Quid Pro Quo

Quid Pro Quo

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by Vicki Grant
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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."
KLIATT
This short novel has humor, wackiness, intelligence, and suspense—what else would we wish for young YAs? Cyril's mother Andy had him when she was 15 years old, and now, 13 years later, she finishes law school (with HIS help) and gets a real job in a storefront law office. A man named Byron who is missing a hand shows up at their doorstep, and Andy unexpectedly takes him in, giving him Cyril's bedroom and making Cyril sleep on the couch. What hold does this man have on her? Cyril eavesdrops and snoops and finds out that Byron took a rap for Andy when she was a teenager, and went to jail in her stead. The plot gets really thick, involving arson, blackmailed immigrants, a hypocritical do-gooder, kidnapping, and maybe total ruin for Andy and Cyril. Cyril figures out the crime and the criminal, enlists the help of a buddy and his mother's boss, and sets out to rescue Andy and Byron. It all gets crazier and crazier, with some real laugh-out-loud moments. Andy has an anger management problem and yells a lot and talks like this, especially to Byron: "If I ever see that beeping ugly face of yours again, I'm going to call the beeping cops." She also is fiercely protective of her son, and obviously loves him very much. Cyril isn't confused about her at all, really. Each chapter begins with some legal term, just like the title itself; the author says she is surrounded by lawyers in her own family, so she understands Cyril. KLIATT Codes: J*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2005, Orca, 168p., and Ages 12 to 15.
—Claire Rosser
Children's Literature
This clever novel for middle school readers begins with a great first line: "I started going to law school when I was ten years old." Cyril is now a fourteen-year-old and is familiar with law terms and law in general because his single-parent mom dragged him along to law school classes. Mom even drags Cyril to the law firm that employs her. Suddenly mom disappears and Cyril works hard to decipher notes and files left in his mom's office. An arson case and a former boyfriend of mom's are entangled in the mystery. Cyril investigates with law knowledge on his side. Each chapter has a legal name and definition, such as, "Malpractice" and "Disclosure." There is humor, irreverence and suspense in this book. It is a page-turner with strong characters and a smart plot. The mother-son relationship is unique. Even readers who are not wannabe lawyers will enjoy Cyril's story. 2005, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 9 to 12.
—Jacki Vawter, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Cyril Floyd MacIntyre, 13, is perplexed over the disappearance of his mother, a 28-year-old law-school graduate. He begins his tale with a frank description of his mother's past behaviors. Drug use and a life on the street took their toll on Andy, who, at 15, pregnant with Cyril, began taking more positive steps. She raised her son, continued her education with the aid of public assistance, and became an attorney. When she vanishes, Cyril becomes involved in a web of intrigue and deceit searching for her. His discovery of resurfacing shady characters who played a role in Andy's disappearance makes for a suspense-filled, well-plotted legal thriller. Sure to be a popular choice with teens.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
NY PL
2006 New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551433707
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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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.

Meet 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. More information is available at www.vickigrant.com.

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Quid Pro Quo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Linda Lucarelli More than 1 year ago
I luv it!!!! It so funny and cute!! I totally recommand this book