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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 224
Themes: loyalty, the law, humor, crime, mystery, adolescence
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 28/Aug/2018
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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.

Today's Parent
"Funny, clever! Four and a half stars."
The Globe and Mail
"The narrator of this thoroughly engaging whodunit is the smartest mouth on two legs any of us could expect to meet."
Kirkus Reviews
"A narrative laced with lighthearted and self-deprecating humor…Fast-paced and funny."
Publishers Weekly
"Investigation and legal components will engage fans of straightforward mysteries."


Ann Connor Brimer Award  | 2006 | Short-listed
Arthur Ellis Award  | 2006 | Winner
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year  | 2006 | Commended
CBC Young Canada Reads  | 2009 | Winner
CCBC Our Choice  | 2009 | Commended
CLA Book of the Year for Children  | 2006 | Short-listed
Edgar Allan Poe Award  | 2006 | Short-listed
Garden State Teen Book Award  | 2007 | Long-listed
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age  | 2006 | Commended
Red Cedar  | 2007 | Short-listed
Silver Birch  | 2006 | Short-listed
Tayshas List  | 2007 | Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2019 | Commended

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