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Res Judicata
By author: Vicki Grant
Selling Points: "Single parents, justice, revenge"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2008
Pages: 184
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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The guy had his hands around my neck and was slamming my head against the floor. I guess he couldn't decide whether he wanted to strangle me or bash my brains in. Either that, or he'd just got tired of killing people the usual way.

Cyril MacIntyre, son of firebrand lawyer Andy MacIntyre, smells something fishy about one of his mother's cases. And it's not just that there are sea lice in the coffee. When Cyril starts investigating the death of a millionaire inventor, he gives a whole new meaning to the term "legal aid." Long on smarts and short on—well, just plain short, Cyril tangles with deranged criminals, indulges in a little bit of B & E and confronts the scariest person in the world—his mother.
Puget Sound Council - October 1, 2009
"What a fun book from Orca Book Publishers!...A great choice for your more reluctant readers."
Library Media Connection - May 1, 2009
"The perfect environment for humor and mix-ups and mystery. The novel features laugh-out-loud bits between mother and son and plenty of hilarious insights...Students who enjoy quick-witted writing and good mysteries will enjoy how well Vicki Grant cracks the case...Highly recommended."
Atlantic Books Today - April 1, 2009
"A fast-paced narrative with a skillfully woven plot and a highly entertaining cast of offbeat characters...[Cyril is] an instantly likeable, wisecracking teen who infuses the story with humour."
Canadian Children's Book News - April 1, 2009
"Funny and clever, with twists and turn in the plot and just a bit of serious thrown in, Res Judicata is a worth sequel to Quid Pro Quo and fans will be left wanting more."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - March 17, 2009
"A hilarious romp featuring a teenage sleuth and his friends. Recommended."
VOYA - February 1, 2009
"A delightful, page-turning stand-alone sequel to Quid Pro Quo...This mix of wisdom beyond his years and familiarly realistic teen concerns makes Cyril a winning, engaging narrator."
The Bookmark (BCTLA) - February 1, 2009
"Cyril's cheerful tolerance of his mother's irresponsibility and lack of organization makes him an extremely charming main character...This book is highly recommended."
Tucson Unified School District - January 1, 2009
Readingjunky's Reading Roost blog - December 27, 2008
"Filled with quirky characters and great detective work. Cyril's off-beat life provides a colorful backdrop for the action, and readers will be kept on their toes right up until the end."
Resource Links - December 1, 2008
"The author's plot development is fast-paced, well-crafted and fun, and makes the whole novel one suitable for even less enthusiastic readers. Highly recommended."
CM Magazine - October 24, 2008


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2008
Arthur Ellis Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2009
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2010
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010

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