The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid 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 C

  • Title: The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid
  • Author: Colin Meloy Carson Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780062342454
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 iFrom 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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    1. 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 justI don’t know, chill out for a second? I have places to be and cupcakes to sell and you’re making it impossible for me to put you down thankssomuch.emmareadstoomuch.wordpressThis book is a monster and did not even PRETEND to listen to me. Repercussion [...]

    2. 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 of child pickpockets. As he grows close to these kids, he learns their tricks and trades, slowly becoming a part of the Whiz… but he begins to question the morality of the Mob’s deeds.This chunky tome [...]

    3. 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 described in a vivid and sparkling manner. But there's also excess. Whether or not you thinks the author goes overboard in his lavish descriptions, in his persistent use of pick pocket slang or in his inc [...]

    4. 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) is to make up and write stories about all the people he sees in the cafés and shops while his father is working in France. Everything changes when he discovered that his extra special engraved fountain [...]

    5. 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 A) I am 28 years old and B) sometimes kids are way, way smarter than I give them credit for – I'll let each reader decide for themselves.

    6. Copy provided by Young Adult Books CentralIn 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, but there's something lacking in his life. While writing a story while observing the crush of life around him, he notices pickpocketing going on and then meets Amir. Amir makes off with Charlie's silver [...]

    7. *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 one of the group. While the setting is supposed to be the 1960’s, it is timeless, with its themes of friendship, family, and the ever-present theme of trying to fit in.The main character, Charlie, is w [...]

    8. 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 kids “on the whiz” was distracting and hard to follow. I kind of liked the story when I wasn’t sidetracked by all the details.

    9. 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 was really hoping for another great series.

    10. 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 was a little sad. Being an ARC, the book was missing a lot of the illustrated pages. I love Carson Ellis's illustrations. They are a fun addition to Colin Meloy's quirky style. I'll just have to purchase [...]

    11. Keeping in mind this book was recommended by my 10-year-old son, I quite enjoyed this book. There's are elements of Ocean's Eleven, Robin Hood, and Peter Pan mixed together which give the book a bit of whimsical, juvenile (hall), fun.The main character, Charlie, is a diplomat's son whose life is a bit lonely and boring. He's got a tutor, a driver (when he needs them), but very few actual friends. This all changes one day when he bumps into a group of street thieves organized into a crew. They're [...]

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

    13. 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 recommendations shelving unit.  But, aside from the cover and title, there were a few other things that drew me in: a gang of child pickpocketers, the 1960's setting, and the Marseille metropolitan area.  Was the [...]

    14. This was one of the most unique and delightfully funny books I've read in a while, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author has a talent for breaking the fourth wall in the most hilarious of ways, addressing the reader with playful banter and long-winded asides as if he were telling the story to you himself. For this reason, I feel as though this would make an excellent audio-book, though the illustrations were wonderful as well. This book was actually illustrated by the same person who illustrat [...]

    15. Fantastic! 9/10While not as good as Meloy's previous Wildwood Chronicles, The Whiz Mob is a fun filled ride you won't soon forget.Charlie Fisher is the son of an American diplomat. His father, Charles Sr leads a very lavish life, attending parties, meeting royalty, and traveling the world. While all this would sound very exciting to most kids this age, Charlie finds it frustrating to have to move often, never make any good friends, and the expensive activities his father indulges in doesn't real [...]

    16. The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy centers on young Charlie Fisher, abandoned by his mother and living with his too busy diplomat father in 1960's Marseilles, France. While out alone one day, he observes a theft and gets drawn into an international children's pickpocketing gang called the "whiz mob". Thus begins his adventure of learning the art of the long con. The book is sort of a "modern day" Oliver Twist but not as dark. The reader is often directly addressed (which I persona [...]

    17. 12 year-old Charlie Fisher is the rich, privileged, bored, shy and lonely son of a foreign diplomat to France. He didn’t want to move to France but, when he was 9 years-old, his mom decided she did not want to be a mother anymore and sent him off to live with the father he had never met. One day Charlie witnesses a gang of children pick-pocketing strangers on the street and becomes fascinated with this wild life style and skill. He becomes friends with the mob of kids who take him in and teach [...]

