Staff Review - Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

Thursday Dec 06 2012
by Whodunit

Reviewed by Alex Peters

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham, reviewed by Whodunit Intern Alex Peters

Theodore Boone is an ambitious 13-year-old who has a peculiar passion for legal matters. He acquired this interest through his parents, who are both respected lawyers. I’d consider this a classic John Grisham novel that has been slightly tempered so it appeals to a younger crowd.

The story takes place in a small town where something big has just happened. The murder of a young woman, where the only accused is the husband, who is on the verge of being acquitted. Theodore unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a witness who could potentially solve the case, but is reluctant to take the stand.

The book is perfect for any 9 to 12 year old because of the action, well-written characters and the fact that it is highly engaging. 

This is the kind of book that can jumpstart a young reader into a state of mind where they can aspire to becoming more and know that it’s okay to dream big. Theodore is faced with massive responsibility and yet he manages to keep his cool.

(Alex Peters is Whodunit's first Intern. She's a grade nine student at Garden City. She'll be reviewing kids and young adult books for us during her term at Whodunit.)

The author takes you places that you wouldn’t expect and keeps you on the edge, as any good mystery should.

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