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The Family That Practices Law Together . . . .
on June 21, 2010
"The hope of the righteous will be gladness,
But the expectation of the wicked will perish." -- Proverbs 10:28 (NKJV)
Have you ever read a book about a young person who practices law without a license? I haven't. I wasn't quite sure what to expect because the strictures on what a teen can do legally are pretty extreme.
Forget that you've read other books by John Grisham that are filled with really disgusting criminals, overwhelming risk, mind-boggling thrills and action, and unexpected twists and turns. If you expect a book like that, forget Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. It's not that kind of book. Erase all memories of The Client in this regard.
I found TB:KL to be mostly about explaining the law to the 9-12 set. As such, it wasn't bad. It wasn't great, but someone who wants to pick up a little legal understanding amid a story about a murder trial will probably find that this is more fun than reading a non-fiction book.
I found myself comparing this book with To Kill a Mockingbird, which I read when I was a young teen. While that book was very engrossing, filled with heart-pounding scenes, TB:KL is more like a book from the fifties where the kids are smarter than the parents, the parents have no idea what's going on, and everyone lives happily ever after.
The best thing I can say about TB:KL is that the ending strongly suggests a sequel, one that could have some of the normal Grisham thrills in it. One can only hope at this point.
If I had handed this book to any of my children at ages 9-12, I doubt if they would have finished it. And they had an above-average interest in the law.