Quid Pro Quo

  • Pages:224
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:law, legal thriller, humor, detective, male narrator
  • Available:08/28/2018
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:760L
  • ATOS:4.8
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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.
"Funny, clever! Four and a half stars."
– Today's Parent
"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
"A narrative laced with lighthearted and self-deprecating humor…Fast-paced and funny."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Investigation and legal components will engage fans of straightforward mysteries."
– Publishers Weekly
Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children's Literature   | 2006  |  Short-listed
The Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award - Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book   | 2006  |  Winner
Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee Best Children's Books of the Year   | 2006  |  Commended
Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Our Choice   | 2009  |  Commended
Canadian Library Association (CLA) Book of the Year for Children   | 2006  |  Short-listed
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) Edgar Awards - Best Young Adult   | 2006  |  Nominated
New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Young Adult Section Garden State Teen Book Award (GSTBA) - Fiction, Grade 6 to 8   | 2008  |  Nominated
New York Public Library (NYPL) - Books for the Teen Age   | 2006  |  Commended
Young Readers' Choice Book Awards of British Columbia (YRCABC) Red Cedar Book Awards   | 2007  |  Nominated
Forest of Reading Silver Birch Fiction Award   | 2006  |  Nominated
Texas Library Association (TLA) TAYSHAS List   | 2007  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2019  |  Commended