Vicki Grant


Vicki Grant has been called “a superb storyteller” (The Canadian Children’s Book Centre) and “one of the funniest writers working today.”  (The Vancouver Sun).

She began her career creating ads for Chiat/Day and McCann-Erickson, moved on to writing scripts for Theodore Tugboat, Big Comfy Couch and her own Gemini Award-winning series Scoop & Doozie before graduating to young adult fiction. Her fifteen novels have appeared on shortlists for almost every major Canadian award and numerous American ones as well.

Her comic legal thriller, Quid pro Quo, won Best Juvenile Crime Novel in Canada and was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award in the United States. Her YA mystery Not Suitable for Family Viewing won The Ontario Library Association’s Red Maple Award. Vicki has two books coming out in 2017. Short for Chameleon is a comic YA mystery about a boy who works for his father’s rent-a-relative agency (HarperCollins Canada). 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You, a mystery/romance about two teenagers who meet as guinea pigs in a psychological study, will be published by Running Press.

Vicki lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her family.

More about Vicki Grant can be found on her website: vickigrant.com

Author photo by Meghan Tansey Whitton

Fiction

Short for Chameleon (HarperCollins Canada, 2017)

“A near perfect book. It bursts with a unique voice and a delightfully surprising plot. ” – Quill & Quire
Four stars and “Highly recommended” – CM Magazine
“Part mystery, part romance…all heart” – National Reading Campaign.
“Madcap humour…I frequently laughed out loud.” -Canadian Children’s Book News
“Original, hilarious and evocative.” -Resource Links
GVSmallBonescovSmall Bones (Orca, 2015)
“Witty and believable” -Kirkus Reviews
“Fresh and surprising… Highly enjoyable.” -Quill & Quire
“What Don Draper’s daughter would have read at 13.” -The Globe & Mail
“Both long-time fans and those who have never read Grant’s writing will be in for a treat.” -Canadian Children’s Book News


Hold the Pickles When Dan Hogg’s uncle offers him some work at a food fair he is happy until he finds out it means being a hotdog mascot to coax people to try samples.(Orca, 2012)

“Grant is the ‘it’ author for YA humour of the real world. She doesn’t use supernatural elements or expect the reader to suspend belief. And she never condescends to the reader or her characters. She is frank (not furter) and empowers her characters to be bona fide teens, with many positive attributes, as well as a few foibles. Her stories are funny because they could be the anecdotes of some poor teen. In fact, I’m sure that somewhere a reader is remembering a similar incident to one from Hold the Pickles and laughing hysterically…There are many teens, most especially reluctant readers, who appreciate the hi-lo nature of the Orca Currents series: compelling characters, uncomplicated vocabulary, and contemporary plots in a short read. But it’s Vicki Grant’s comic stylings that make Hold the Pickles an exceptional Orca Current book, as it elicits numerous laughs embellishing on the dilemmas of youth.”- CanLit for Little Canadians

“A funny novel about a less-than-cool kid, provides a worthy option for reluctant readers looking for a light but entertaining story. Dan is a very fun character, and he’s easy to relate to… He is a likeable ‘everyguy’ who is just trying to get through regular life while keeping his integrity.”
– CM Magazine
Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret After falling out with the popular crowd, Betsy Wickwire drifts into trouble when she falls in with a new friend (HarperCollins, 2011)

Shortlist, Ann Connor Brimer Award, 2011
Nominated, Snow Willow Award, 2012

“Vicki Grant’s characters jump off the page. She shows an uncanny understanding of young people’s worries and emotions, the depression they often face, the self-esteem that frequently eludes them, and the acceptance they need most. This is a novel at once humorous, captivating and realistic. A multi-layered novel, a striking read.”- Canadian Children’s Book News

“This book magnificently conveys the drama and emotional intensity that so often typify the teen experience… Without ever once belittling Betsy’s reactions, Grant leads her on a journey of healing and self-discovery, and she gives readers the opportunity to watch her come to her own realizations about life, love and friendship. The author not only provides a very authentic depiction of her characters and of teens in general, but she also recognizes and celebrates their capacity to grow and be transformed by their experiences. And she manages to convey these truths in her own unique fashion: with a sly humour always lurking just beneath the surface. While it was somewhat surprising that there was never any eventual confrontation between Betsy and Nick and Carly, the ending is absolutely perfect, highlighting the dichotomy between Betsy’s initial feelings of despair and her new awareness of herself and the world. This book is a sensitive exploration of one teen’s maturation but first and foremost, it is a highly entertaining read that should speak to a wide range of readers.”- Atlantic Books Today

