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Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever. 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 sk Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever. 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.


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Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever. 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 sk Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever. 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.

30 review for The Abduction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Definitely a wonderful and engaging read! I loved the first in the series but felt it was somewhat unrealistic. Since then I've really gained a new appreciation for the Theodore Boone books and I love that Grisham has written a series that hopefully will inspire younger readers to pursue law and police work as a field of interest. Theodore himself is a really admirable guy who'll put his love of legal investigation to the test when it comes to helping his friends.

  2. 5 out of 5

    babyhippoface

    Grisham is making me crazy with this book. It's like he decided to write for kids, but he doesn't actually know any kids and he just doesn't know how to write for them. And I'm not sure what his editor was thinking when she let so many unrealistic things stay in this book (see my previous updates). You can't abandon reality to make your story work out the way you want it to. That's a cop-out and lazy writing. That's gripe #1. Gripe #2: Grisham doesn't seem to understand that kids can handle scar Grisham is making me crazy with this book. It's like he decided to write for kids, but he doesn't actually know any kids and he just doesn't know how to write for them. And I'm not sure what his editor was thinking when she let so many unrealistic things stay in this book (see my previous updates). You can't abandon reality to make your story work out the way you want it to. That's a cop-out and lazy writing. That's gripe #1. Gripe #2: Grisham doesn't seem to understand that kids can handle scary. They like suspense and danger. As with the first in this series, we get all the way to the end, waiting for an exciting climax, and... nothing happens. What a let-down. The most exciting moments in this book come within the first few chapters. Come on, Grisham! You know how to write tension in your books for us grown-ups; give the kids the same respect. They can handle it. Heck--tons of them live worse than this story every day. Write stories for them as well as you write them for us. All that said, I didn't hate this book. (I know, it sounds like it, but I really didn't.) I just didn't like it as much as I wanted to, and Grisham is capable of crafting better stories. I know, 'cause I've read 'em. (Except for The Innocent Man--he went way off the deep end into the sad Land of Misrepresentation of Facts to Make a Point. But that's another story....)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplici I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. Theodore Boone: The Abduction is a novel written by the famous author, John Grisham. It is part of a series and this particular book explores the abduction of Theodore's best friend, April. Theodore is a teenage boy with big ambitions. His parents are lawyers, and he wishes to follow in their footsteps and become a lawyer too. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. Theodore Boone: The Abduction is a novel written by the famous author, John Grisham. It is part of a series and this particular book explores the abduction of Theodore's best friend, April. Theodore is a teenage boy with big ambitions. His parents are lawyers, and he wishes to follow in their footsteps and become a lawyer too. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. Theodore Boone: The Abduction is a novel written by the famous author, John Grisham. It is part of a series and this particular book explores the abduction of Theodore's best friend, April. Theodore is a teenage boy with big ambitions. His parents are lawyers, and he wishes to follow in their footsteps and become a lawyer too. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. Theodore Boone: The Abduction is a novel written by the famous author, John Grisham. It is part of a series and this particular book explores the abduction of Theodore's best friend, April. Theodore is a teenage boy with big ambitions. His parents are lawyers, and he wishes to follow in their footsteps and become a lawyer too. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. Theodore Boone: The Abduction is a novel written by the famous author, John Grisham. It is part of a series and this particular book explores the abduction of Theodore's best friend, April. Theodore is a teenage boy with big ambitions. His parents are lawyers, and he wishes to follow in their footsteps and become a lawyer too. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and find out what happened and where she is, after the police struggle. I think that sometimes the plot and story can be a bit predictable, but it still definitely fits the genre and includes a lot of basic suspense and mystery, great for a younger audience, but I feel that sometimes it is lacking in depth. However, it still has a very decent storyline, which I do like. I think I'd prefer a book with a little more complexity in future. Overall, a good read and I'd happily read another book in the series. I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating. When April goes missing, he puts his skills to the test and does everything he possibly can to try and fi'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexa ❤️

    My first John Grisham novel. This was a good quick read. Definitely catered for younger readers and I think this would be a good introductory novel to crime / law for younger readers. It's light, easy to follow and fast paced.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shreya Rao

