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category: Children's Fiction
published: April 2005
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Quid Pro Quo

by Vicki Grant

tagged: law & crime, mysteries & detective stories, humorous stories

Quid Pro Quo is a high-stakes, fast-moving legal thriller about real people, and funny people at that. Cyril MacIntyre's mother is a twenty-eight-year-old ex-street kid who drags her son to all her law school classes, then proceeds to get herself kidnapped. That aside, Cyril's life isn't too different from that of other thirteen-year-olds. He has all the usual adolescent issues to deal with: parent problems, self-esteem problems, skin, hair and girl problems. He just has legal problems too. And he's got to solve them if he wants to save his mother's life.

About the Author
Vicki Grant left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She enjoys writing for young adults, with a particular interest in reluctant readers. Vicki's books have gone on to win many awards, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award in 2006. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and three children.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 14
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
  • Winner, CBC Young Canada Reads
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar nominee
  • Commended, Tayshas List
  • Long-listed, Garden State Teen Book Award nominee
  • Short-listed, Ann Connor Brimer Award nominee
  • Short-listed, CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee
  • Winner, Arthur Ellis Award
  • Short-listed, Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch nominee
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age
Editorial Reviews

&quotA narrative laced with lighthearted and self-deprecating humor…Fast-paced and funny.&quot

— Kirkus Reviews

2006 New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list


"The narrator of this thoroughly engaging whodunit is the smartest mouth on two legs any of us could expect to meet."

— The Globe and Mail

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