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Theodore Boone: the Accused Hardcover – May 15, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 869 customer reviews
Book 3 of 6 in the Theodore Boone Series

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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-“John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got.” --The New York Times Book Review

-"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 


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Series: Theodore Boone (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780525425762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525425762
  • ASIN: 0525425764
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (869 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on May 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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.

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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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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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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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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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I had just finished reading a couple of John Grisham books, Sycamore Row and Gray Mountain, with mixed opinions of each. This book came up as a suggested one on my Kindle. After reading the first chapter I realized I had entered into Grisham's YA fiction. The Accused is not Grisham's first Theodore Boone, but this did not make it difficult to catch on. From the perspective of a YA work, it was an enjoyable read. Theodore is a 13 year old and the only child of two lawyers in a small town. He is an aspiring attorney that represents eccentric folk in the town's animal court where disputes are brought over pets and livestock and anyone can either represent themselves or another person.

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.
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