The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

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After witnessing a troupe of pickpockets pull off an incredible robbery in a busy Marseille square, Charlie Fisher agrees to protect one of the thieves if they teach him their ways, leading him into a world of adventure with global stakes.
From the creator 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. -- Publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
Multiscript Copyrightdate: 017
ISBN: 9780062342454
Branch Call Number: j MELOY 2017
Characteristics: 420 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Ellis, Carson 1975-- Illustrator


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Meloy and Ellis (the Wildwood Chronicles) blend shades of Dickens, Rowling, and Robin Hood in the idiosyncratic tale of a 12-year-old American boy in 1960s Marseille. What begins as a lark and a way to make friends quickly turns into something sinister, challenging Charlie's perceptions of the wo... Read More »

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Apr 13, 2018

One of (my) Best books ever. Really good read by the authors of Wildwood.
Thanks for another great book, Carson and Colin!!!

Mar 30, 2018

Really good read

Oct 28, 2017

Sorry for the delay in writing this I just got done clapping. Meloy nailed yet another smart adventure with lovable characters acting in a foreign world. Hard to not want to try out some of the Whiz Mobs moves after reading this one. Bravo Colin, Bravo


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Apr 13, 2018

orange_eagle_377 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99


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