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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer - John Grisham, Richard Thomas Theodore Boone is a "kid lawyer", according to the title of this kid's book by John Grisham. That's a little inaccurate inasmuch as the young Mr. Boone hasn't passed the Bar or anything. His parents are lawyers, though not ones that are overly interesting.

His uncle also used to be a lawyer, but for some reasons that aren't gone into in this first book we only know he isn't one anymore. Probably because he enjoyed murdering interns or something. That's my guess.

Anyway, like most 13 year-old boys, Theodore has two loves, the cute girl in school and the judicial system. He deftly weaves both loves together since his (hopeful) girlfriend's parents are undergoing a nasty divorce which will result in (gasp) them not living together anymore! She must decide who to live with!

But if you think this is just about the girl, fear not! The mistress Justice shows up again and again, most importantly with a murder case that has gripped the whole town. One that will result in a probable miscarriage of Justice if not for..... Theodore Boone. And his friend. And an illegal alien (really!)

Theodore reminds me a lot of Encyclopedia Brown in concept. The overly-bright kid able to notice things, who is somewhat following in his parent(s) footsteps so they can give him advice and keep him out of jail.

All kidding aside, this book is actually not bad for kids in the 10-12 range. It outlines some basic tenets of the U.S. justice system such as not being compelled to testify against yourself, and double jeopardy. The story is a little outlandish, but believable in a kid way. It's also a relatively quick read that shouldn't be off-putting simply by the thickness of the book (like [b:The Invention of Hugo Cabret|9673436|The Invention of Hugo Cabret|Brian Selznick|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327879761s/9673436.jpg|527941], which was excellent but you know what I mean if you've seen a copy.)