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Theodore Boone: The Abduction In the second installment of the series, Theodore’s best friend April is kidnapped from her home in Stratford. As the police go through her room, they are led to believe her lost cousin, recently escaped criminal Jack Leeper, abducted her. Theodore, being very distraught, goes to his Uncle Ike for support and advice. After a few days, Theo starts to be unsatisfied with the lack of investigation the police are doing since they found Jack Leeper as a suspect. Theo and Theodore Boone: The Abduction In the second installment of the series, Theodore’s best friend April is kidnapped from her home in Stratford. As the police go through her room, they are led to believe her lost cousin, recently escaped criminal Jack Leeper, abducted her. Theodore, being very distraught, goes to his Uncle Ike for support and advice. After a few days, Theo starts to be unsatisfied with the lack of investigation the police are doing since they found Jack Leeper as a suspect. Theo and Ike then use circumstantial evidence and Facebook to find April’s real kidnapper, her father. Against his mother’s wishes, Theo and Ike travel to North Carolina to the bar April’s dad is performing at. When April is taken back to Stratford, she is forced into foster care while her parents are fighting for custody, as her mom’s unstableness is brought to light during the predicament. In the end, April’s parents agree to counseling so that April will have a happy childhood. The major themes throughout the book were friendship and disobeying. Disobeying was evident because Theodore didn’t listen to his mother and went to North Carolina to find April. Friendship was probably the overall theme because Theo said, “I would never tell anything April confided in me, I was her best friend.” (Grisham 24). Mrs. Finnermore, April’s mother, is a very round character because she is described as a ”Woman with gray hair spun into a tight bun at the nape of her neck. Even Theo didn’t want to, he couldn’t help but see her beauty: her freckles and her artistic flair.”(13). Marcella Boone, Theodore’s mother, is dynamic because at the beginning of the story, she doesn’t want Theo to get involved in the investigation of April’s abduction. At the end, Marcella is proud of Theo and starts to encourage him to solve local mysteries. Probably the most flat character was Jack Leeper because throughout the story, he does not change and he remains “April’s long lost cousin.”(17). Overall I think the book was a great success. It appeals to many 12 and 13 year olds because of John Grisham’s ability to make law understandable and his ability to make characters relatable. I also believe John’s experience as an attorney has helped him make many legal novels that end up being very successful. I would definitely recommend this to a friend mostly because of the mysterious storyline and the interesting characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Theodore's friend disappears & he does all he can to find her. This leads to some clashes with the authorities, including his parents & the police. He handles these situations well, in a very adult fashion & Grisham shows the reasons. IOW, the story has some good lessons wrapped into an interesting mystery story. Pretty close to perfect for younger teens. There's some setup repetition from the first book, a bit tough to take since this is such a short book, but it does mean they can easily be rea Theodore's friend disappears & he does all he can to find her. This leads to some clashes with the authorities, including his parents & the police. He handles these situations well, in a very adult fashion & Grisham shows the reasons. IOW, the story has some good lessons wrapped into an interesting mystery story. Pretty close to perfect for younger teens. There's some setup repetition from the first book, a bit tough to take since this is such a short book, but it does mean they can easily be read in any order. Interesting characters that are well drawn for this sort of story & Theodore learns a few lessons along the way. Definitely recommended for the younger crowd. Very well narrated by John Boy Walton, too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Smith

    Another great book from John grisham. Love Theo.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael Weingardt

    Good Reads Theodore Boone the Abduction by John Grisham is a realistic fiction about how Theo’s best friend April went missing one night out of the blue in their small hometown. Theodore is now devastated by this and is doing everything he can to locate April and figure out who kidnapped her. Multiple people believe it was Jack Leeper who is April’s uncle that kidnapped her because he escaped from prison at the same time she went missing. I like this book because the vocabulary was easy and they Good Reads Theodore Boone the Abduction by John Grisham is a realistic fiction about how Theo’s best friend April went missing one night out of the blue in their small hometown. Theodore is now devastated by this and is doing everything he can to locate April and figure out who kidnapped her. Multiple people believe it was Jack Leeper who is April’s uncle that kidnapped her because he escaped from prison at the same time she went missing. I like this book because the vocabulary was easy and they words were really big because in Never Let Me Go the font size was small and hard to read. The story would build up clues to where April was hidden which made the book exciting. The book was so boring at times I felt like I was going to fall asleep. There is this kid named Theo that was really hard to relate to. He did stuff like going to the courthouse and watch cases which is really weird for a 11-year old. I would recommend this book to people who have nothing better to in there life but read books by John Grisham because they find it suspenseful. If you really love books about law and mystery you should probably read this book too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Noriko

