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category: Children's Fiction
published: Aug 2018
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 ones at that. Cyril MacIntyre's mother is an ex-street kid who dragged her son to all her law-school classes, then proceeded to get 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 and hair problems, and girl problems. But he has legal problems too. And he's got to solve them if he wants to save his mother's life.

Quid Pro Quo won the Arthur Ellis Award and the cbc Young Canada Reads 2009 award. It has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar Allan Poe and the Ann Connor Brimer. This 2018 edition has been updated with a new cover.

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
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Commended, Tayshas List
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar
  • Long-listed, Garden State Teen Book Award
  • Short-listed, Edgar Allan Poe Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Winner, Arthur Ellis Award
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch
  • Short-listed, Ann Connor Brimer Award
  • Short-listed, CLA Book of the Year for Children
  • Commended, New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age
Editorial Reviews

&quotInvestigation and legal components will engage fans of straightforward mysteries.&quot

— Publishers Weekly

"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

"Funny, clever! Four and a half stars."

— Today's Parent

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

— Kirkus Reviews

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