April 23, 2010

Friday's for the Guys - Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer

Every Friday I highlight books and authors that are ones boys might really enjoy. I'm not saying girls wouldn't read these books, but they are clearly "guy" books.

This Friday I'm highlighting:

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
John Grisham

I'm curious about this series since John Grisham's adult novels have been so popular.  I'd like to see what he can do with a MG (this sounds more MG to me) novel.  I know his adult books have a lot of suspense and mystery, so I'm hoping this would too.  I think that would appeal to the boys I teach. It would be great to have a new series to introduce them to - and then maybe keep them reading as they get older by moving them into Grisham's adult novels. 

From Goodreads:
A perfect murder

A faceless witness
A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old
Meet Theodore Boone

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, 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 #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.


  1. Oh, thanks for pointing this one out! I love John Grisham and would love to see what he can do for a younger set!

  2. While I have read some of Grisham's work and enjoyed them (Time to Kill being my all time fav) I too am interested in reading this one that is as you stated geared toward MG. Thanks a lot for bringing this to my attention.

  3. I read Grisham's first chapter and I was disappointed. His sentences are choppy and his attempt at inhabiting the shoes of a teen seems contrived and a little unbelievable. I have a feeling that Grisham's publishers have seen YA literature increase in sales by 30% and have seen adult lit. drop by around 10% so it was a natural that he would want to grab a slice of the YA pie. What Grisham might not know is that our teens want well-written stories with plot twists and believable characters. He doesn't need to write down to our teens, he may need to ratchet it up a bit from his somewhat- tired adult plot lines.