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.
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February 18, 2018
Sometimes, a book just clicks. Right away. No work required: it grabs you from the beginning and absolutely refuses to let go, even when you’re like, Uh, hey, book? I have to go to sleep. It’s three a.m. Or, Excuse me, book? If you could just...I don’t know, chill out for a second? I have places...
February 09, 2018
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid is a middle-grade heist novel by Colin Meloy. It takes place in early 1960s Italy and follows a young boy named Charlie who, lonely of his breezy lifestyle of traveling with his father and never making any real friends, gets wrapped up in the Whiz Mob, a group o...
January 19, 2018
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...
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)...
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...
August 20, 2017
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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,...
January 12, 2018
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher at ALA Annual 2017. This is an honest review.*
This book is wonderful. I was transported into an entirely different world with the lingo of the whiz mob, and it was fun to watch Charlie, who would normally be a mark for these cons, to become...
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...
December 15, 2017
I didn't really finish this - I just got bored with the premise of children in modern day France being pickpockets and getting away with it, and not feeling any remorse of what they were doing.
The writing was very well done, had read the previous series by Colin, which I had enjoyed greatly, so I...
December 26, 2017
I've got to start by saying I was excited to get an ARC from HarperCollins. It's always awesome to get a book that I wanted to read for free, and it gives me a good excuse to move a book up my TBR and take a break from all the other series I'm in the middle of. Upon opening the book, however, I w...