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SHORT FOR CHAMELEON

Vicki Grant

  • Original Title: SHORT FOR CHAMELEON
  • Publication date: March 2017
  • Publisher: HARPERTROPHY
  • Country: CA
  • 256 print pages
  • Dramedy

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Canada
  • Themes: FAMILY, Intergenerational, Paternity, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Reinventing oneself, Life change, Search for the truth, Double identity, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship

Pitch

Embarrassed by your brother? Estranged from your uncle? Then you might need some help from Almost Family Surrogate Agency. Cam Redden and his dad are rent-a-relatives, available for hire to anyone looking to upgrade.

Comments

Shortlisted for the 2019 Atlantic Book Awards

Vicki Grant is a Canadian writer. Her books have been translated into seven languages and have garnered her recognition from the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Her mysteries have been especially popular. QUID PRO QUO, a comic legal thriller for 10 to 14-year olds, was shortlisted for an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America and was included as a ‘best book’ by The New York Public Library, Bank Street College, and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. It won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime fiction in Canada. NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING, a teen mystery, racked up a long list of nominations and won the Ontario Library Association’s teen choice award, The Red Maple. CBC named it one of the “100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian.”
She is also an award-winning television scriptwriter. She has written almost 100 episodes of children’s TV and is set to begin work on her third documentary.

Summary

Embarrassed by your brother? Estranged from your uncle? Then you might need some help from Almost Family Surrogate Agency. Cam Redden and his dad are rent-a-relatives, available for hire to anyone looking to upgrade.

Cam’s job is all about being whoever other people want him to be. Then two new clients come along. Albertina is an old lady with a big mouth, a bigger wig and a serious mission. Raylene is a beautiful girl with a nose ring, a wonky eye and a painful secret. Now to get to the bottom of the tragic mysteries that fuel them both, Cam may finally have to be himself.

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  • Author’s biography

    Vicki Grant is a Canadian writer. Her books include THE PUPPET WRANGLER, QUID PRO QUO, DEAD-END JOB and NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING. They’ve been translated into seven languages and have garnered her recognition from the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Her mysteries have been especially popular. QUID PRO QUO, a comic legal thriller for 10 to 14-year olds, was shortlisted for an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America and was included as a ‘best book’ by The New York Public Library, Bank Street College, and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. It won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime fiction in Canada. NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING, a teen mystery, racked up a long list of nominations and won the Ontario Library Association’s teen choice award, The Red Maple. CBC named it one of the “100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian.”
    She is also an award-winning television scriptwriter. She has written almost 100 episodes of children’s TV and is set to begin work on her third documentary.