Theodore Boone: The Abduction
Author: John Grisham
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books/Penguin Group (USA)
Published: June 2011
Ages: 8+, Publisher Suggestion; Atlanta Young Adult Literature Suggestion: 8-14
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
New York Times bestselling Theodore Boone series
John Grisham strikes again!
Nosy and crime-obsessed Theodore Boone returns in The Abduction, the follow-up to Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, and is a more-than-worthy “sophomore” effort by Grisham in this tween-aged series.
Many adults, of course, know Grisham for his fast-paced, thrilling crime novels, and, with the Theodore Boone series, kids are growing to love Grisham for the same: fast-paced, thrilling crime novels, but scaled down for an age-appropriate crowd.
The compelling aspect of Grisham’s YA work is how he is able to move between it and the adult world of fiction flawlessly, without talking down to his tween audience. Yet, he is able to keep his young characters relatable to the audience, not making them into “mini-adults,” with no real understanding of the world of tweens today. Honestly, Grisham—the author of 23 novels and one nonfiction work, with books translated into 39 languages—flexes his author prowess with Theodore Boone in a way that was unexpected by many a Grisham fan. After all, who ever would have guessed that the author of books like The Rainmaker, The Firm and The Pelican Brief could—or, possibly, would even wish to—enter the tween market with such overwhelming acclaim?
Then again, it is John Grisham we are talking about.
In The Abduction, Theo finds himself searching for best friend April, who disappeared overnight, without a trace. Theo is convinced she is okay, and that the police are searching down the wrong avenues. So, he starts his own campaign, determined to bring April back, whatever it takes—even if it means not being completely upfront with his parents and (if he can manage it) missing a day or so of school.
Theodore Boone: The Abduction, debuted at #1 on the NYT Bestseller List, as did Kid Lawyer before it, and for good reason. Kid Lawyer likely hit the ground running because of the name behind it, but The Abduction proves that Grisham has a firm grasp on the character he has created, and the series stands on its own merits—it is simply a great series, and no doubt will continue to be as long as Grisham chooses to keep aspiring snoop/lawyer/judge Theodore Boone on the pages and coming to a bookstore near you.
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