John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, one work of non-fiction, and one collection of short stories. His works are translated into thirty-nine languages. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.
Praise for THEODORE BOONE:'Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist.' -- The New York Times 'Gripping... I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. I think everyone will be enthralled by Theodore Boone.' -- Scholastic News 'There's a new kid on the young fiction block, and this one really does have serious powers: Theodore Boone, half-boy, half-lawyer... fans will be pleased to know there will be more of Theo's adventures to come.' -- Sunday Express 'If you aspire to turn your children into lawyers who will keep you in your old age, John Grisham's Theodore Boone, his first novel for young people, might be for you'. -- Sunday Times 'Contemporary lit for young readers has its icons: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl. Make way for the new kid on the block.' -- USA Today Praise for John Grisham:'Nobody does legal fiction better' -- Daily Express 'a master of his craft' -- Guardian
Gr 6-8-John Grisham continues the story of Theodore Boone, 13-year-old son of two lawyers who wants to follow in his parents' profession and would rather spend time in the courtroom than the classroom (or sports field). In this sequel (2011) to Kid Lawyer (2010, both Dutton), Theodore is the last person to have talked to his classmate and friend, April, before she was abducted and he decides to investigate. With the help of his friend and his uncle Ike, he uncovers the mystery of April's disappearance. While the subject matter is serious, and at one point a body is found, Richard Thomas's soft voice never really conveys the sense of urgency or mystery that one would expect, and the narrative doesn't maintain the tension that the subject matter demands. After Theodore is interrogated by the police at 4:30 in the morning, he and his parents go out for breakfast as if nothing has happened. And Theodore's search for April is interrupted when he appears in Animal Court to defend his classmate's cranky parrot that has terrorized the customers of a nearby business. This diversion, along with Thomas's understated reading, causes the story to lose focus and intensity.-Edith Ching, University of Maryland, College Park (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.