Theodore Boone: The Abduction

Theodore Boone: The Abduction

John Grisham is back for another Theodore Boone adventure, the precocious thirteen year old, wiser than his years, tries to solve the mysterious disappearance of his school friend.

When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone – who knows April better than anyone – has answers.

As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it’s up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April.

Filled with the page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a number one international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone’s trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Weighing in at a little over 210 pages Theodore Boone:The Abduction packs a legal teenage punch. It’s a fun read, light and not overly complex but it works on many levels. Aimed at children and a new breed of Grisham fans, adults will also take something from the book.

The narrative is slick and uncompromising lending itself to a very pacey read –managing to read it in one sitting – and although not as long as the current crop of adult aimed titles you never feel cheated.

Theodore is an interesting character. He doesn’t like going to school and uses every excuse under the sun not to go but once he’s there he tends to enjoy himself – the fight he has with his parents is a daily occurrence and one shared by thousands of school kids the world over! His favourite class is Government followed closely by Spanish taught by the young and exotic Madame Monique – no surprise there then!

Published by Hodder & Stoughton Theodore Boone is available in Harcover or Kindle

On some levels Theodore Boone reminded me of the ABC smash hit Doogie Howser MD which aired for 4 years in the early 1990’s. Starring Neil Patrick Harris as the 16 year old phenomenon, I can see Theodore Boone working in a similar way in the legal fraternity.

Where Grisham has been clever is by not bombarding the book with legal terminology and keeping it aimed at the teenage market. In fact the only time Theodore quotes any legal precedent is when he and his pals are trying to get out of a tight fix with the cops – quite the engaging scene – but it does serve to show his character and the first point of contact for any legal dilemma the teenagers are faced with whether it be a scrape with the police or in Animal Court defending birds!

Characterisation is good and although Grisham rightly concentrates on the young protagonist he does allow sides issues to creep in, padding the story out and introducing supporting characters who all play a role, some way or another, in delivering a few twists along the way.

A typical teenage boy, Theodore doesn’t like to admit he has romantic feelings towards April but his actions speak louder than the written word!

An enjoyable, fun filled story, Theodore Boone: The Abduction entertains from start to finish – One for the Kids!

Published by Hodder & Stoughton Theodore Boone is available in Harcover or Kindle

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15 Responses to “Theodore Boone:The Abduction by John Grisham – Book Review”

  1. Mel Butcher says:

    Wow, I love John Grisham’s writing, something fresh from him would make for a very fascinating read and may get my 17 yo son interested in reading too.
    Thank you for the chance to win. Tweeting too as @melspur.

  2. Keith B Walters says:

    Sounds great – and, if I won, it would get a double-whammy read and review by both me and my daughter on our twin blogs too ;)

  3. Alison Evans says:

    I have always been a huge fan of John Grisham, have read the books, watched the screen adaptations etc.
    From the review it seems as though this book would appeal to most teenage readers and it would probably make a welcome change from wizards, vampires and teenage popstars.
    If i’m lucky enough to win a copy I would give it to my pre-teen daughter to read, well after i’d read it myself first of course;)

  4. juliette says:

    John Grisham’s books are always gripping. If I was lucky enough to win I would give it to my youngest son who loves reading. He loves forensic science with an abduction I am sure there will be clues for him to solve

  5. Brita Bevis says:

    I have been looking for a good book to take on our family holiday. Having read your review – this would be perfect for my sons (and me!)

  6. Jonno40 says:

    I have read a lot of Grisham’s work and have enjoyed it a lot. Cant wait to see if this one is as good as some of his previous stuff.

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  8. Abby 22 says:

    I love these books!!! I read the first one fast and I didn’t even like books that much at the time. I love the mystry in them and would love to win one since its not in kindle edition yet!!! Its great to read somthing that makes you sit on the edge of your seat to see what is going to happen next!!! :) :) :) :)

  9. sarah broadhurst says:

    great review – didn’t reallise this was being released, I will be putting this on my wishlist. please enter me into the draw

  10. Ian says:

    The abduction is disappointing if well meaning drivel. I’m a Grisham fan but feel sucked in by this one. Save your money.

  11. robin banerjee says:

    good but to small

  12. lizzie says:

    this was an awesome book!!!!!! so exiting and makes you want to read for hours (which i did)

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  14. madigascar says:

    I read the first book and it got me hanging on the edge of my seat because it was sooooo good. I couldnt wait to find out what would happen. VERY excited to read the 2nd book !!!!!!!! CANT WAIT !!

  15. Kailey says:

    I read it for a book report. It was very interesting, and made me want to read more of John Grisham :D

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