John Grisham, the mega-selling author behind such legal thrillers as “The Firm” and “The Pelican Brief,” will write two books for young readers. But he won’t be straying far from the courtroom settings that made him a literary star. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will be his first offering for Penguin Young Readers Group. The publisher says it will tell the story of a “13-year-old amateur attorney who unwittingly becomes involved in a high-profile murder trial.” A second novel featuring Boone is scheduled for 2011.
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer is described as follows:
“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.
The 288 page hardcover ($16.99) is due in stores on May 25, 2010.