Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
John Grisham did a great job with his first book for kids. It had a lot of the Grisham feel, but was definitely written for a younger audience. It lacked some of the Grisham intensity (of course), but it still told a suspenseful story, and was very appropriate for the target audience.
Theodore Boone is the thirteen-year-old only child of two attorneys. He is fascinated by the legal system, and dreams of being either a lawyer or a judge when he grows up.
It's not uncommon for Theo's classmates to come to him for legal advice, and he enjoys helping people with their legal problems. That is, he enjoyed it until he was told information crucial to a murder trial. He's sworn to secrecy, but keeping that promise might mean that a guilty man goes free.
Not only will readers get a good story with great characters, but they can learn (in layman's terms) about trials, bankruptcy, foreclosure, etc.
I just learned that there is a second Theodore Boone book out. I'm excited to see how Boone's adventures continue.