    Solid mystery for juvenile readers from John Grisham. As this book features more juvenile side of Theo than the previous book, the adult part of me wasn’t attracted to this book as much, but I give you this book had its own intrigues, mysteries, thrills and tension that surely entertains a wide range of readers. The character dynamics among Theo’s family is well-showcased and depicted in this book as well, and I have a feeling the one between Theo and Ike would be a recurring theme in this serie Solid mystery for juvenile readers from John Grisham. As this book features more juvenile side of Theo than the previous book, the adult part of me wasn’t attracted to this book as much, but I give you this book had its own intrigues, mysteries, thrills and tension that surely entertains a wide range of readers. The character dynamics among Theo’s family is well-showcased and depicted in this book as well, and I have a feeling the one between Theo and Ike would be a recurring theme in this series. It is interesting to see how Ike turns out the one whom Theo either ultimately relays on or who offers some enlightening advice to Theo. While the relationship among Ike and Theo’s parents might not be a very amiable one, I must say it is the thing that makes this book glorious and engaging. Although the wrap up of the mystery regarding the “abduction” didn’t particularly suffice to quench my mystery rush, once again, it has its own intrigues and red herrings that held my interest long enough. The ending felt as rushed as the previous book which I didn’t appreciate, all in all, I enjoyed The Abduction and I have no plans to quit this series. Theo has grown on me so much and I’m curious to see how he keeps solving mysteries that come his way.

  10. 4 out of 5

    NuReader21

    Found this book on a book sale, nice hard cover, it has John Grisham written in beautiful eye cathing red glossy letters and thought "it's John Grisham's", how bad could it be! So I'm still a bit disapointed now... So maybe the story was for younger audiences but hey I was once a 13 year old too and i still think I could handle more dose of suspense in a book. Nothing happens... and that's it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    Good for the age wrote for. I bought this for my nephew and chose to read before giving them to him.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)

    (2.75) Question: did John Grisham forget part of the plot of his own book in Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer? Because in that Theodore was trying to help April get through the divorce of her parents and choosing which one to live with, and yet, in this book they're suddenly back together again with absolutely no mention of having ever divorced only a few weeks/months earlier. I imagine this book would also have an anti-climatic/disappointing ending to new readers (I was rereading this and had forgotte (2.75) Question: did John Grisham forget part of the plot of his own book in Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer? Because in that Theodore was trying to help April get through the divorce of her parents and choosing which one to live with, and yet, in this book they're suddenly back together again with absolutely no mention of having ever divorced only a few weeks/months earlier. I imagine this book would also have an anti-climatic/disappointing ending to new readers (I was rereading this and had forgotten some details, which actually made it more interesting because it wasn't as much of a let down as I thought it was going to be) but the complete backtracking on a whole subplot that was in the first book is what really irritated me. There was barely any mention of the events of the first book at all, only one that I remember reading and that was in the final chapter. Up until that point I was honestly wondering if this book actually took place before the first one. It was the only way I could think to explain the complete lack of mentioning of this massive thing that had happened in Theodore's life, and the Finnemore's being married. But nope, apparently not. Maybe an alternate universe? Everything just seemed to be a bit less in this book, almost as if the author hadn't put in as much effort as he did into the first book. It still wasn't bad, but I didn't think the overall plot, characters, world building and more was as good as it had been in book one. Theodore was actually more realistic as a thirteen-year-old kid however, so there's that at least. Similar to my thoughts on Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, I don't think this is a bad book as such, but it's not great either.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aizuddin Khalid

    Not that interesting of a plot for a legal thriller. The storyline did have a suspense feel in the beginning, some fun spots with Pete the Parrot and Judge Yeck, and of which showcased Theo's natural talent as a lawyer, but the final resolve made little interest to the overall story. A disappointment for a case billed as an "Abduction". Did the story matter to the next episodes of Theodore Boone? Perhaps. But did it have to be that long of a novel? Perhaps not. Still a fan of Theo, I hope the sequ Not that interesting of a plot for a legal thriller. The storyline did have a suspense feel in the beginning, some fun spots with Pete the Parrot and Judge Yeck, and of which showcased Theo's natural talent as a lawyer, but the final resolve made little interest to the overall story. A disappointment for a case billed as an "Abduction". Did the story matter to the next episodes of Theodore Boone? Perhaps. But did it have to be that long of a novel? Perhaps not. Still a fan of Theo, I hope the sequential novels are much better in terms of presenting a genuine crime plot or a more serious court battle.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lyndia Ramsey

