Beschreibung bei Amazon Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer was the first novel by John Grisham for young children in middle grade and it is also the first series about Theodore Boone. This book publication is based and centered on the alleged murder of Myra Duffy and her husband, Pete Duffy is on trial being the suspect since they had million dollar life insurance. Theodore knows the truth but is afraid to testify in case of being arrested as he is an illegal migrant. Thus, this book brings out and clearly adresses social issues such as illegal immigrants and homelessness. Theo knows the truth about the key witness and the killer is on the verge of being set free since there are complications which involve bringing the witness to court.
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Shelves: penguin-review Copied from my blog Hey, when you were a kid, did you ever feel compelled to seek legal advice? Or play golf? Yeah, I didnt think so. So you can imagine my confusion over why international bestselling author of legal thrillers John Grishams new foray into kid lit has so far scored 3.
Half his book, aimed at eight- to twelve-year-olds, is about things like how to avoid foreclosure, which lawyer in town to phone when your brother-in-law is picked up on a DUI, and what Copied from my blog Hey, when you were a kid, did you ever feel compelled to seek legal advice? Half his book, aimed at eight- to twelve-year-olds, is about things like how to avoid foreclosure, which lawyer in town to phone when your brother-in-law is picked up on a DUI, and what a mistrial is.
Oh, and golf. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer is about Theo, a thirteen-year-old only child whose parents are a tax lawyer father and a divorce lawyer mother.
Theo is so obsessed with the law that his major concern, more than the tough time his female best friend who appears on only a handful of pages is going through, is whether he wants to be a brilliant trial lawyer when he grows up, or a sage judge. Know what would have made this book great? A good caper. Unfortunately, the caper in this novel was… not a good one. No snooping around dark offices.
No surprises. At all. And as you know, I have a very vivid imagination. My imagination will engage at the merest hint of inspiration. So, okay. Now the rest of it. Oh my gods, kids, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer is about out of pages of telling.
I felt like I was slogging through half this book. I was so bored. Including Theo. Rather than creating a likable precocious protagonist, he created a shallow know-it-all. He could have done so much better. And interact with his peers in important ways. You know, experience believable conflicts. His strategy for writing a kids book seemed to be to dilute, simplify, and sometimes outright dumb down a story he might otherwise write very well for adults.
Why on earth he thinks this is needed is beyond me. So no surprise that I felt at times like I was reading a text book — a text book that was talking down to me. The one bit of foreshadowing I noticed came out of the blue at the end of a section describing a part of the murder trial. Grisham also seems uncomfortable handling race and poverty issues in this book, which is surprising considering his adeptness at treating both those topics in his books for grown-ups.
Penguin Canada sent me a review copy of this book, gratis.
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