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!
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!
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