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Theodore Boone: the Accused Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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-"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
Added praise for the Theodore Boone series
"Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist." -The New York Times
"Classic Grisham." -The Los Angeles Times
"Smartly written." -- USA Today
"Grisham is an absolute master."--Washington Post
"Edge-of-your-seat drama, sophisticated plotting, and plenty of spunk."--Chicago Sun-Times
"Gripping . . . I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery."--Scholastic News
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
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.
This book involves Theodore's involvement in a crime that he did not commit but someone is attempting to frame him for it. It's an enjoyable story with colorful characters such as Theo's Uncle Ike, a disbarred lawyer, who helps him investigate the crime.
Overall, the book was enjoyable. Much like Harlan Coben's Mickey Bolitar YA series, this book has a main character that is wise beyond his years and maybe a little too perfect. Theo is bookish and aspires to be a lawyer, yet is popular in school. Perhaps having a more realistic reaction to his nature in the school setting might make this book and the series just a bit more believable. I'm going to go back and give the first Theodore Boone book a try.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a pleasant, easy, and engaging read but I was hoping for a twist at the end. Predictable ending.Published 4 days ago by Just Sayin
This is a fun and exciting read that has a lot of suspense. I'd recommend it to anyone liking a good and exciting book.Published 6 days ago by Jim
It was NOT as "exciting" as I had hoped. I read it to pass on to younger readers. Can't identify what was lacking. But it did NOT have John Grishams usual appeal for me!Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love John Grisham's ability to set up the mystery, and then delve into the corners of human nature to solve the mystery. Always, fantastic reading!!Published 23 days ago by D. Stice
Granddaughter loved it -- great addition to her Theodore Boone libraryPublished 1 month ago by Margaret D.