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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
John Grisham
Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2010
Source: Library
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

I’m doubling up on reviews until the end of the year because I MUST meet my reading goal!

I began reading Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer for a book club that we have at the library with fifth graders. They are about 75% done with it and are LOVING the book, but I had to finish early because I needed to know what happened! Overall, I felt like the story was building up to something big, and then... nothing. It just ENDED. I wish that there had been an epilogue to explain what happened with the case, because there was a lot of unanswered questions at the end. I wondered if those answers would follow in the next book, even if it was about a different case. I might have to read more in the series to find out! Another problem that I had with the book was that so many people had legal troubles, and so many people went to Theo for help with them. The same thing happened to Nancy Drew and other teen detectives, but I think that they were a bit older than 13. The fifth graders, however, thought that was completely realistic because it is easier for them to talk to other kids than adults. In spite of my problems with the book, I did enjoy reading it far more than I thought I would. I am especially glad that the fifth graders enjoyed it!