• Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Richard Thomas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,918 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A perfect murder...a faceless witness...a lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth....and he’s only 13 years old.

Meet Theodore Boone. In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only 13, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk - and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much - maybe too much - he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a number-one international best-seller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep listeners guessing.

©2010 John Grisham (P)2010 Penguin

Critic Reviews

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)

"Edge-of-your-seat drama, sophisticated plotting, and plenty of spunk." (Chicago Sun-Times)

What listeners say about Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

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    4 out of 5 stars

Fantastic for young audience, Good for adults

Grisham does a great job of taking his great law drama style and putting it on the level of a young adult (ages 8-16 IMO). In an unobtrusive way, he explains any of the technical aspects of law that are critical to the plot. He goes "out on a limb" and creates a character that has a good relationship with his parents without the parents kowtowing to the child.
Adults will enjoy the story as well. The plot is not as filled with twists and turns as his normal, but that is to be expected with the target audience. I did finish the book feeling like he had intended to write three more chapters, but cut it for some reason.
Nevertheless, it was a good read (listen). I hope this isn't his last for this audience. I'm looking forward to my kids having more of these.

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Theordore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Richard Thomas did a great job reading this story. I have not cared to much for some of John Grisham's most recent books but this one was great. I noted it was for children but adults will enjoy it. Other than the hero being a 12 year old the story is much more an adult story than what I think of as a child's book. Could not stop listening.

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Great fpr all ages

I got this book thinking adult John Grisham book...not so. While I liked it, I could also see 4th or 5th graders enjoying this too!

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    5 out of 5 stars

Grisham With a Good Ending! Honest!!!

Grisham has gotten at least one foot off his liberal soapbox, swallowed some of his cynicism, and written a thoughtful and perceptive "feel good" story. The author has crawled inside the mind of Theo Boone, a generous and very precocious thirteen year old in love with the law and passionate about helping people. He just did not expect to be involved in catching a murderer. Theodore Boone will steal your heart whether you are thirteen or thirty-nine! When I need to relax, I re-listen to several chapters. Write a sequel, John.

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    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing

I am a huge fan of Grisham and have read or listened to every book he has written. I have to say I was disappointed in this one. It was very simple and seems to be written for a very young audience. It also ended quickly without wrapping everything up. I kept thinking it would get better. Sorry, I was just disappointed. Not the John Grisham of old.

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    4 out of 5 stars

If you need a cute story...

Well, this is definitely a 'kids' book, but a very good listen even for a mature person. I am an avid Grisham listener and this book proved a nice break. Being a grandfatther, I will be reading this book to my grandsons. The story provides a good sense of strive for what you want, be honest, think things through, help others, and most of all an education of the justicial system, abeit from a simpler approach, but very well put. Recommended for young readers.

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Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer

Loved it! The story captures you immediately and carries you through to the end. The characters are as vivid as the story. You'll fly through this one as it is an easy read and you won't regret that you picked it up!

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I'm a Theodore fan

Grisham can build a connection between you and his characters, I'm rooting for Teddy. This book is great to get an introduction into the awesome work of Grisham.

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A really fun listen!

Richard Thomas did a fantastic job reading this book. It's a bit simplistic...but still very enjoyable summer reading!

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Enjoyable for adults and children

If you could sum up Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer in three words, what would they be?

Family Fun

What was one of the most memorable moments of Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer?

When Theodore struggled with fighting in school. He is not a fighter but struggled with the concept of sticking up for right vs wrong. A very real everyday struggle for children and adults.

Which character – as performed by Richard Thomas – was your favorite?

The uncle

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Its a book that my daugther and I listen to together.

Any additional comments?

This is a book that can be listened to as a family. The tv is off or in the car the radio is off. Conversation regarding characters and situations in the book follow.

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