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Theodore Boone: The Abduction

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Theodore Boone: The Abduction

As the only child of two busy and successful attorneys, eighth-grader Theo Boone is intelligent and resourceful --- and he knows a fair amount about the law. His mother, Marcella Boone, has an active practice handling divorces and family matters. Woods Boone, Theo's father, specializes in real estate. His uncle Ike, once a partner in the family firm, has had a checkered past with the law, but still plays a role in Theo's life. Even Theo's dog's name, Judge, is related to his family's legal profession.

When not in school or hanging out with his friends, Theo spends his spare time in his parents' law office, where he is a whiz with computers and enjoys doing legal research and checking out facts. His favorite assignment, though, is delivering legal documents and filings from the Boone and Boone Law Firm to the courthouse in Stattenburg, where he is a familiar face with the judges and court employees alike.

Theo's familiarity with the law and investigative talents come in handy after his best friend April disappears from her house one night. April's home life is an unstable mess. Her artistic and eccentric mother has a drug problem, and her unemployed father is frequently on the road with his failing band. April's older siblings have moved out, so she is left to fend for herself.

Theo is the most stable person in her life, and the last person to talk to her the night she goes missing. He has sworn to keep a secret she has confided in him. But after she disappears, he must decide if telling her secret will help find her or possibly cause more harm. While the police track down leads and apprehend a likely suspect, Theo takes action on his own. He organizes a search party with his friends, despite interference from local law enforcement officers. After a body is discovered in the river, the town fears the worst. With all the courage he can muster, and with some help from an unlikely source, Theo is determined to do what it takes to discover what has happened to April.

John Grisham is on familiar ground in this legal mystery about a courageous and intelligent teenager who must take action after being faced with a difficult decision. He deftly weaves in the relationships among families, the police, lawyers and the courts throughout the story line. In THEODORE BOONE: THE ABDUCTION, Grisham paints a vivid picture of a desperate young girl trapped in an unstable home environment. Through Theo, he brings to light the dilemmas teenagers face between being honest with their parents, keeping a confidence, and doing what is right.

Young readers who love a good mystery with likable characters facing uneasy situations should enjoy the continuation of this series. And if you missed the first book, flip to the back of this one to find out "where it all began" by reading the first two chapters of THEODORE BOONE: KID LAWYER.

Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt on June 6, 2011

Theodore Boone: The Abduction
(Theodore Boone #2)
by John Grisham

  • Publication Date: April 24, 2012
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • ISBN-10: 0142421375
  • ISBN-13: 9780142421376