The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy

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Read The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid Online Free - From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles comes an original, humorous, and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of child pickpockets—imagine The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets Oliver Twist.

It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible. Right before his eyes, in a busy square in Marseille, a group of pickpockets pulls off an amazing robbery. As the young bandits appear to melt into the crowd, Charlie realizes with a start that he himself was one of their marks.

Yet Charlie is less alarmed than intrigued. This is the most thrilling thing that’s happened to him since he came to France with his father, an American diplomat. So instead of reporting the thieves, Charlie defends one of their cannons, Amir, to the police, under one condition: he teach Charlie the tricks of the trade.

What starts off as a lesson on pinches, kicks, and chumps soon turns into an invitation for Charlie to join the secret world of the whiz mob, an international band of child thieves who trained at the mysterious School of Seven Bells. The whiz mob are independent and incredibly skilled and make their own way in the world—they are everything Charlie yearns to be. But what at first seemed like a (relatively) harmless new pastime draws him into a dangerous adventure with global stakes greater than he could have ever imagined.

Title : The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid
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ISBN : 0062342452
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 432 pages


Munro's rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 06, 2017

Here's the thing: when the narration wasn't getting in its own way, I enjoyed this book. There's plenty to like about a tale of a secret society of pickpockets in 1960s Marseille. There's scenes of derring do, there's a satisfying con, there's a jumble of lively characters and there's a setting d...

Shannon rated it ★★★★★

May 08, 2017

Charlie is lucky to be the son of an American diplomat, he gets to visit places all over the world with his father, but he has no friends and he is bored, so bored. The only thing he has found to resolve the ennui (Ennui: ahn-wee: A feeling of discontent resulting from lack of interest; boredom)...

Emily rated it ★★★★★

December 07, 2017

FANTASTIC. Colin has not disappointed so far. When things took a sharp turn at the halfway point, my heart raced all the way to the finish. Though I won't detract a star for this, I will admit that I can't actually see this as middle grade – I sort of felt the same way about Wildwood – but since...

Ms. rated it ★★★☆☆

August 20, 2017

Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central In 1961, Charlie Fisher is a poor little rich kid whose mother has decided that she's tired of caring for him, so he gets shipped off to stay with his father, a diplomat living in Marseilles, France. He has a tutor, and gets to go to lots of posh events,...

Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ rated it ★★★☆☆

November 03, 2017

I’m hesitant to call this middle grade fiction as it’s just so long and ripe with overzealous descriptions of the setting and tedious accounts of the pickpocketing taking place. I don’t think it would hold the attention of a middle grader. Also, the constant presence of the slang terms used by ki...

John rated it ★★★☆☆

December 06, 2017

A 3.5 Fun! Meloy's storytelling and sense of humor shine. The last 100 were not as good for me as the first 300.

Amy rated it ★★★★★

August 08, 2017

I think I read this book in two days, it was that good.  The cover and the title is what first drew me to it, and I asked my boss if we could get an advanced reader copy of it in, and I am so glad she did.  In fact, I can't wait until the book comes out so I can put it in our staff recommendation...

Elizabeth rated it ★★★★★

July 03, 2017

It all begins with the theft of an ink pen . . . The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid is a thrilling romp through the streets of 1960s Marseille in the shoes of Charlie Fisher, the young son of an American diplomat. This story plunges readers into the vibrant life of the city, conjuring up the smel...

Monika rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 27, 2017

Den här boken påstås vara för barn mellan 8 och 12 år, vilket jag ställer mig högst frågande till. Språket är otroligt komplicerat och inget för den ovane läsaren. Orden i sig kanske inte är så svåra, men efter att ha läst och pluggat på engelska och tittat på engelska program på TV i flera decen...

Sarah rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 27, 2017

2.5 rounded down out of sheer disappointment. Loved the Wildwood trilogy. Got super excited when I heard they had finally written another one. Pre-ordered it months in advance. Began reading it on release day. Quickly went down hill. "Plot" consisted mostly of bizarro slang and random narrator int...

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