Great YA read.
Theodore Boone: The Fugitive
(Theodore Boone #5)
Hodder & Stoughton
He was supposed to be having fun with his friends, not playing detective and stalking a killer.
Theodore Boone – teenage lawyer and courtroom hero- is on a class trip seeing the sights of the capital city. But he hadn’t counted on seeing the most wanted man in history of his home town, Strattenberg.
Suddenly Theo is caught in the hunt for an accused murderer, alongside the FBI. Theo know he’s getting in deep – and things could become even more dangerous. Because if this case goes back to court, it will be down to him.
Will justice finally be done…or will the killer’s criminal allies be out for revenge?
What a great YA novel – I wish there had been books like this around when I was a kid! This is an interesting mix of history, the mechanisations of law and how courts are run and some great social commentary mixed into a crime novel that any 10-12 year (I am guessing the age group here) would love to read. John Grisham is amazing – author of twenty seven novels including this YA series! The Fugitive is the 5th novel in the Theodore Boone series and yet can easily be read as a standalone without feeling that you have missed out on major parts of the story.
If this hasn’t already been recorded as an audio book – it should be – a great one for the kids to listen to on long trips. A suggestion John Grisham – next YA series – can we have a female protagonist?
I think some absolutely great YA books are coming out these days, Carol. I think it’s a great thing, and not just for young readers. Of course, anyone who does write a book that makes young people want to read is doing a real public service, as I see it.
Margot I have read some great YA lately – read Night Owls aka My Anatomical Heart Jenn Bennett – brilliant! But not released ere til October so you will have to wait for that review. I do find YA harder to review — especially when I just love the book, when they just “feel right” – so different to reviewing crime fiction I feel…
Hmm… I can’t remember if he’s had female protagonists in any of his adult books? I know there’s quite often good female characters but usually as supporting roles. Though I definitely haven’t read them all, so maybe he has. Although he’s incredibly successful, I always feel he’s still under-rated – for some reason there seems to be a bit of snobbery against his books. Never understood why myself…
This is a great little book and I assume the rest of the series is just as well written. I would like to see some stronger female roles though in his books- he could pull that off I think. Maybe start a new series. I read quite a few of his adult books- years ago but nothing lately.
I have to admit I didn’t know he had a new novel out, but guess I skim the YA sections of listings. Glad you enjoyed it. I have to admit I stopped reading his work after Calico Joe. I know there was a warning up front that it was different, but it was one of my first DNFs!