Theodore Boone: The Accused

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Theodore Boone: The Accused
First edition cover
Author John Grisham
Country United States
Language English
Genre Legal thriller, Young adult fiction
Publication date
May 15, 2012
Pages 271 (first edition)
ISBN 978-0-525-42576-2
Preceded by Theodore Boone: The Abduction
Followed by Theodore Boone: The Activist

Theodore Boone: The Accused is the third book in the series of Theodore Boone.[1] It is written by John Grisham and is the third book that he has written for Young Adults (8-13-year-olds). It went on sale on May 15, 2012. The book opens with the continuation of book two.


The murder trial of Pete Duffy is about to begin and that is all anyone can talk about. Theo has permission from his teacher to be in court for the opening remarks and to report back to the class what happened. It turns out, though, that Pete Duffy skipped town and the trial is postponed. When Theo returns to school he notices that his locker has been tampered with. He doesn't say anything about it, as it would be a hassle to report. However, one day he's called into the principal's office, where two detectives are awaiting him and ask to see his locker. Theo's locker is found to contain three stolen tablets from Big Pete's computer store, which has recently been broken into. From this point on, Theo is considered the main suspect for the robbery. In addition to the false accusation, a picture of Theo leaving the police station and a description of his "crimes" is circulated to the town, which leads to teasing by some schoolmates. During one such round, a friend of Theo's, Woody, steps in and tells the teaser, Baxter, to stop. The two then begin to fight, with Baxter's friend Griff jumping in. Theo then also jumps in, for the sake of his friend. All participants in the brawl end up receiving suspension for two days and probation for a thirty day period. Later, when Theo visits his uncle Ike, Ike proposes the idea that the culprit behind both Big Mac's store robbery is the child of one of Mrs. Boone's clients, a child that prefers their father over their mother. With some digging, Ike and Theo eventually pin down the culprits, who are arrested.


  • Theodore "Theo" Boone - The main character. He is accused of breaking into Big Mac's computer store and stealing various electronics. During the police's investigation, he is teased by many of his classmates due to being the suspect of a crime.
  • Marcella Boone - Theo's mother. She is a divorce lawyer who is handling Linda Finn's divorce case.
  • Woods Boone - Theo's father.
  • Ike - Theo's uncle. He is a key figure in figuring out who actually robbed Big Pete's store.
  • Big Mac- A man who owns a computer store, which is robbed. He is immensely suspicious of Theo, due to Theo's cap being left inside his store.
  • Detective Vorman - One of the detectives assigned to investigate the theft of Big Mac's store.
  • Mrs. Gladswell- the school's principal
  • Jonah Finn - A seventh-grader that attends Theo's school. He, along with his brother, Jessie Finn, rob Big Mac's store and torment Theo due to his mother being their mother's lawyer in an ongoing divorce case. They want to live with their father instead of their mother.
  • Jessie Finn - A ninth-grader that attends Strattenburg High School. He, along with his brother, Jonah Finn, rob Big Mac's store and torment Theo due to his mother being their mother's lawyer in an ongoing divorce case. They want to live with their father instead of their mother.


  1. ^ "Exclusive excerpt of Grisham's 'Theodore Boone: The Accused' -". 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 

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