This is not a negative review, I really enjoyed this book, but I want to give my opinion that it's targeting the wrong age group. The characters, for the most part are teens, and that's the age group that should be reading this delightful tale.
The author, John Grisham, and the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, are targeting 8-12 year olds in their marketing. Realistically the target age is 12-15 year olds. It's a good read but probably won't be successful for grade-schoolers. I really enjoyed the story and the writing, but I'm 65.
A perfect murder - A faceless witness - A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he's only thirteen years old. Meet Theodore Boone In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he's only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.
But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.
The stakes are high, but Theo won't stop until justice is served.
Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.
So, read it yourself, have your teens read it, but don't be disappointed if your grade-schoolers just don't get it.