    18. To Meloy's credit, the narrative voice in Whiz Mob is entirely different from that of Wildwood, and the same shift can be seen in Ellis' illustrations. It was by no means another book attempting to capture the glory of a successful series, instead, it stood entirely on its own. That shift, however, was not always for the positive, with the self-indulgent asides from the narrator to the reader that didn't move the story along, or the incredible amount of vernacular to sort through. I fully realiz [...]

    19. I loved this book. I would have loved it as a kid when anything tricky, like pick-pocketing, absolutely fascinated me. I listened to the audio, which I’m just now realizing Meloy narrated himself, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book only got 4 stars from me because I did not like the ending. I thought it fell flat. Which made me sad because I was really interested and invested in where the story was going. I feel like I was so into the characters as they were being built, so into the world- [...]

    20. 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 smell of freshly baked bread, the bustle of fishermen laying out their catch along the quay, the blueness of the Mediterranean sky, the crumbling buildings of the Old Port, and the feeling of being duped by [...]

    21. Engaging read by the author and illustrator of "Wildwood" (and, oh yeah, the Decemberist lead), so plenty of anticipation. Will it match the brilliant whimsical achievement of "Wildwood"? Alas, no, but it is still a lovely read. Meloy is clearly smitten with what he's learned about pickpockets and especially a book he apparently found as source material, and he's eager to get us on board. Most of that aspect of the book is terrifically engaging, but I had less of a passion for it than he did. I [...]

    22. 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 decennier så var det mängder av ord jag aldrig hört tidigare. De flesta av orden har betydligt vanligare synonymer och faktiskt fanns inte ens alla med i Merriam-Webster. Till slut känd [...]

    23. This book follows a boy named Charlie, who is the son of an important American diplomat, Charles Fisher. Sr. Charlie and his father have had to move around a lot, so he never really had any friends and he is lonely. Until, one day in Marseille a boy named, Amir, steals his pen. This first action draws him into an adventure of a lifetime. This book is a classic caper with amazing character and a plot twist that I couldn't see coming. I loved the unique narration style and the way the author would [...]

    24. 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 interjections with little character development. I guess the most accurate reflection of my feelings on this is the fact that even though I purchased it on release dayI will be returning it because I know I [...]

    25. Just wow. I liked The Wildwood Chronicles quite a bit, but I have to say that I LOVED The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid. This has to be Colin Meloy's best writing to date. The story was impeccably told: well-paced, laugh-out-loud funny in several places, and stunningly researched. It could be a bit difficult for any kid younger than a pre-teen but only because the language might be somewhat complex for a grade schooler. Outside of that, I was held in thrall until the very last page. Will he? Wo [...]

    26. This book was very touching and adventurous. While reading The Whiz Mob and The Grendine Kid I was severely touched and interested. This story perfectly represents friendship and good from wrong. Though my favorite part was the very end the last two paragraphs! I recommend this book to anyone who has a sense of adventure and enjoys a new product of friendship and abandonment. The feelings of the characters and the attachment you feel towards them is significant. The contents of this book are bra [...]

    27. This book, just like Meloy’s Wildwood Chronicles, is very fun and transports the reader into a different world. While this book is listed for juvenile readers, Meloy doesn’t think his audience is stupid. He uses vocabulary that isn’t always common which I find fun because I will then look up those words I don’t recognize. He also writes the book so that the narrator addresses the reader which I found very fun and very funny. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wishes for an escap [...]

    28. I win this book in a giveaway. The narrator voice was fantastic - I enjoyed how at times it was done differently from how other books are narrated. Such a great story, and definitely just as good a read for adults as it is supposed to be for young adults. I was able to predict the end, but loved how it was written to happen. The story of Charlie Fisher becoming a Grenadine Kid is one of personal growth and will not disappoint!

    29. I had a hard time staying focused on this story. I didn't like all of the pickpocketing slang. It was annoying trying to figure out what the characters meant. Although, there is a glossary at the end, I didn't like having to use it so much. I did like the setting, Marseilles; I do like reading about France. The ending was interesting, and I enjoyed the twist, but it took way too long to get there.

    30. I normally don't run to the library on the release date of a "young adult" novel, but when Colin Meloy of the Decemberists has authored another one, I'll make an exception. I'm not sure if the average middle schooler will understand the vocabulary in this book any more than the average pop music fan will understand the lyrics of a Decemberists song, but the man knows how to tell a story in any form. Still waiting for Wildwood: The Musical, though!

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