Theodore Boone: The Accused

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Theodore Boone: The Accused

John Grisham

The ClimaxSomeone is trying to frame Theodore Boone for stealing laptops and tablets from a local store. The criminal has slashed his bike tires 3 times, broke into his locker to place the stolen laptops and steal his baseball cap, placed the baseball cap in the store, and sent a photo to everyone in town, of him and his parents walking out of the police station making Theodore look guilty. Now, this story is about Theodore Boone vs. the townspeople.

InterestingsFacts-Graduated from the University of Mississippi-Got into writing after hearing about a 12 year old rape victim case while serving on the House of Representatives-His work has been translated into 38 languages

Theodore Boone

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Theodore Boone: The Accused

The Author

Young-Adult FictionYoung-adult fiction is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 to 21. Young-adult fiction, usually in the form of novels or short stories, has clear connections that differentiates it from the other age categories of fiction. The wide majority of YA stories portrays a teenager as the protagonist, rather than an adult or a child. The subject matter and story lines are typically constant with the age and experience of the main character, but beyond that, YA stories make the entire extent of fiction genres. The settings of YA stories are limited only by the imagination and skill of the author. Some trilogies that are part of this genre are: The Hunger Games Trilogy and the Divergent Trilogy.

Theodore lives in a small town called Strattenburg. I think this takes place between 2005 to the present, because the lockers at the school that Theodore goes to have a keypad instead of a padlock. Also, because that laptops that he is accused of stealing are worth $400 and some laptops now are also around this much or even more. I can describe Theodore as a brilliant kid. In Chapter 1, it says, "Mr. Mount stood in a corner and watched Theo at his best. He had seen this before, many times. The kid was a natural on his feet, the star of the 8th Grade Debate Team," In that chapter, it talks about Theodore being a brilliant student as possible. Another word that can describe Theodore is that he is passionate, mostly about being a lawyer. Also in Chapter 1, it states, "Theodore Booone jumped to his feet, and, like the lawyers he watched and admired, walked purposefully to the front of the room. He carried a yellow legal pad, just like a real lawyer. He stood by Mr. Mount's desk, paused for a second, and looked at the class as if he were indeed a trial lawyer preparing to address the jury." This shows that Theodore likes to act like a lawyer who is in court. So later on, he knows how it feels to be in court as a trial lawyer.

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"Like every false rumor, it gained credibility while being represented, and before long it was practically a fact." -Theodore Boone(Chapter 10/ Page 102)

I personally, would give this book 5 stars. The first reason is, that it's an amazing story, anyone of age will like this book. Grisham throws us a curve ball right from the beginning of the story. Pete Duffy was on trial for supposedly kiling his wife, but the day of his trial, he runs away! I expected for the book to be about that, but NO! The second reason is, that the story is told well. Grisham knows how to create a story and he does it well. This is a good story with relatable characters. The last reason is, that it kept me wanting to read more to find out who was causing the trouble.


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