story keeps the reader intrigued and wanting to know more about what will happen with Theo and the murder trial. With the exception of April, Theo¿s best friend, each of the characters is well developed. On the other hand, April is introduced in the first chapter and then does not play a significant role in the story. When she is mentioned it seems as though she is an afterthought. Ages 9-12.
wiccked on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this. Very light, and easy to read.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
13 year old Theodore Boone is the only son of two lawyers; a real estate lawyer and a divorce lawyer. As a result of his parentage, Theodore is very into courtrooms and the legal process. When a big murder trial happens in his small city, Theodore is naturally quite interested, even before he becomes personally involved. Unexpectedly, he soon knows much more about the case than he wants to know, and he is really stuck with what he knows and all the people he can't tell, but should. This was an okay read; I enjoyed the legal aspects of the book, but really felt like Grisham had no idea how a thirteen year old boy actually worked, especially when he said they had no interest in girls and made Theodore run the class. Clearly, he hasn't been around many thirteen year old boys lately since they wouldn't behave the way he suggested. I also felt that the way so much of the book wasn't really concluded, it seemed like he was intentionally leaving open the possibility of a sequel, in an awkwardly executed fashion. Other than those two criticisms, the book is an enjoyable read.
starspangle95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My mom and grandma are both fans of the John Grisham books, so I decided to try this out. It's a good story, and for most of the book, I couldn't put it down. However, the whole point of the book seems to shift and the ending leaves you hanging. There are a lot of unanswered questions and the book just doesn't end well.