    I couldn't put it down. To have such an accomplished author using his expertise in books for younger readers (or adults who enjoy a good middle School read) is pure joy. After laying the foundation for his series in Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer, this next book in the series takes off from the very first page in a manner of writing that would be expected from one such as John Grisham, and continues until the very last page. I can't wait to jump right into the next one!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carson J. Eisner

    The Abduction is a great follow-up book to Theo Boone's first story. I loved it so much that I read it in just one sitting! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who liked the first book in this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    Once again Theo comes to the rescue with his mad lawyer skills. One can’t help but be impressed by his determination to right the wrongs! I like how everyone at the courthouse from janitor to judge knows and likes Theo. Grisham does a good job capturing the angst Theo feels at times when he’s tempted to strike out on his own with a course of action knowing his parents might object. Theo demonstrates love and loyalty to those he cares most about and will go the distance to help them out. He’s als Once again Theo comes to the rescue with his mad lawyer skills. One can’t help but be impressed by his determination to right the wrongs! I like how everyone at the courthouse from janitor to judge knows and likes Theo. Grisham does a good job capturing the angst Theo feels at times when he’s tempted to strike out on his own with a course of action knowing his parents might object. Theo demonstrates love and loyalty to those he cares most about and will go the distance to help them out. He’s also pretty intuitive about people, and it’s interesting to see how that plays out in the crime of the story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debra

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  18. 5 out of 5

    ShirleyS

    A pleasant, soothing read for troubling times. Theo, our young wannabe lawyer, goes all out to find his friend, April, who is missing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Oh, John Grisham...maybe I'm nostalgic when remembering your adult books that I've read in the past but this YA book just isn't doing it for me. What happened to your writing skills? This book is exciting, yes, but also predictable. Very predictable. And sure, it's targeted to 6th through 8th graders but you're really selling them short with the lack of advanced vocabulary in this book. Theodore Boone: The Abduction is an okay book. I can understand its appeal: it's fast-paced, it's exciting, it' Oh, John Grisham...maybe I'm nostalgic when remembering your adult books that I've read in the past but this YA book just isn't doing it for me. What happened to your writing skills? This book is exciting, yes, but also predictable. Very predictable. And sure, it's targeted to 6th through 8th graders but you're really selling them short with the lack of advanced vocabulary in this book. Theodore Boone: The Abduction is an okay book. I can understand its appeal: it's fast-paced, it's exciting, it's a great book for kids who like watching CSI and Law and Order. But most of the kids who watch shows like that are going to be a bit older and can handle a more advanced vocabulary. The entire story is rather simple: girl goes missing, town searches for girl, Theodore Boone discovers some insider information though his connections and his sleuthing and then the story is neatly wrapped up. But if it were told better it might be a better story. Essentially every story ever written has already been told before, but the trick is retelling it well and making us, the readers, believe that it's a bright, shiny, and new story. And The Abduction? Meh... it's a little stale. I read this book as a read-along with one of my SAT tutoring students. I'm hoping the James Patterson book he picked as our next book is a better one than this.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Atticus Hatfield

    Theodore Boone: the Abduction by John Grisham Have you ever read any of John Grisham’s crime thrillers? He is well known to be a great author for adult crime novels. Although he’s mainly an adult author, he is also known for his children’s series, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. It sounds pretty clever to create a kids version of his bestselling books, right? Wrong. This is really just a poorly-written version of his adult books, with a weaker plot. It’s not a deep, brain-snatching book. The only age Theodore Boone: the Abduction by John Grisham Have you ever read any of John Grisham’s crime thrillers? He is well known to be a great author for adult crime novels. Although he’s mainly an adult author, he is also known for his children’s series, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. It sounds pretty clever to create a kids version of his bestselling books, right? Wrong. This is really just a poorly-written version of his adult books, with a weaker plot. It’s not a deep, brain-snatching book. The only age range I could recommend it to is maybe 4th to 6th grade. The story is about a boy named Theo whose friend April is taken in the middle of the night with no evidence of who took her left behind. He then gathers up his friends and they go on adventures trying to find her. As far as author’s purpose goes, I think Grisham failed. I certainly wasn’t entertained. I think he was aiming for a target audience of 7th to 9th graders, but he landed more among 4th to 6th graders. I think the book would’ve been better if he had used a larger vocabulary. I also think the audience could’ve handled a deeper plot. It was too simple of a read. More subplots and twists would have helped. The only thing that really kept me reading was the suspense. I think that it was an okay book at best. I’d sentence it to 25 years in federal prison with no parole.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jake Manu

