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Young Adult Fiction Law & Crime

Res Judicata

by (author) Vicki Grant

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2008
Law & Crime, General, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Recommended Age
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
Recommended Reading age
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
    List Price

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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.

About the author

VICKI GRANT left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She has written many books for young readers, including Not Suitable For Family Viewing, winner of the Red Maple Award, Quid Pro Quo, winner of the Author Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Fiction, Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret, Pig Boy and B Negative. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Twitter: @VickiGrantYA

Instagram: @vicki_grantya


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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee
  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award nominee
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"

Excerpt: Res Judicata (by (author) Vicki Grant)

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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."

Atlantic Books Today

"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."

Resource Links

"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."

Canadian Children's Book News

"What a fun book from Orca Book Publishers!...A great choice for your more reluctant readers."

Puget Sound Council


CM Magazine

"A hilarious romp featuring a teenage sleuth and his friends. Recommended."

Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group


Tucson Unified School District

"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."


"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."

The Bookmark (BCTLA)

"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."

Readingjunky's Reading Roost blog

"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."

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