Selasa, 01 Oktober 2013

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Original title: Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
Author: John Grisham (2010)
Edition language: English
Published by Puffin (2011) Paperback Edition

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.

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. He likes Government class and Spanish class and he is pretty good in Spanish than any average eight grader in his class. One day, there was a trial in the city and the Government class plan to attend this trial as an education of the law and government system. Theo is given task to arrange seats for the class since the trial is somewhat rare for the people of the city and everyone will try to attend this trial. This trial is held for a murder case, and Theo which dreams of being a trial lawyer tries (not so hard because the judge, Judge Gantry is his friend) to convince the judge to prepare the seats for the class. 

At school, Theo is quite famous of being a kid legal adviser. Because his parents are both lawyer, he knows law more than the average kids in his age. He has a childhood friend named April Finnemore which has a family affair (her parents divorced) and it seems like his friend is just April and vice versa, because his other friends usually want to talk to him if they have problems with law or legal things. Even though it's very tempting to attend the trial (after the field trip with the Government class), he chooses to attend school because school is number one according to his parents. He can access the trial update though if he wants to stay updated, but something is up that makes him can't get away with the trial.

A friend, a year younger than Theo, asks him for help, and surprisingly the problem is about the trial. There is a witness which will set the suspect to go to jail, but there are complicated things evolved around the witness that can't make him come forward and make sentences. But if the witness won't come forward, then a cold-blooded killer will be set free. So, what will Theo do?

(It's really hard to make a review in English, even though I've done it a long time ago. But I read this book in English edition and I think it will be more appropriate to review it also in English)

Overall, this is a good story. For once I doubt that I may not understand if there are a lot of legal terms, but it doesn't appear any without explanation. Well, because the targeted readers are youngsters, difficult legal terms are avoided by the author. The legal terms appear in the story are just the simple one and they are actually easy to understand, even though they are still explained clearly.

The story plot is fine. I expect a little suspense, but I think it's too much for a thirteen year old kid, so I'm fine with it. The case and the problem solving method are explained clearly and have a fair portion in the story. Other than that, the character of Theo is explored in a bigger portion. The story tells more about Theo's character development because this is the first book, so I think Theo's character should be explained clearly. So far, I like how the story is going, but I think the ending is kind of flat. I expect some more for the ending, but may be, this is the first book, so if the readers haven't satisfied, then they should go to the next book series. Well, I hope I can read the next series in English edition also, because I think changing edition on the series will disturb the enjoyment.

About the Author:
John Grisham
Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

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