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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer / by John Grisham

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Title: Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer 
Author: John Grisham

Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
ISBN: 978-0-525-42384-3
Year: 2010

Concepts: jobs, careers, foreclosure, immigration, 

Review: Theo Boone stood out from other students in his eighth grade class for his intense love of the courtroom. As the child of two lawyers, he knew virtually every lawyer, judge, bailiff, and court clerk in town, and he had watched countless trials in the local courthouse.  Not only did he dream of becoming either a trial lawyer or a judge as an adult, he had already set up a small office in his parents’ law firm and had offered pro bono legal advice to a number of people from school.

Theo felt right in his element when he managed to provide his government class with seats, background facts, and inside information for one of the biggest trials the town had ever seen involving a murder in an upscale neighborhood.  It appeared that the defendant would walk away scot free because the prosecution had no witnesses and no hard evidence.  Little did Theo realize the pivotal role he would play in this trial when a student from school approached him with confidential information about a potential witness who lived in a vulnerable situation. How could Theo disclose this information without compromising the safety of the witness?

Bestselling author John Grisham, known for his adult legal thrillers, has entered the young adult market with this novel about a child lawyer seeking to uncover the truth and uphold justice. Although the pace is rather slow and several key plot developments are left unresolved, the book does a nice job in incorporating several important lessons in economics and law, including foreclosure, illegal immigration, and career development.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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