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Theodore Boone: The Abduction PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• I have to say it, Theodore Boone: The Abduction was much better than the first Theo Boone.
• It's still typical Grisham fiction, not very literary, but this story was more suspenseful and exciting than the first.
• I feel like Grisham heard the complaints from the first books and attempted to fix it.
Sweet Book Summary:
Theodore Boone: The Abduction is a fast moving story that will keep some reluctant readers happy. I say some because all Grisham fiction, for adults or children, reads like legal procedurals, and that type of novel doesn't always hold a child's interest (or adults!). In the first Theo Boone, I felt that there was too much legalese language. This Theo Boone has a smattering of it, but the bulk of this book is a thriller. Theo's best friend April, whom we met in Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, has gone missing in the middle of the night. April's family situation is not ideal. Her parents, while still technically married, don't actually live together. April's dad is a ne'er-do-well who is still trying to eke out a living, playing in his (bad) band. Her mom drives an old hearse, peddling goat cheese. April is often left alone in the house. On the night she disappeared, her mother went out for the evening. When she returned, April was gone.

At the same time, April's distant cousin Jack Leeper, escapes from prison and has been sighted in the area. It is also discovered that Jack and April were penpals. The police zero in on Leeper and find him. But Leeper won't give up any info on the girl. While the police spin their wheels, Theo takes his investigation in a different direction, and guess who is right? I have only given this book a "mild concerns" rating, because what feels like a desperate situation throughout the novel comes to a satisfactory conclusion.

It bears repeating that I liked this book a lot more than the first Theodore Boone. I especially like how Grisham treats his settings as another character in his books. I am not one to yearn to live in the south, but every time I read a Grisham, my interest is peaked for places like Mississippi and Alabama. I also like the family interactions. Theo Boone is a nice kid with two caring parents. Some of the things Theo is involved with push the boundaries of reality for a 13 year old kid, but I won't quibble, it's escapist fiction.
Author: John Grisham Illustrator: N/A Published: 2011, 256 pages
Themes: Friendship, Detective Stories, Self-Awareness/Discovery, Adventure, Family Life, Books for Boys
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Did this story about April's abduction, scare you?
• Do you think this could happen to you or someone you know? Why or why not?
• What are some ways you could protect yourself? Your friend?
• If your friend confided in you, and asked you not to tell anyone, would you break that promise if it could help keep
   your friend from a dangerous situation? Why/why not?
• Have you ever helped a friend out of a jam? What happened and how did you help?
• What happened and how did you help?
• In school, has your class studied about our legal system? Do you think you might want to practice law?
   Why/why not?
• When you are older, what other careers do you think might interest you?
• Are your interactions with your parents similar to Theo's with his parents? In what ways are they similar or different?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Holes, Louis Sachar
Alex Rider #1 Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, John Grisham
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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4 Monday, 02 March 2015 04:23
Grace Fox
this is one one the best books i've ever read! it always kept me instrested! john grisham is a very telented writer and should write more books that are young adult fiction! i have only read the first two books they are both great books but the second one "the abduction" is better, but they are both really instresting! if you haven't read this book i encourage you to because it is a page turning, mystery book, and full of suspense! i rate this book: 1⃣0⃣
3 Monday, 12 November 2012 23:13
it is a page turning book that i can never stop reading
good book
2 Friday, 13 April 2012 17:17
makes u want to read more of it.
1 Thursday, 13 October 2011 01:50
The Abduction is an excellent follow up to Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. Grisham has a unique ability to express his stories from the viewpoint of a youngster. I got an extra copy of Kid Lawyer for my ten-year old grandson, and he loved it.

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