Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer was not what I was expecting from John Grisham. I was expecting lots of action and excitment, maybe even danger and intrigue, but that is not what the book delivered.
Theo, the title character, is a nice enough kid, giving free legal advice to his friends. He hangs out at the courthouse and his parents’ law offices and dreams of the day when he is a leading player in the courtroom. He’s just not decided what his future role wiill be–hard-hitting lawyer or solemn judge.
Theo can’t wait to sit in on the town’s biggest murder trial in years. It’s too bad school gets in the way, but Theo manages to track every nuance of the trail. Then a classmate comes to Theo with a witness who saw something no one knows about. This witness’s testimony could change the outcome of the trial, but as an illegal immigrant he is afraid to come foward and swears Theo to secrecy. Now Theo must decide: Will he keep his promise to the mystery witness and watch a murderer walk free?
I enjoyed this story even though it was much quieter than I expected. I’m just not sure how many of my students will be patient enough for it.