 

B Negative When Paddy learns his blood type during a physical exam prior to enlisting in the army, he starts to question everything he thought he knew about his family. (Orca, 2011)

OLA Best Bet 2011

 

 

Comeback Ria is rich, slim, pretty, popular. If you only knew her at school, you’d think she led a charmed life. When her situation suddenly changes, she decides to take desperate action.
(Orca Books)

Book of Note, TriState YA Review Group, 2011

 

 

Not Suitable for Family Viewing Robin, daughter of internationally beloved talk show host Mimi Schwartz, digs into the surprising past they share.(HarperCollins Canada, 2009)

-Nominee, Stellar Award,
B.C. Teen Readers’ Choice, 2011/2012
-Red Maple, Fiction Award (Grade 7–8)
Ontario Library Association, 2011
-Best Bets for Young Adult Readers 10-best list,
Ontario Library Association
-Battle of the Books Selection, 2011
-Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award Honour Book, 2011
-Best Book, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2010
-Nominee, Snow Willow, 2010
-Finalist, Young Adult Award, Canadian Library Association, 2010
Nominee, Arthur Ellis Award, Best Juvenile Crime Fiction, 2010

“Not Suitable for Family Viewing is an excellent teen novel with interesting characters and a complex plot tinged with both romance and mystery. The whole is peppered with Grant’s wonderful sense of comedy.” – Canadian Materials

 

Nine Doors Against his better judgment, Emery takes part in neighbourhood pranks.(Orca Currents, 2009)

 

 

 

Res Judicata The eagerly anticipated sequel to Quid Pro Quo
(Orca, Fall 2008, optioned for film by Yowza Animation, Toronto)

-Shortlisted, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010
-Nominee, Arthur Ellis Awards,
Best Juvenile Novel, Crime Writers of Canada, 2009
-Resource Links Year’s Best 2008

 

ID When he finds a missing wallet, Chris tries to return it, then wrestles with the fact he looks so much like its owner. (Orca Soundings, 2008)

-Nominee, Golden Oak Award, Ontario Library Association, 2009
-Starred Selection, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Young Adult Fiction, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2008
-Finalist, Arthur Ellis Best Juvenile Crime Award, 2008
-Nominee, YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers,
American Library Association, 2008

 

Pigboy A school trip take a potentially deadly turn. Dan Hogg races the clock to save his teacher and the bus driver held hostage by an escaped convict. (Orca Currents, 2007)

-Nominated, 2009 Utah Beehive Award, Children’s Literature Association of Utah (CLAU)
-Nominee, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers List, American Library Association, 2007
-Forest of Reading Award, Ontario Library Association, 2008

 

Dead-End Job (Orca Soundings, 2006) ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults Readers

 

 

 

Quid Pro Quo A high-stakes, fast-moving and funny legal thriller for teens.(Orca, 2006, optioned for film by Yowza Animation, Toronto, Mirae Media & Books Korea)

-Winner, Young Canada Reads, CBC Radio Halifax, 2009
-Nominated, Garden State Teen Book Award,
New Jersey Library Association, 2008
-Best Juvenile Nominee, Arthur Ellis Award, 2006
-Tayshas Reading List 2006
-Best Children’s Books of the Year – Bank Street College of Education, NYC
-CLA Book of the Year Notable 2006
-Nominee, Ann Connor Brimer Award, 2005
-New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, 2006
-Nominee, Edgar Allan Poe Award, 2006
-Honour Book, Silver Birch Award, 2006

 

The Puppet Wranger (Orca, 2005)

CBC Young Canada Reads, 2006
Finalist, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, 2006
Nominee, CLA Book of the Year for Children, 2005
Nominee, Silver Birch Award, 2005
OLA “Best Bets”, 2005
VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
Resource Links’ Year’s Best, 2004

Non-Fiction

The Halifax Citadel The Dreadful Truth series(Formac 2003)

Agent: Fiona Kenshole