    I really liked this book. i've read it before, but i had a frantic rush around to find something to fit into one of my 2 last categories. This is about Theodore Boone, a 13 year old wannabe lawyer who's best friend goes missing and so he thinks it's his job to find her. an awesome adventure, and probably the most realistic book i've ever read. I decided to read this book because i either had to read a book written in 2010 or 2011 or one written by a New Zealander, and i chose the first option. Th I really liked this book. i've read it before, but i had a frantic rush around to find something to fit into one of my 2 last categories. This is about Theodore Boone, a 13 year old wannabe lawyer who's best friend goes missing and so he thinks it's his job to find her. an awesome adventure, and probably the most realistic book i've ever read. I decided to read this book because i either had to read a book written in 2010 or 2011 or one written by a New Zealander, and i chose the first option. This was first published in 2011 by 'Hodder & Stoughton An Hachette UK Company' My favourite setting in the book was outside the courtroom in Theo's hiding spot where he can hear everything being said because Theo in the book would be the only one to find it and he often uses it, which for some reason amuses me. My favourite quote from the book was "He scratched his chin and inspected the spill as if the operation would take hours and require great skill" because it makes it seem like the author is using a medical jargon but really its just a janitor pondering how to clean up a spilt drink, which i find funny. something new i learnt from this book was that if you were to have a complaint filed against your pet, and you have to go to court, you will not need a lawyer.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sita

    I first read John Grisham during a summer holiday many years ago. I was poking through my uncle's library looking for something to read and he recommends "The Firm". I never heard of him before, but my uncle is a lawyer so no surprise he'd picked it up :)I read it and I was hooked. I read almost all of his books including the non-lawyer stuff. So of course when Theodore Boone came around I just have to pick it up. This is actually a children's book, a charming one at that. For me it's like a fai I first read John Grisham during a summer holiday many years ago. I was poking through my uncle's library looking for something to read and he recommends "The Firm". I never heard of him before, but my uncle is a lawyer so no surprise he'd picked it up :)I read it and I was hooked. I read almost all of his books including the non-lawyer stuff. So of course when Theodore Boone came around I just have to pick it up. This is actually a children's book, a charming one at that. For me it's like a fairy tale with legalese because so far it always have a happy ending and the setting is just too cute! Theo lives in this little town with metropolitan flavour. It's small enough for him to run around in bikes but big enough to have all sorts of restaurants there. It's so charming I just want to move there! If you read Grisham's stuff, this would probably feel like a watered down version of his books; Grisham Lite so to speak. But perfect for lazy reading. It's not frivolous yet happy ending. I would definitely recommends it to my kids when they're a bit older.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mellodi

    Loved this book as well, just as much as I did the first before it. This series may have started to change my mind on the entire crime drama entirely. However, it still won't be a favorite. Just maybe, a once in a while thing instead. Even though geared towards children, I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting. Give this series a try.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Vigil

    Didn't think they would find her

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ozana Ozzy

    I love Theo Boon character and it't funny, light read with relatively light crime story children can take. Second book is less amuzeing than Kid Lawyer but as a break from regular read is great.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    This was a cute easy read. I enjoyed the view point from Theodore, 13 year old boy. It is a very clean story which any teen should be able to enjoy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Praneeth Uppari

