The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy audiobook

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

By Colin Meloy
Read by Bronson Pinchot

Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins 9780062342454
10.08 Hours 1
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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.

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Summary

Shortlisted for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An infectious—and at times cinematic—adventure suffused with personal growth, secrecy, slight of hand, and higher stakes than the story’s protagonist ever imagined.” Booklist (starred review)
“Extravagant vocabulary and Meloy’s attention to detail vividly evoke the period setting.” Publishers Weekly
“With equal doses of humor and action, this is likely to attract a fairly wide range of voracious readers.” School Library Journal
“A gleefully metafictional caper and middle-grade picaresque.” Kirkus Reviews
“Narrator Bronson Pinchot creates a distinct accent for each member of the Whiz Mob gang…Pinchot balances an evenly paced narrative with moments of exciting dialogue, sometimes even taking a break from the story to speak directly to the listener about what will happen next. Listeners will be intrigued.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Colin Meloy

Author Bio: Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy once wrote Ray Bradbury a letter, informing him that he “considered himself an author too,” when he was ten. Since then, he has gone on to be the singer and songwriter for the band the Decemberists, where he channels all of his weird ideas into weird songs. With the Wildwood Chronicles, he now channels those ideas into novels. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Runtime: 10.08
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English