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Theodore Boone: Young Lawyer [Hardcover]

John Grisham
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3 Jun 2010 Theodore Boone

Half the man, twice the lawyer

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 he 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 number one international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone will keep readers guessing and pages turning.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Children's ed edition (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444713043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444713046
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,198 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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'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)

For any young readers tired of wizards, vampires and Greek gods, there's now 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)

Nobody does legal fiction better (Daily Express)

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)

a master of his craft (Guardian)

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Bestselling author John Grisham delivers high intensity legal drama for a new generation of readers.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a great book! 9 Oct 2010
A Kid's Review
I am 10 years old and I thought this book was great. I liked the plot and the basic storyline-it is definetely aimed at a younger audience. It gives you a realistic mental image of the courtroom and all that happens in it. I would recommend this book to anyone aged between 9 and 16 years old.

Bethany-aged 10.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I loved it, personally. 7 Jun 2010
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Reviewers so far seem to have been disappointed. I always await Grisham's with joy, and read them as soon as I get hold of them. This was no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the different style. Perhaps I should point out that I enjoy literature for younger people, which perhaps explains why I loved it and others here didn't... But then I wouldn't say it was only for the younger audience anyway. I thought it was nicely written, there seem to be things that haven't really been rounded off, but then, I read somewhere that this might be the start of a series ... which would make rounding everything off pointless. I certainly wouldn't level the same criticisms at it as others reviewing here.
Anyway, a quick read, I enjoyed it immensely, and look forward to the next book (whether or not it's a follow-up to this one!)
**Perhaps I should add, the back cover of the book says something along the lines of 'Grisham for a new generation of readers', which maybe explains the intended-audience shift... **
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, quick read 21 Jun 2010
I didn't realise before buying the book that it was targeted at a younger audience. I have read everything John Grisham has written and I really enjoyed this lovely story. A fabulous introduction for the next generation of readers. A great storyline which was easy to follow - I read it in a day. Grisham is at his best when he's writing about the courtroom and I found the up-to-date nature of this book a pleasure. I would definitely recommend it to readers of all ages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Promising Start to a Series 2 Jan 2012
Firstly, this book is written for younger readers. It is not written for adults. That being said, there is no reason why adults should not read and enjoy it. Kathy Reichs and Harlan Coben are also, similarly, creating series aimed at younger readers.

Theodore Boone is the thirteen year old son of two lawyers. He spends much of his time in the courthouse and around lawyers. He is old for his years and very well versed in the law.

Without giving away too much of the plot, Theodore winds up involved in a trial. He is trying to keep promises and do what is right. Also, he attends school and helps out his fellow classmates with their everyday, adolescent problems - but by giving them legal advice.

The book does not have a twist or a surprise, rather, it is a straightforward, realistic tale that will help kids understand the law. It is extremely well written - simple yet sophisticated. Readers, providing they give it a chance, will find themselves drawn into the world of this intelligent young protagonist. He knows the difference between right and wrong. He tries to help others. He gets frustrated that grown-ups are in control of his life. Aside from his extraordinary preoccupation with the law, he is an ordinary teenage boy facing ordinary teenage problems but looking at them from a different perspective.

The only slight problem with the main character is that he is a little more like the teenager parents wish they were raising rather than the one they actually are. He borders a bit upon the too-good-to-be-true. This may make him, for now, a little difficult for others to identify with. But, characters leading ordinary lives and having ordinary hgoughts and ordinary problems would not be very interesting to read about.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice bit of light reading 24 Jun 2010
Like many others I didnt realise I was ordering what is probably best classed as teenage fiction. However as soon as I saw the print size and read chapter one I realised and as such that set my expectation that this would not be like other Grisham books. I have to say I thought it was a fairly good book - not the most realistic plot but a nice bit of light hearted reading for an afternoon and a bit of escapism. If this were to be one of a series I would probably get the next one. Probably a nice intro to this sort of genre for younger readers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three cheers for Teddy... and for Grisham 3 Dec 2010
What a great way in to Grisham for young people!
From reading the previous reviews, in particular those that say they didn't like it and gave it a low rating, I suspect (as is often the case) what someone says tells you more about them, than what they were talking about, more about the reader than the read. I'm well aware that in saying that, I point three fingers back at myself.
Read the book for yourself, make up your own mind, yes, remember that Grisham has tailored it for young readers... which doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed by older folk... like me! Don't be put off by those who failed to realise that, and as a result wrote with a slightly jaundiced view, and especially ignore any review that reviews the seller rather than the book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A legal thriller with universal appeal! 11 Jun 2010
When you hear that a huge name in adult fiction is branching out into the YA market, you can't help but be curious. Add to that the fact that John Grisham has invented a whole new genre -The Young Adult Legal Thriller - and well, I jumped at the chance to review this and I'm really glad I did. Theodore Boone: Young Lawyer has such a broad appeal. Anyone from ten to ninety-two would enjoy this book. Theo is thirteen and he is a rather peculiar teen. He spends his spare time at the court house and he watches trial after trial. His parents are both lawyers. His mum Marcella Boone is a divorce lawyer. His dad Woods Boone is a real estate lawyer. Theo is passionate about the law and justice. He cannot decide if he wants to be a criminal laywer or a judge. We enter Theo's life at a very exciting time. The biggest trial ever to come to the city of Strattenberg is about to begin. A man - Pete Duffy - is accused by the prosceution of murdering his wife. Theo is desperate to watch every second of the trial but like most thirteen year olds he has to go to school. Luckily for Theo, his Government teacher is an ex-lawyer so his class do get to watch the opening statements.

On the surface it is hard to work out how a teen protagonist could be a lawyer but Grisham really makes it work. Many of Theo's fellow pupils come to him for help. He has his own little office at the back of his parents' law firm and that in itself made this book a joy to read. I can see that it will have an immense appeal to kids who feel powerless in an adult dominated world. Theo uses his parents' access codes to get into all sorts of important websites. It is very cool and although it doesn't sound believeable, it is written in such a way that you really don't care.
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Item as described.
Published 1 day ago by Janie
3.0 out of 5 stars a good children's book?
Well done if intended as a children's book. A good introduction toi US legal system.
Published 29 days ago by Doreen Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not really my sort of Grisham
Published 1 month ago by Wookey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm happy customer
Published 1 month ago by Virginia Lynes-lumsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good seller great value
Published 1 month ago by martin mummery
5.0 out of 5 stars Must get if you want to be a lawyer
Great book it makes me want ro be a lawyer myself anyway great book one of my best buys and I enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Simon of yogscast
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
But not one of his best for use in little old England. Great how he builds a detective from one as young as Theodore
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good little book
Nice little book and good for a little breather between books in a trilogy or something. I would recommend to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by MR M A MARSH
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for young teens
This book was on this year's World Book Night reading list and I'll be honest I haven't re-read it as I'd originally read it when it was first released but decided to do a quick... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookboodle
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg
Another fantastic read from John Grisham. A fantastic crime book starring Theodore Boon , can't wait for the next one !
Published 2 months ago by Katie Weekes
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