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Gr 6-8-Theodore Boone is being stalked. His lawyer parents are involved in a high-profile case. On the last day of the trial, Theo discovers that his locker has been broken into. Later that day, one of his bike tires is slashed. As if things couldn't get any worse, the 13-year-old becomes the main suspect after a local store is robbed and computers are found in his locker. With the help of his uncle, Theo uses his investigative skills to determine who is behind these crimes. This third book (Dutton, 2012) in John Grisham's series is suspenseful and sprinkled with humor, but at times the text sounds more like a lesson in the practice of law. The characters are endearing, and listeners will cheer for Theo. Narrator Richard Thomas does a wonderful job of engaging listeners throughout, using intonation to create emotions and suspense. Although part of the series, this title can stand alone and would be a good choice for middle school boys who enjoy mysteries.-Lyn Gebhard, Sparta Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


-“John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got.” --The New York Times Book Review
-“Grisham is an absolute master!” --The Washington Post
-"Another swift Grisham thrillerette." --The New York Times on The Abduction
-"Theo is a terrific character, an everyman kind of kid. . . . There are many positive messages wrapped in this entertaining story that appeals to the kid in all of us." --USA Today, on The Abduction

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  • File Size: 654 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (May 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074VTHKM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, John Grisham 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. 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 Grishams hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career. 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, and The Appeal) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 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.

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110 of 117 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'll save my comment on price until the end.

The story is told well. John Grisham knows how to weave a story and he does it well again in this short story about Theo Boone, a young 13 year old who loves the law and loves the idea of being a lawyer.

Theo's parents are both lawyers. His mom deals with divorce cases and his father deals with real estate law. Theo wants to be a trial lawyer, where the action truly is. He follows courtroom proceedings and is familiar with all the players in town, since it is a small town setting.

So, he goes to court to hear the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife. This is the second trial. The first ended in a mis-trial as the judge dismissed it early because of a new eye witness that came on board. This new eye witness is someone that Theo brings to the table, he is worried about immigration issues and didn't want to testify during the first trial. But now he is on board.

The problems. Peter Duffy the defendant doesn't show up for the trial. Why not? Is He Guilty? Is he running from the law? Those are questions asked but not necessarily answered.

Instead, Theo Boone, 13 years old, comes under the scrutiny of the local police for a crime of theft from a local computer store. The problem is, Theo is a boy scout, really, a literal boy scott who believes in not stealing and in telling the truth.

So, why is he a suspect? Because he is being framed, or is he? That's the entire gist of this short story by Grisham. It is well written, the characters are well developed and the plot keeps you asking questions until the end.

I think it is a great short story that you will be able to read quickly. You will enjoy it.

So why only a four star rating?
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By RJ Parker on May 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
THEODORE BOONE: THE ACCUSED is the third book in this series. The others are Theodore Boone: The Abduction and Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer.

Thirteen year old Theodore is the brilliant son of two lawyers and todays Nancy Drew. Although it's a juvenile suspense mystery, even us grown ups enjoy this talented young boy. Pete Duffy is charged with murdering his wife. The first round in court ended in a mistrial. Now he's back in court again; same charges, sames lawyers, but a new witness. The town has already convicted Duffy but young Boone isn't so sure.

Theodore's class was allowed to watch the first trial, but the school principal won't permit the class to watch the second one. However, the principal did permit one student to attend the hearing and Boone gets the nod.

This is a good story with likable characters and fast paced. I read it in a couple of hours. Highly recommended if you enjoy a good suspense mystery.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Munoz Turlock, CA on May 16, 2012
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An amazing story anyone of any age will love. John Grisham throws us a curve ball right from the beginning of the story. Pete Duffy ran to escape the trail!! And we all expect for the book to be about that. But no! Someone is out to get Theo. The only problem is he has no foes. I would advise not to start reading at night, you will stay up never putting this book down!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2012
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Theodore Boone is brilliant, curious, outgoing and his passion is to study law and one day become a lawyer. His curiosity and his dream is the influence of his parents, who are both lawyers. Of course, they are proud of their thirteen year old son with high standards and ambition. Theodore finds it fascinating that he's lucky enough to attend the hearing for Duffy, who was charged with killing his wife. Theodore knows Pete Duffy well and as much as he does everyone who lives in the small town where he resides. As the court-room drama becomes intense and as opposed to what the towns-people believe, Theodore has his own doubts about the innocence of Duffy. Then, the unexpected happens, and Theodore become a suspect in a crime of theft in a local computer store. Did Duffy kill his wife? Was the young Theodure framed for the crime theft? John Grisham delivers another thrilling Masterpiece that's aimed to please! The characters are unique, court-room proceedings have you addicted to the story, and there's never a dull moment. There is much to ponder with questions throughout the compelling story, very thought-provoking with perfect setting. The court-room drama becomes as explosive as it does in 'PRESUMED INNOCENT.' Entertaining from beginning to end and highly recommended for all thriller lovers, who enjoy intense suspense. This novel is another gem, created by a Master storyteller. Very Enjoyable!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By modonna wilkinson on May 31, 2012
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As someone who worked for a law firm for 7 years, I found these books to be just adorable. Sounds a little infantile to say that, I suppose, but Grisham makes this kid smart, respectful, inquisitive, helpful, insightful, all the things you want your kids to embrace. He shows kids that lawyers aren't all dirt bags even though tv shows make them look that way. I may be a 59 year old grandma, but I loved the first two books and look forward to getting the audio version of this one so I can listen while sitting at the pool on board a cruise ship knitting!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. King on June 8, 2012
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This particular series may be written for young adults, but I really enjoy it and I'm in my 70's! I love Grisham and his legal mysteries. I look forward to the next one!
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