Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Author: John Grisham
Interest Level: grade 6-8
Lexile Level: 790
My recommended age: 12 and up

Theodore Boone knows more about the law than most lawyers do.  He's spent hours in the courthouse watching and learning.  When the biggest trial in the history of his small town starts, Theo can't wait to be part of the action.  Unfortunately, things quickly go sour when Theo learns of a surprise witness with crucial evidence in the case.  He must figure out how to persuade the witness to share what he knows in an unheard of Perry Mason like case.

This is John Grisham's first attempt at young adult writing, and I thought he did a pretty good job of it.  The book moved along fairly well and was entertaining.  Having seen many episodes of Law and Order, I could see all of the holes in the author's methods for getting the surprise witness to testify, and kept rehearsing in my head the questions the lawyers would use to discredit the surprise witness, but I'm pretty sure that the kids it was written for wouldn't think that way.  The book was clean and not offensive, which was good considering some of Grisham's adult writing. 

Overall, this was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone with ambitions of the law in their future (my son has already started it).


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