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The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

By: Colin Meloy

Illustrator: Carson Ellis

The young son of an American diplomat joins a secret society of pickpockets in Marseille.

ISBN: 9780062342454

JLG Release: Feb 2018


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Awards & Honors

ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, Older
Booklist Top of the List Editor’s Choice, Fiction Middle Readers
BooklistTop 10 Books of 2018, Historical Fiction for Youth

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Charlie Fisher lives with his neglectful diplomat father in Marseille, France, in 1961. Outside of the time he spends with his tutor, Charlie wiles away his hours alone—until the day he observes a group of child pickpockets at work and realizes he’s been one of their marks. Instead of being angered by this, Charlie is curious. After fol Charlie Fisher lives with his neglectful diplomat father in Marseille, France, in 1961. Outside of the time he spends with his tutor, Charlie wiles away his hours alone—until the day he observes a group of child pickpockets at work and realizes he’s been one of their marks. Instead of being angered by this, Charlie is curious. After following the boy who stole his pen and saving him from the police, Charlie asks Amir to teach him how to be pick pockets too. The more Charlie learns about the group, known as the whiz mob, the more he feels like he’s finally found some friends and a place to belong. But as Charlie gets pulled further into their world, he discovers that this is no ordinary band of thieves. The whiz mob originates at the School of Seven Bells in Colombia, where all the group members were trained and tested. The whiz mob he knows is only one of many located all over the globe. Charlie’s relationship with the mob changes dramatically when his new hobby suddenly has global implications and he finds that those he considers his friends may not have his best interests at heart. Meloy offers detailed descriptions of both Marseille and the young thieves. The unusual vocabulary makes the glossary at the end a necessity for understanding whiz mob dialogue. VERDICT With equal doses of humor and action, this is likely to attract a fairly wide range of voracious readers, especially fans of Meloy’s “Wildwood Chronicles.”—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT

Book Details

ISBN

9780062342454

First Release

February 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

7 3/4" x 6"

Page Count

448

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.2; Points: 14;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.5; Points: 18;

Lexile

Level 840L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Balzer + Bray

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

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