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Chuck and I are long time fans of John Grisham. In fact, Chuck is the one who introduced me to Grisham’s writing. When we were living in Hawaii as newlyweds we didn’t own a car. I was pregnant and sick. I rode my bike to the University of Hawaii Monday though Friday and to the grocery store on Saturday. Bike riding was no longer a leisure activity and it lost
all some of its charm. Any unnecessary bike riding just wasn’t happening for me. Chuck, on the other hand, was twenty-three and not pregnant. He was living in Hawaii with his beautiful, glowing bride and had plenty of energy. Once a week or so he would ride his bike to the local library and check out a backpack full of books. I would peruse them and choose a few to read. Zane Gray and Louis L’Amour were out. John Grisham and Michael Crichton? They were in.
[I will admit, I found both Pelican Brief and A Time to Kill disturbing.]
Boone lives in a small town and dreams of becoming a lawyer. His dream comes true, kind of, when he gets drawn into murder trial. This legal thriller is aimed at kids and hits the mark head on. And sometimes leads to funny conversations. A couple of weeks ago I was in the living room reading (of course) when I overheard Jubliee say to Chuck,
“Dad, are you finished with the abduction?”
It took me half a beat to realize she was talking about Theodore Boone: The Abduction and not an actual crime.
Here is Jubilee’s brief summary:
“A snoopy 13-year-old who finds out too much about everything and somehow manages to save the day every time. My favorite book was The Fugitive. Theo sees the guy from the first book who ran away after his mistrial. Theo also managed to get a video of him. One thing I don’t like about these books are they are too predictable. I would recommend them to anyone who can read because my dad likes them and I like them.”
Who is your favorite author? Do you and your kids enjoy the same books?