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The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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From the creator of the New York Times best-selling 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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Amazing Narration! Incredibly well written story!

Bronson Pinchot for the win-he makes this great story even that much more intriguing. We found ourselves not wanting to leave the car-waiting for what happens.
There’s a twist and it’s a good one. And we didn’t even see it coming.
The voices are so well done, the speed of narration perfect, the tone-all so good.
Colin Meloy, thank you for this amazing book, we need another one soon please! With Bronson Pinchot narrating!

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  • Flint
  • PETALUMA, CA, US
  • 04-10-18

So fun!

Would you listen to The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid again? Why?

This was such a great listen! Narrator did great voices and we were leaning in to hear what happens next. The language was fun and the imagery painted had us feeling like we were there.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid?

The character development of Charlie and the whiz mob was so great! The moment Charlie realizes what is going down is the best

What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Theaccents and properly pronouncing French places and words ( I had no idea how to say them)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

We definitely laughed!

Any additional comments?

loved it!

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Interesting tale, great performance

12 y/o Charlie, a diplomat's son living in France in the 1960s, becomes involved with a surreptitious gang of pickpockets. Previously shy and relatively friendless, he begins to find himself and gain confidence as he and his friends deceive throngs of clueless, wealthy "marks".

Replete with terrific vocabulary words and plenty of pickpocketing jargon, the book is well-written and keeps readers/listeners engaged throughout. The antics of Charlie and the other kids border on unbelievable at times--the things they get away with!--but still a story you want to keep listening to.

The narration has, at times, an enjoyable "A Christmas Story-esque" sound to it, and narrator Bronson Pinchot navigates through every accent and dialect known to man, while deftly and seamlessly telling the story. Bravo! Recommend.