I didn't know what to expect when I opened John Grisham's Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover a very enjoyable book! It was highly recommended by a student, and I was not disappointed. It had all the excitement of my beloved Nancy Drew series, along with all the wit of Encyclopedia Brown...not to mention courtroom scenes that would have Jem and Scout hiding in the rafters to see the action!
What I liked best, though, was the clear description of what happens in a criminal courtroom. I plan to use the opening chapters as a read-aloud with my students so they can develop a sense of what a "real" courtroom experience might be.