As a school librarian, I am trying to read more kids' books. I was very impressed with this one. No language or questionable situations, but (SPOILER ALERT) what really impressed me was the way Theo went to his uncle, a trustworthy adult, when he realized he was in over his head. I had a sinking feeling that he would try to solve the problem himself (thus, creating more DRAMA)but he did not. Definitely a good thing, in my opinion!
My nine year old devoured this book so quickly and happily I had to give it a try for myself! It's a great mixture of page turner and lesson about how the legal system functions. Theodore is very likable and the hard choices he's faced with led to some good conversation with my son. It probably helped going in that I had seen there was a sequel. There is not a tidy ending, so if that's frustrating for you, you may want to skip this book. As for me, I'm looking for book #2! (In response to some of the other reviews here, I think the fact that the book itself says "ages 8 and up" means that it is not necessarily targeted for teens. The school library has it marked at a 5th grade level.)
The Kid Lawyer is the first teen book by John Grisham. Theo Boone is the main character and character is definitely the way I would describe him. He has a knack for helping everyone and being looked up to and he is only a teen.
This book is a great portrayal of the court system and how it affects different people. It laid out the basic structure of a trial along with a little bit of a mystery in whether the defendant of this trial was guilty or not.
As an adult reading this, I will say it was too basic of a read and even as a 11- 13 year old, I would think they would find it somewhat boring. Kids this age and adults need more stimulus in their reading, maybe some more action!
An intertaining book, to say the least. The book is geared towards the teenage market and not necessarily for adults, but I enjoyed it anyway. I picked it up at a book store, when I was out of town and didn't realize it was a teen book.
Although it is a teen book, I enjoyed it. I can see a series of book depicting this character (Theodore Boone). It wouldn't surprise me if John Grisham was to turn his attention to making this a series.
Absolutely great book about a trial. The kid lawyer is so perfect and amazingly sharp. He solves the mystery singlehandedly and makes sure justice prevails. A book that is suitable for adults and younger readers as well. A super positive, likable role model.