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Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis - The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

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Author Colin Meloy and illustrator Carson Ellis will discuss and sign their newest collaboration, THE WHIZ MOB AND THE GRENADINE KID, a novel for children.

In order to go through the signing line and meet Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis for book personalization, please purchase THE WHIZ MOB AND THE GRENADINE KID from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, we will issue a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line. Your book and signing line ticket can be picked up at the event.

Colin Meloy is happy to sign ONE piece of Decemberists’ memorabilia per person WITH the purchase of THE WHIZ MOB AND THE GRENADINE KID.

A limited number of autographed copies of this book will be available for purchase after the event. If you cannot attend the event, and would like a personalized copy of her book, please call us before the event at (281) 497-8675.


Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, creators of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles, have once again brought their one-of-a-kind, stunning vision to this heist adventure.

"The Invention of Hugo Cabret" meets "Oliver Twist" in this totally original, humorous, and fast-paced novel about a band of child pickpockets, from the creators of the "New York Times"-bestselling Wildwood Chronicles. Illustrations.

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 seems 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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