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ALSO BY JOHN GRISHAM,Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer,Theodore Boone The Abduction. Theodore Boone The Accused,DUTTON CHILDREN S BOOKS. A division of Penguin Young Readers Group,Published by the Penguin Group. Penguin Group USA Inc 375 Hudson Street New York New York 10014 USA. USA Canada UK Ireland Australia New Zealand India South Africa China. Penguin Books Ltd Registered Offices 80 Strand London WC2R 0RL England. For more information about the Penguin Group visit penguin com. Copyright 2013 by Boone Boone LLC, All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced scanned or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission Please do not participate in. or encourage piracy of copyrighted materials in violation of the author s rights Purchase only authorized editions. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data. Grisham John,Theodore Boone the activist John Grisham.
Summary Aspiring lawyer Theodore Boone takes the stand to protect. his political and environmental freedoms in the fourth installment of. the series Provided by publisher,ISBN 978 1 101 59351 6. 1 Lawyers Fiction 2 Courts Fiction 3 Political activists Fiction I Title. PZ7 G88788Thdf 2013,Fic dc23 2013004465, The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third party websites or their content. ALSO BY JOHN GRISHAM,Chapter 10,Chapter 11,Chapter 12. Chapter 13,Chapter 14,Chapter 15,Chapter 16,Chapter 17. Chapter 18,Chapter 19,Chapter 20,Chapter 21,Chapter 22.
Chapter 23,Chapter 24,Chapter 25,Chapter 26,Chapter 27. Chapter 28,Chapter 29, T he opponent was the team from Central the other school in town and the great rival of. Strattenburg Middle School Whenever there was a game or a match or contest of any sort against. Central the tensions were higher the crowds were bigger and things just seemed more important. This was true even for a debate One month earlier the SMS Eighth Grade Debate Team had won at. Central in a packed auditorium and when the decision was announced by the judges the crowd was. not happy There were a few boos though these were quickly hushed Good behavior and. sportsmanship were expected regardless of the contest. Strattenburg s captain was Theodore Boone who was also the anchor the closer the go to guy. when the pressure was on Theo and his team had never lost though they were not quite undefeated. Two months earlier they had tied with the SMS girls team after a rowdy debate on the issue of. raising the driving age from sixteen to eighteen, But Theo wasn t thinking about other debates at the moment He was onstage seated at a folding. table Aaron on one side and Joey on the other all three young men in coats and ties and looking quite. snappy and all three staring across the stage at the team from Central Mr Mount Theo s adviser. friend and debate coach was speaking into a microphone and saying And now the final statement. by Strattenburg from Theodore Boone, Theo glanced at the crowd His father was sitting in the front row His mother a busy divorce. lawyer was tied up in court and upset that she was missing her only child in action Behind Mr. Boone was a row of girls including April Finnemore one of Theo s closest friends and Hallie. Kershaw the most popular girl in the entire eighth grade Grouped behind the girls were a bunch of. teachers Madame Monique from Cameroon who taught Spanish and was Theo s second favorite. after Mr Mount of course and Mrs Garman who taught Geometry and Mrs Everly who taught. English Even Mrs Gladwell the principal was there All in all a nice crowd for a debate anyway. For a basketball or football game there would have been twice as many spectators but then those. teams had more than three contestants per side and frankly were more exciting to watch. Theo tried not to consider these things though it was difficult An asthma condition prohibited. him from participating in organized sports so this was his chance to compete before spectators He. loved the fact that most of his classmates were terrified of speaking in public while he enjoyed the. challenge Justin could dribble a basketball between his legs and hit three pointers all day long but. when called on in class he was as timid as a four year old Brian was the fastest thirteen year old. swimmer in Strattenburg and he enjoyed the confident swagger of a great athlete but put him in front. of a crowd and he wilted, Not Theo Theo spent little time in the bleachers cheering for the other kids instead he hung.
around courtrooms and watched lawyers battle before juries and judges He would be a great lawyer. one day and though he was only thirteen he had already learned the valuable lesson that speaking in. public was important to success It wasn t easy In fact as Theo stood and walked business like to the. podium he felt his stomach flip and his heart race He had read stories of great athletes and their. pregame routines and how many of them were so tense and edgy they would actually vomit Theo did. not feel sick to his stomach but he felt the fear the unease A veteran trial lawyer had once told him. If you re not nervous son then something is wrong, Theo was certainly nervous but he knew from experience it was only temporary Once the game. started the butterflies disappeared He touched the microphone looked at the moderator and said. Thank you Mr Mount He turned to the Central team cleared his throat reminded himself once. again to speak clearly and slowly and began Now Mr Bledsoe makes some valid points. especially when he argues that someone who breaks the law should not benefit from it And that many. American students who were born here and whose parents were born here cannot afford college. These arguments cannot be ignored, Theo took a breath then turned his attention to the spectators though he avoided eye contact He. had learned a few tricks during his career in debate and one of the most important was to ignore the. faces in the crowd They could be distracting They could make you lose your train of thought. Instead Theo looked at objects when he spoke an empty seat on the right side a clock in the back of. the room a window on the left side and as he spoke he continually shifted his gaze from one to the. other This gave the clear impression that Theo was tuned in to the crowd looking earnestly. communicating It made him seem comfortable at the podium something the judges always liked. He continued However children of undocumented workers we used to call them illegal. immigrants have no choice where they are born nor can they choose where they live Their parents. made the decision to enter illegally the United States and they did so primarily because they were. hungry and looking for a job It s not fair to punish the children for what their parents did We have. students in this school and at Central and at every school in this district who are not supposed to be. here because their parents broke the law But we admit them accept them and our system educates. them In many cases they are our friends, The issue was red hot There was a noisy movement sweeping across the state to prohibit the. children of undocumented workers from enrolling in public colleges Those who supported the ban. argued that the large number of illegals would 1 swamp the university system and 2 squeeze out. American students who might otherwise barely qualify for college and 3 consume millions in tax. dollars paid in by real US citizens The Central team had done a good job making these points so far. in the debate, Theo went on The law requires this school system and every school system in this state to. accept and educate all students regardless of where they come from If the state has to pay for the. first twelve years why then should the state be allowed to slam the doors when these students are. ready for college, Theo had some notes scribbled on a sheet of paper in front of him on the podium but he refused.