    You'd think you've heard the last of a kidnap story, right? But, John Grisham adds his expertise to "The Abduction" and makes the old kidnap story a little more interesting by adding the young lawyer, Theodore Boone, to the mix. Theodore Boone is an aspiring lawyer that continues to impress people around the town of Strattenburg, PA where the courthouse is the focal point of the town.Grisham continues the story of Theodore from "The Kid Lawyer" with a murder trial to the case of the kidnap of Th You'd think you've heard the last of a kidnap story, right? But, John Grisham adds his expertise to "The Abduction" and makes the old kidnap story a little more interesting by adding the young lawyer, Theodore Boone, to the mix. Theodore Boone is an aspiring lawyer that continues to impress people around the town of Strattenburg, PA where the courthouse is the focal point of the town.Grisham continues the story of Theodore from "The Kid Lawyer" with a murder trial to the case of the kidnap of Theo's best friend: April Finnemore who lives with a troubled family. The book starts right off the bat with suspense by introducing the abduction and keeps us reeled in throughout the book and the most important thing he touches on is Theo's wavering self belief. I loved how he teaches us the importance of perseverance because that is important for young people which is the targeted audience of the book. Theo continues to fight even when he reaches dead ends and reaches for the help of us family when he's down: another lesson I loved this book taught. However, Grisham tries to make the book too "kid friendly" and doubles down on the suspense as most of the suspense is towards the beginning of the book and wavers throughout the book. Grisham has the ability to write a story that's more exciting as evidenced by his book, The Chamber and because he couldn't do the same in this book, the ending falters. It might seem like I don't like the book, but I really do love it. I just think it's not as good as it can be. There is no point in the book where you want to put it down and keeps you interested somewhat throughout the book. Grisham can improve on working towards interesting older teens as well and understand kids can handle more suspense, but overall it was a riveting book that will keep me reeled into this series. You will love this book if you love mystery and especially learning about the life of a young lawyer and appeals to all genders and from all walks of life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aiden Bluh

    This was a very good mystery book! It started with this guy in 8th grade named Theodore (Theo) Boone. Theo really likes the law and already knows a lot about it, mostly because both of his parents are lawyers! When he's not reading or at school, he'll be working in his mothers law firm! Theo's worst fear becomes a reality when his best friend April goes missing! It's up to him and his friends to save her! Theo looks day and night for clues or anything that can be useful! The town is fearing the This was a very good mystery book! It started with this guy in 8th grade named Theodore (Theo) Boone. Theo really likes the law and already knows a lot about it, mostly because both of his parents are lawyers! When he's not reading or at school, he'll be working in his mothers law firm! Theo's worst fear becomes a reality when his best friend April goes missing! It's up to him and his friends to save her! Theo looks day and night for clues or anything that can be useful! The town is fearing the worst because they still can't find missing April! Theo is Aprils only friend and April is Theo's Best friend! When all hope was lost, they find a body in the river! Everyone was fearing the absolute worst! It's up to Theo to find her!

  29. 4 out of 5

    GabeGHS2020

    This book was a somewhat light read. For someone looking for a quick, easy read, this mistery novel should be on the top of your list. "The Abduction" is a strong sequel to "Kid Lawyer", as it begins with a big problem: Theo's best friend, April, has gone missing. Throughout the book, Theo and his friends must try and find April before it is too late. Along the way, he must avoid some stressful situations with adults, stay determined to do the right thing, and hang onto the hope that his friend This book was a somewhat light read. For someone looking for a quick, easy read, this mistery novel should be on the top of your list. "The Abduction" is a strong sequel to "Kid Lawyer", as it begins with a big problem: Theo's best friend, April, has gone missing. Throughout the book, Theo and his friends must try and find April before it is too late. Along the way, he must avoid some stressful situations with adults, stay determined to do the right thing, and hang onto the hope that his friend is still alive. There are some interesting plot twists in the duration of the novel, along with some intense situations and cliff-hangers that run for some lengths of time. It was not a particulary interesting book, nor was it a challenging read, but overall I recommend this book for younger readers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Carmona

    The book “Theodore Boone The Abduction” is made by John Grisham is a very interesting book that has many different characters and scenarios within the story. Throughout the story the whole book is about a kidnapped girl and a close friend named Theodore Boone trying to find her. Theodore has faced many obstacles on his journey to find April Finnemore. Many scenarios include Theo being in a spot as a lawyer for a friends parrot and a scene of his life and school. Theodores friend is someone who h The book “Theodore Boone The Abduction” is made by John Grisham is a very interesting book that has many different characters and scenarios within the story. Throughout the story the whole book is about a kidnapped girl and a close friend named Theodore Boone trying to find her. Theodore has faced many obstacles on his journey to find April Finnemore. Many scenarios include Theo being in a spot as a lawyer for a friends parrot and a scene of his life and school. Theodores friend is someone who helped Theo find April. The book contains many interesting events and surprises. If you are looking for a mysterious and interesting book than I recommend it to you.

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