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Children's Fiction General

Mob, The

by (author) Clem Martini

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2005
Recommended Age
10 to 14
Recommended Grade
5 to 9
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2005
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2004
    List Price

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Out of print

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The Mob is the saga of a crow family, the Kinaars, who are faced with troubled times. When the family converges for the annual Gathering, a mob mounts a revenge attack on a cat --- with disastrous consequences. The Gathering should be a time to rejoice. Instead, it becomes a time of fear, danger and uncertainty, when ancient laws and customs are tested. A tribunal passes judgment --- the instigator of the mob, the impulsive and charismatic Kyp, must be punished. Then, just when the Kinaars are divided over The Mob attack, an unexpected blizzard spells more trouble. They desperately need a safe roost. The family splits, leaving the Gathering Tree to seek shelter in forbidden worlds ...

About the author

Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter with over thirty plays and nine books of fiction and non-fiction to his credit, including Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, winner of the Calgary Book Award, and his most recent anthology of plays, Martini with a Twist. He has served on the boards of numerous writing organizations including the Alberta Playwrights Network, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs. His texts on playwriting, The Blunt Playwright and The Greek Playwright, are used in universities and colleges across the country. He is currently a professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.

Clem Martini's profile page


  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Snow Willow Award, Saskatchewan's Young Readers' Choice
  • Winner, YA Top Forty Fiction, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
  • Winner, Book of the Year Award - Bronze Medal, ForeWord Magazine

Editorial Reviews

The writing is excellent ... [T]he story will leave readers considering their own impulsive decision-making and its consequences.

School Library Journal

[T]here's much to admire about this first novel. it's no easy task to drum up sympathy for main characters generally regarded as unsavory pests, and Martini meets the challenge admirably, parlaying facts about crow behavior into a convincing, wholly absorbing anthropomorphic society.


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