Book Name – the scandal
Author – John Grisham
Publisher – Hodder
Pages – 212
Price – Rs 299
Like his colleague Harlan Coben, and indeed several other veteran writers, John Grisham has begun catering for a new audience: children. Grisham’s contribution to the genre (specifically the 8-13 years old demographic) is Theodore Boone, a thirteen year old “lawyer”, in that he is well-versed with the law and has argued at various courts, including the highest in the land. He just isn’t a lawyer. Technically.
In any case, The Scandal sees our hero mired in his sixth adventure when a scandal (what else?) blows up in the schoolyard and beyond, involving teachers and his best friend, April. As their careers and futures get jeopardised, Theodore and his cohorts must race against the clock to get to the bottom of the case. Of course, everything that can go wrong does, and of course, our young and intrepid not-quite-lawyer and his friends get past them.
Parents wanting a law career for their kids should pick up a copy of this. The rest of us — oh well!