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John Grisham
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15 Mar 2012 Theodore Boone

Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever.

When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone - who knows April better than anyone - has answers.

As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it's up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April.

Filled with the page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a number one international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone's trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444714546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444714548
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,099 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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'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)

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)

Praise for John Grisham:

'Nobody does legal fiction better'

(Daily Express)

A master of his craft (Guardian)

Another page-turner that will find favour with Grisham fans and everyone who enjoys unravelling a good mystery. (Country News Insert)

A suspenseful page-turner (Sunday Express)

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Following on from the bestselling Theodore Boone, John Grisham delivers high intensity legal drama for a new generation of readers. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great author 24 Feb 2013
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he really is my all time favourite author and keeps your interest going all the time from beginning to end
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't work out why this was so different 27 July 2011
By Neppo
I love John Grisham books so was puzzled when I picked this up and thought something was wrong.
The sentences are short and clipped and there is no flow - what is this? Now of course I come on here to look at the reviews and the penny drops that it's a children's book, written in short sentences for short attention spans. With that in mind I can forgive the simplicity and linear story telling, but I couldn't get over it until I realised. I still think the writing is far too staccato, even for children, and I would credit kids being able to read more than ten words in a sentence - JK Rowling does, I know. Surely the subject matter dictates that it's for 11-12 year-olds at a minimum and therefore need not be quite this guided. Conversation can't flow with so many 'He said', 'She snarled' etc. It's too awkward and I think a step too far unnecessarily. Kids are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for.

I will finish it and pass it onto my 13 year old daughter, but doubt I'll buy another for myself.

It's good to know that JG is doing something for the kids. I just wished that I had understood that from the start - but that's my mistake, no-one else's. I was going to give it 3 stars, but now I realise, I'll give it 4.

Hmmm...crime/courtroom drama for children. That's a new one, certainly. I hope they do well and I'd love it if children really did pick up on them. Here's hoping.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Unadulterated Rubbish 2 Oct 2012
The young adult market is quite a competitive field and there are many good books on offer. This is not one of them. It is unclear to me why John Grisham, who has a large number of excellent, well plotted books to his name and an excellent reputation should have elected to start churning out this sort of tripe. I can see that he might have wanted to chance his hand with something a bit different to the normal legal offering and indeed books like Playing for Pizza have been an interesting diversion.

Personally I read through this in about an hour and a half, and once I had got started and realised how superficial it was. It was only the Grisham name which kept me going. I kept thinking that it could not be this bad, something has to get better here. However, as another reviewer has said, Enid Blyton could have done better and her Famous Five series are head and shoulders above this stuff.

I remain perplexed as to why Grisham would have put his name to this. Perhaps it was the appeal of being able to churn out a book in a couple of weeks as I cannot believe it took any longer than that to write.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Quick Read 7 July 2011
By Tom
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the first Theodore Boone book and hoped the second would be just as good, but also more in depth and longer. Granted it was longer but I still think it could have been a bit longer with a few twists and more detail etc. I understand it is intended for young readers and I appreciate that but I think a little more detail wouldn't have gone a miss. Great Book though!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story and easy to read. 29 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was interesting all the way through. Characters maintained the readers interest and enjoyment. Will read more of his books as I have passed the others I have bought to friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new work. 24 Mar 2013
By Martin
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The second book of this series is another example of John Grishams great story telling. A good read for younger readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle story 12 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the first Theodore Boone story. He is an interesting character. This is another good read from John Grisham.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read..! 22 Feb 2013
By Nickers
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another of Grishams books that didn't fail to Please me..... Another of his books you just put down.. Good read..
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Published 7 days ago by Virginia Lynes-lumsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good seller great value
Published 9 days ago by martin mummery
4.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner from John Grisham
Theodore Boone has done it again.
Kept me avidly reading page after page until the story unfolds in a totally credible way.
Published 2 months ago by John Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
I didn't know what to expect from this book as it had been some time since I have read a book by this author. I really enjoyed it and will try. some others.
Published 3 months ago by Cas
3.0 out of 5 stars book
was a bit dis appointed with this book John grishom is one of my favourite authors yet i felt this book dint come up to his normal standard
Published 3 months ago by MRS E DUGGAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Another book for teenagers only.
Amother book that is being sold as one suitable for adults , when it should be in a section for children or teenagers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John F Helm
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great read, can't wait till the next 1comes out....... Kept on the edge of my seat waiting on the next piece of the puzzle
Published 3 months ago by Rosiecheeks
1.0 out of 5 stars John Grisham newer books are no longer awaited.
Sorry but the last John Grisham books seem to be getting poorer and poorer.
These Theodore Boone books should be written for children. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mac
3.0 out of 5 stars Present
Purchased this item for my father as he enjoys this type of novel. He has never read a book by "John Grisham" and he has said he really enjoyed it
Published 4 months ago by Ian Gallagher
3.0 out of 5 stars boy lawyer
as always mr Grisham as delivered a good story , a nice twist having the lead character as a young boy ,i enjoyed it.
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