|Title||Quid Pro Quo|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Publisher||Orca Book Publishers|
Narrated in the first person in an immediate and engaging style, Quid Pro Quo tells the story of Cyril MacIntyre, a sarcastic Halifax teen. Cyril’s mother, Andy, is a struggling new lawyer with a difficult personality but a strong social conscience. One day a mysterious man named Byron Cuvelier appears on the MacIntyres’ doorstep and insinuates himself into the household. He clearly knows some unpleasant secrets about Andy’s past as an “adolescent delinquent.” Cyril hates Byron and suspects him of blackmailing Andy. Tensions build, until suddenly both Andy and Byron disappear. After some desperate detective work, Cyril discovers their disappearances have something to do with Bob Chisling, a wealthy real estate developer and one of Andy’s clients. Cyril, with the help of his skater friend Kendall, must now strike out to rescue Andy.
Intended for teen readers, Quid Pro Quo addresses themes of loyalty, friendship, poverty, trust, and justice. The genre is mystery. In Res Judicata (2008), Grant provides a second story about Cyril and Andy.
I’m five foot one and, after a major feed, ninety-two pounds. If you can’t picture what that looks like, here’s a hint: pathetic.
I’ve heard them all. I’m hopeful puberty will improve my stats, but I can’t count on it. Andy seems to be a normal height for a woman, so that’s not giving me any clues, and she either won’t tell me or doesn’t know who my father is. He might be some scrawny guy she just felt sorry for one night, and this is as tall as I’m going to get. Or he could be some six foot three hunk that she fell for, and there’s hope. I guess I’ll know one way or the other in a couple years.