The Whiz Mob And The Grenadine Kid by Colin MeloyThe Whiz Mob And The Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy

The Whiz Mob And The Grenadine Kid

byColin MeloyIllustratorCarson Ellis

Hardcover | October 24, 2017

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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.

Colin Meloy is the author of the bestselling Wildwood Chronicles and is the singer and songwriter for the internationally renowned band the Decemberists. Carson Ellis is the illustrator of a number of books for children, including the Wildwood Chronicles, and is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling and acclaimed...
Title:The Whiz Mob And The Grenadine KidFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 7.75 × 6 × 1.45 inPublished:October 24, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062342452

ISBN - 13:9780062342454


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great and fun read! Such a cleverly written and entertaining story. It's a wonderful read for anyone who loves learning new words (it's filled with great, sophisticated vocab for budding readers) as well as stories with twists!
Date published: 2018-02-15

Editorial Reviews

“Meloy and Ellis (the Wildwood Chronicles) blend shades of Dickens, Rowling, and Robin Hood. Themes of friendship and making amends are skillfully woven throughout. And Meloy’s attention to detail vividly evoke the period setting.”