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The Accused (Theodore Boone) [Hardcover]

John Grisham
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24 May 2012 Theodore Boone

Theodore Boone is the thirteen year old who knows more about the law than most adult lawyers. He certainly never expected to be the victim of crime himself. But then his bike is vandalised, he's attacked while doing his homework and, worst of all, framed for a robbery.

When stolen computer equipment turns up in Theo's school locker, the police start leaning on him hard. And he is the only suspect. What if he is found guilty? What about his dreams of becoming a lawyer?

In a race against time, aided by his renegade uncle, Ike, Theo must find the real felon and reveal the true motivation behind the crimes of which he stands accused.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (24 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444728881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444728880
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby--writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career--and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza, The Appeal, and The Associate) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 250 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction, and Ford County (November 2009) was his first short story collection.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500--the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

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'Grisham is wise and pragmatic about the world: poor parenting, prescription drug misuse and the violent lives of drifters all feature in this fast-paced tale' (Financial Times on THEODORE BOONE: THE ABDUCTION)


'Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist.'

(The New York Times)

Gripping... I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. I think everyone will be enthralled by Theodore Boone. (Scholastic News)

There's a new kid on the young fiction block, and this one really does have serious powers: Theodore Boone, half-boy, half-lawyer... fans will be pleased to know there will be more of Theo's adventures to come. (Sunday Express)

'If you aspire to turn your children into lawyers who will keep you in your old age, John Grisham's Theodore Boone, his first novel for young people, might be for you'. (Sunday Times)

Contemporary lit for young readers has its icons: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl. Make way for the new kid on the block. (USA Today)

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Innocence is not always the best defence.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 22 Mar 2013
By SallyO
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But not one of his best. I wasn't 'gripped'. Quite good for reading, putting down and then picking up a few days later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theodore Boon The accused 9 Feb 2014
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A great read, no sex, no violence just purely great, enjoyable reading from beginning to end. John Grisham has triumphed again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great book 19 Jan 2013
By Ted
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Have loved reading about Theodore once again. What next? I can't wait for the next episode so that I can see what happens next. It's great to leave the book feeling that you want to read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 10 Jan 2013
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The book is very well written and constantly leaves you guessing. It is great for teenagers and as a light read for adults.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Theodore Boone:The Accused 13 July 2014
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I loved this book as there are good shades of light and dark. The best in the series. This is one of the best teenage series written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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Great Book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to start and hard to åput down
Typical Grisham. Easy to start and hard to åput down
Published 2 days ago by john calvert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read as usual
Published 9 days ago by Daz680
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg : )
Awesome.astounding.incredible. theo going from an accused lawyer to a hero this book has it all,I apasloutly loved it : )
Published 1 month ago by Katie Weekes
5.0 out of 5 stars Theodore Boone - The Accused
I have always enjoyed John Grisham's writing. Theodore Boone is such a great character - Brilliant story telling! Thank you Mr Grisham!
Published 1 month ago by Sarah McGreal
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I have always enjoyed John grisham books as always thrilling have not read this yet as hae to go into hospital and need a good book to keep me occupyed
Published 1 month ago by Daisy
4.0 out of 5 stars The accused
Nice easy and pleasant read.not to heavy,and a good one for the Theodore Boone collection from the master of suspense and plots
Published 2 months ago by MR MALCOLM THORPE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Really interesting story written well. The item arrived really quick in A1 condition which was what I hoped for. All in all a great experience.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
If you think a novel with a child as the lead character isn't for adults - think again. This series of books is great.
Published 3 months ago by Lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Easy ready and the story flows even when you have put the book down for a couple of days. John Grisham at his best.
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Evans
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