to look down Judges loved debaters who spoke without looking down and Theo knew he was. earning points All three of the boys from Central had relied on their notes. He raised a finger and said First it s a question of fairness All of us have been told by our. parents that they expect us to go to college It s part of the American dream It seems unfair then to. pass a law that will prohibit many of our students and many of our friends from being admitted to. college He raised another finger Second competition is always good Mr Bledsoe takes the. position that US citizens should be given priority in college admissions because their parents were. here first even though some of these students are not as qualified as the children of undocumented. workers Shouldn t our colleges admit the best students period Across this state each year there are. about thirty thousand openings for incoming freshmen Why should anyone get special consideration. If our colleges admit the best students doesn t that make our colleges stronger Of course it does No. one should be admitted unless he or she deserves it just as no one should be denied based on where. his or her parents were born, Mr Mount worked hard to suppress a grin Theo was on a roll and he knew it He managed to. add just a trace of anger to his voice nothing too dramatic but the right touch that conveyed the. message This is so obvious how can anyone argue with me Mr Mount had seen this before Theo. was moving in for the kill, The third finger was thrust into the air as Theo said The final point is this He paused and. took a breath and looked around the auditorium as though his final point whatever it might be was. going to be so true and so clear that no one in the room could have any doubt There are many studies. proving that people with college degrees have more opportunities better jobs and higher salaries. than people without college degrees It s a head start to a better life And higher salaries mean higher. tax revenues which leads to better schools and better colleges People who are denied the chance to. go to college are more likely to become unemployed and that leads to all sorts of problems. Theo paused again and slowly checked the top button of his jacket He knew the button was okay. but he needed to convey the image of utmost confidence In closing this notion of slamming the. doors of our colleges to students whose parents came here illegally is a bad idea It s been rejected. by over twenty states already That s why the Justice Department in Washington has promised to file a. lawsuit in this state if such a law is passed It is short sighted mean spirited and simply not fair. This is the land of opportunity and at one time or another all of our ancestors came here as. immigrants We are a nation of immigrants Thank you. Mr Mount appeared at the edge of the stage as Theo returned to his seat Mr Mount smiled and. said Let s have a nice round of applause for both teams The audience which had been warned. against expressing support or opposition in any way offered a warm round of applause. Let s take a short break Mr Mount said Theo Aaron and Joey quickly stood and walked. across the stage where they shook hands with the Central team All six boys were relieved the. pressure was finally off Theo nodded to his father who gave him a thumbs up Great job. Minutes later the judges announced the winner, T he necktie and jacket were gone and Theo was somewhat more comfortable in his usual khakis. though the button down white collared shirt was a bit too dressy Classes were over the final. bell had sounded and on this Wednesday Theo made his way to the band hall for a little after school. activity Along the way several eighth graders congratulated him on another fine performance Theo. smiled and took it all in stride as if it were no big deal but deep inside he was quite pleased with. himself He was savoring another victory but doing so without being cocky Don t ever get the. bighead a veteran trial lawyer had once told him Because the next jury can break your heart Or. the next debate could be a disaster, He entered the large band hall and went to a smaller rehearsal room where a few students were. unpacking instruments and preparing for a class April Finnemore was inspecting her violin when. Theo approached Great job she said softly April rarely spoke loud enough for anyone else to. hear You were the best, Thanks And thanks for being there It was a nice crowd.
You re going to be a great lawyer Theo,That s the plan Not sure where music fits in. Music fits in everywhere she said, If you say so Theo opened a large case and carefully pulled out a cello one that belonged to. the school April and a few of the other students owned their instruments Others like Theo were still. renting because they were not sure if this music thing was going to last Theo was in the class because. April talked him into it and because his mother loved the idea of her son learning to play an. instrument, Why the cello Theo wasn t sure nor could he remember why he d chosen the instrument In. fact he wasn t sure he d actually made the decision himself In a string orchestra there are several. violins and violas a large bass at least one cello and usually a piano The girls seemed to prefer the. violins and violas and Drake Brown grabbed the bulky bass There was no one to play the cello. Theo knew from the moment he first held it that he would never learn to play it well. ALSO BY JOHN GRISHAM Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer Theodore Boone The Abduction Theodore Boone The Accused DUTTON CHILDREN S BOOKS A division of Penguin Young Readers Group Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group USA Inc 375 Hudson Street New York New York 10014 USA USA Canada UK Ireland Australia New Zealand India South Africa China Penguin Books Ltd Registered

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