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Quid Pro Quo
By author: Vicki Grant
Selling Points: "law, legal thriller, humour, humor"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2005
Lexile Level: 760
Pages: 176
Fiction Ages 9-14
Price:  $7.95
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I hated law school, but if I hadn't spent three years of my life there, I wouldn't have known anything about fraud, blackmail or the principle of equity. In other words, I wouldn't have known what I needed to know to save my mother's life.

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.

Quid Pro Quo is the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award and the CBC Young Canada Reads 2009 award. It has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Ann Connor Brimer Award.
NY PL - March 2, 2006
2006 New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list
The Globe and Mail - November 19, 2005
"The narrator of this thoroughly engaging whodunit is the smartest mouth on two legs any of us could expect to meet."


Ann Connor Brimer Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2006
Arthur Ellis Award, winner  CA  2006
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, commended  US  2006
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2006
CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee, short-listed  CA  2006
Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee, short-listed  US  2006
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age, commended  US  2006
Silver Birch nominee, short-listed  CA  2006
Tayshas List, commended  US  2007
Garden State Teen Book Award nominee, long-listed  US  2007
Red Cedar nominee, short-listed  CA  2007
CBC Young Canada Reads, winner  CA  2009

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