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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

VICKI GRANT left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She has written many books for young readers, including Not Suitable for Family Viewing, winner of the Red Maple Award, Quid Pro Quo, winner of the Author Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Fiction, Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret, Pig Boy and B Negative. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Web: vickigrant.com

Twitter: @VickiGrantYA

Instagram: @vicki_grantya


Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 14
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
  • Winner, CBC Young Canada Reads
  • Long-listed, Garden State Teen Book Award nominee
  • Commended, Tayshas List
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar nominee
  • Commended, New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age
  • Winner, Arthur Ellis Award
  • Short-listed, CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Ann Connor Brimer Award nominee
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch nominee
Editorial Reviews

"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

&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


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