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  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Unabridged edition (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444728911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444728910
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.4 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,157 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)

Praise for THEODORE BOONE:

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SallyO on 22 Mar. 2013
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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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The third adventure for Theodore Boone surprised me by being much better than the first two. Boone, a rather goody-two-shoes middle class American child, son of two lawyers, finds himself the number-one suspect in a burglary.

The plot is really strong - more so than some of Grisham's books for adults even. Although the slightly pompous and unappealing life situation of the character is still there, it's lessened compared to the previous books, and feels less like a lecture on how children should behave.

There's action and mystery on top of the legal focus, which makes this much more entertaining than its predecessors. I hope Grisham keeps it up for the series going onward.
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By Justhavingfun on 27 Jun. 2013
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I have really enjoyed reading the Theodore Boone series and this was another great book in the series. Boone is accused of a crime for the first time and being targeted by someone and what follows is his investigations along with his uncle Ike to prove his innocence. The plot is fast moving and exciting and Ike certainly provides humour. One thing that maybe this book does miss is that there are not any twists in the plot so nothing towards the end to make this any different. As a teen crime book this does not have the crimes that you are used to with adult books but for me this is still just as enjoyable. A great read for any Grisham or Boone fan.
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By Pauly on 24 July 2013
Format: Paperback
Nothing on the cover of this book suggests it is written for children. So I bought it as a holiday read, having read and enjoyed many of John Grisham's previous works.

But the characters are one dimensional, the prose is stilted and simplistic, and the plot (if it even deserves to be glorified with such a term) has no subtlety whatsoever as far as I managed to get before throwing the book down in disgust.

Come on Mr. Grisham, teenage readers deserve better than this. Treat them as young adults rather than babies. And the publishers should put a warning on the cover - "this book could seriously damage your intelligence"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted on 19 Jan. 2013
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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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By kirstyarmiger on 12 Dec. 2014
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A brilliant addition to the Theodore Boone collection though not his best book it was certainly good. John Gresham is a brilliant author I especially liked the book abduction though the emotional side was a bit to much on that book and the tension built up to nothing was a little disappointing the one thing with John Gresham is that there's normally a simple ending which in some books is a good effect but in this book I would have to go between theo and the thief in this book and a part where the store was robbed would make an excellent chapter but over all this book was a good read.___
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By Alibaba on 13 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a really great book.
It grips you from the start and makes you want to keep reading!
Although Grisham goes over the family history of the Boones, it is for the people who have never read this sequel.
If you are looking to read this book, my advice is to read the others from book one.
Then you get the very best out of each and every book.
After you have read this one, have The Activist ready to go straight onto.
Believe me you will want to!
More books soon please!
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By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2013
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The Theodore Boone series is written for older children (10 to 12 year olds) but, in my opinion, is just as enjoyable from an adult perspective.
Is Theo being set up? Why?
Mysterious events start to wind Theo up. First, he has a series of unexplained punctures; then he is suspected of taking part in criminal activity. What is going on? Who is causing these problems?
It is up to Theo and his uncle to find out in what is probably the most exciting and gripping book in this series so far.
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