The well-known adult author John Grisham
has written a series for the tween audience. The first book of the Theodore Boone series is about a thirteen-year-old kid lawyer. He spends more time at the county court house than at his home or school. Theodore Boone knows all the judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and even the custodians at the court house.
In “Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer,” Theo Boone the only son of two lawyers solves his classmates problems and gives them “legal” advice. Among the classmates he helps includes a boy who is worried about his family losing their home, helping another girl reclaim her dog from the pound, and also solving a crime.
The main plot of the book involves a murder trial in which Theo gets seats for his government class to observe the trial. A man is accused of his wife’s murder. Theo does some detective work and finds evidence that may affect the trial’s outcome. An illegal immigrant has some information but fears he will be deported if he comes forward with what he knows.
The story moves along quickly and keeps the reader interested. The characters are likeable and easy to relate to.
The reading level is for children ages 8 through 12 years old.