I like the story. It kept my interest and I liked the characters and the mystery. For a young person that is reading this it explained court processes very well. I would not start 8 yr olds with this though. Maybe 10 & up. Theodore's uncle smokes and drinks and as a joke the uncle offers Theo a beer or Sprite.(Theo is in middle school). This part bothers me. Of course, Theo accepts the Sprite. The author also brings up the subject of battered women and shelters and other subjects that an 8 yr old (3/4grade) really doesn't need to read. This area could have been left out and the story would still have been good. So, overall review is good. I purchased the book for my church library and read all youth/young adult books for the content. I like almost all of the book, it is just the touchy topics that some parents may want to be aware of. John Grisham is an excellant adult author.He is capable of writing a book for youth that is exciting and suspensful w/o smoking, drinking and the like.