Theodore Boone: The Scandal
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Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows every judge, police officer, and court clerk in Strattenburg. He has even helped bring a fugitive to justice. But even a future star lawyer like Theo has to deal with statewide standardized testing.
When an anonymous tip leads the school board to investigate a suspicious increase in scores at another local middle school, Theo finds himself thrust in the middle of a cheating scandal. With insider knowledge and his future on the line, Theo must follow his keen instincts to do what’s right in the newest case for clever kid lawyer Theo Boone.
"Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist." —The New York Times
"Smartly written." —USA Today
"Edge-of-your-seat drama, sophisticated plotting, and plenty of spunk." —Chicago Sun-Times
"Classic Grisham." —The Los Angeles Times
promised us again that he has quit drinking. We had a great time. Last night he took us out for pizza and subs, something we’ve never done before. I’ve never seen my parents smile and laugh so much.” “That’s great to hear, Pete.” They were walking slowly into the school. “Things are gonna be tough for a while because he lost his job, but he thinks he can find another one pretty soon. He left home early this morning to look for work. He stopped smoking, too, and he promised there would never be
changed a lot more. It’s really weird because I think we knew we would eventually get caught, but we just did it anyway. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?” “No, it doesn’t. It’s important, at least for the next few days, to stay away from the other teachers. I’ll contact the principal in a few moments and get the terms of your suspension.” “You sound like my lawyer.” “I am. We’ll get through this.” “Thanks.” Chapter 16 On Tuesday morning, Theo (and Judge) lay in bed listening to the rain. He didn’t
sipping coffee. Theo made breakfast for Judge and himself. He noticed the morning newspaper lying on the kitchen table, a clear sign that there was something important one or both of his parents wanted him to read. He took a bite of Cheerios and slowly pulled the newspaper closer. The front page headline read: “Five East Middle Teachers Suspended.” Oh boy. He chewed slowly but didn’t taste anything. There were five photos in a row just above the fold. He zeroed in on Geneva Hull, the one who
pitiful as possible as his father went about his routine as if life was just perfect. The weather was gorgeous, the golf course was calling, and Theo couldn’t play. Mr. Boone, however, was planning a marvelous outing with three of his buddies. “Sorry you can’t play today, Theo,” his father said. “But when you skip school you have to take your punishment.” “Thanks, Dad. I thought we already had this conversation.” “Just wanted to remind you.” “I got the message.” “That’s enough, Woods,” Mrs.
and the Honorable Woods Boone.” Theo often wondered why judges and lawyers insisted on referring to one another as “Honorable,” but he had never found a satisfactory answer. Ike scoffed at this practice, said it was because no one else considered them to be so honorable. Judge Gantry said, “Mrs. Boone, as lead counsel, you have filed this motion, so you have the burden going forward. How many witnesses do you have?” Mrs. Boone stood and replied, “Six or seven.” “You may proceed.” “The