Reviewed by Cap’n Evelyn Knifenose
Title: Kid Lawyer (Theodore Boone, Book 1)
Author: John Grisham
Grade Reading Level: Ages 10+
Summary: Theodore Boone is a charming, smart, resourceful 13 year old. His parents are both lawyers, and he is aiming in that direction himself, because he loves everything to do with it. He is expected to be at his parents’ office after school, where he picks up legal nuances, has his own office of sorts, and does his homework. Dinner is always at 7.
He knows his way around the court house, and he knows the people who work there, including the judges.
And on the side he offers sound advice on legal matters to the students who come to him for help. He knows which lawyer would handle their case, and he knows if they need a lawyer. Some of the things he is asked about or knows the answer to are: a girl’s custody when her parents divorce; getting a dog back from the dog pound; how to save a house (and family) from foreclosure through bankruptcy; and who would help with a brother’s possession of a small quantity of drugs.
Why I started this book:
A friend gave it to one of my daughters. I’m sure everyone is familiar with John Grisham’s books for grownups. This is from his series for kids, but it is suitable for adults or tweens or teens.
- I expected that some of his actions might result in someone attacking him, but perhaps because this is a kids’ book that does not happen.
- Meantime there is a murder trial about to being, with the perfect crime. A woman is found strangled, and her husband is on trail. Through interesting circumstances, Theodore knows the truth about what happened, and he has promised to keep it secret for good reasons.
- What should he do when he knows what he knows will change the course of the trial? I liked that he talked to his parents, finally, on the advice of his uncle Ike who has been disbarred. And I like the solution they came up with.
- The book is full of courtroom information, but given in a way that is easy to read and part of the story.
Last Minute Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Perfect score! I’m going to read the others in this series.
Rating: 5 Treasure Chests
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