Theodore Boone: The Accused by John Grisham, published by Hodder and Stoughton in May 2012
Theo Boone might only be thirteen, but he's already uncovered key evidence in a groundbreaking murder trial and discovered the truth behind his best friend's abduction. Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet.
This is the third book in the series about boy lawyer Theodore Boone who can crack any case put before him. The story takes a change of direction in this instalment, with Theo being accused of a crime he didn't commit with no obvious way of proving his own innocence. In big trouble with the police, it looks like everything could be over for the boy lawyer.
I love John Grisham's adult novels, so I am so pleased that he's produced a crackingly good story but for a younger audience. Although the legal side of things is simplified slightly for the type of audience that the book is aimed at, it is in no way dumbed down and the plot is still highly intelligent and gripping. There's a great mystery at the heart of the story and I for one had no idea how this was going to unravel.
Theo himself is a great character. He's incredibly smart and intelligent and really does know his stuff. He often works out problems and solves cases before some of the adult characters do.
I thought that the trial of Pete Duffy which was key to the previous book in the series was going to be central to 'The Accused' must this was also mentioned briefly at the very beginning. I would like to see this concluded somewhere further down the line as I'm still wondering what the outcome of this storyline will be.
I love reading about Theo with his faithful dog Judge by his side. Here's hoping that there are many more books in the series still to come!