With refreshing honesty, heart, and humor and a compelling young narrator the author of the award winning LONE WOLF takes readers back to , and a place where a boy must become a man all too soonIt sin multiethnic Roslyn, Washington, and twelve year old Slava has earned the nickname Cuss because he can swear in fourteen languages In fact, Cuss loves languages, period unlike his older brothers, who left school after sixth grade to work in the coal mines, he likes reading about as much as he likes goofing around with his friends or planning the great grape heist of Roslyn But when bootleggers stir up trouble and force his big brothers to skip town, Cuss feels the weight of family responsibility dropping onto his shoulders How can he hold on to his dream to stay in school and still do the honorable thing by his ma and little brother gr 5 8 290 pgs1925, Roslyn, Washington 12 year old Slava Cuss Petrovich has a gift for languages He can curse in 14 languages and learning Latin in school is a breeze Unlike the other boys in town, Slava is determined not to go to work in the mines His dream is to continue school, but with his two older brothers on the run from the mob and his widowed mother struggling to make ends meet, Slava knows his dream will never happen Instead, Slava must find work to help support his family.The s gr 5 8 290 pgs1925, Roslyn, Washington 12 year old Slava Cuss Petrovich has a gift for languages He can curse in 14 languages and learning Latin in school is a breeze Unlike the other boys in town, Slava is determined not to go to work in the mines His dream is to continue school, but with his two older brothers on the run from the mob and his widowed mother struggling to make ends meet, Slava knows his dream will never happen Instead, Slava must find work to help support his family.The story gets off to a slow start, but picks up speed as the story moves along The ending was a nice surprise It s 1925 in Roslyn, Washington, and a boy named Slava has earned the nickname Cuss because he can swear in fourteen languages In fact, Cuss loves languages Unlike His older brothers,Matt and joey,who left school after sixth grade to work in the mines to earn money for their mom Slava likes reading as much as he likes playing around and planning how to get grapes from the grape train But when bootleggers come to town, cuss brothers are involved and leave to another state.Cuss feels the we It s 1925 in Roslyn, Washington, and a boy named Slava has earned the nickname Cuss because he can swear in fourteen languages In fact, Cuss loves languages Unlike His older brothers,Matt and joey,who left school after sixth grade to work in the mines to earn money for their mom Slava likes reading as much as he likes playing around and planning how to get grapes from the grape train But when bootleggers come to town, cuss brothers are involved and leave to another state.Cuss feels the weight of family responsibility but when he decides to leave to work somewhere else, he gives up and goes home again when he gets to his family something amazing for him happens This actually was based on a true story, when at that time the coal mines were laying off people some didn t have work, and the ones who did have were very lucky this connects to the world from now, because there are many families that have very little money and they can barely have a place to live I rate this book 3 stars Kristine Franklin did a good job with this book, she made it realistic and she used a lot of examples that sometimes happen in the world This book is better for boys, because it shows what were his struggles, and boys would understand better his actions Yet another life time story which was actually quite good and not teribly boring Perhaps part of why I found it so entertaining is because it takes place in my home state Washington and though it is a little disconcerting to read familiar landmarks and towns in a book, discovering the rarely mentioned Washington State in a story always makes me feel a little smug Who doesn t like to read about their home state Especially in such a fascinating era.The storyline could have been farint Yet another life time story which was actually quite good and not teribly boring Perhaps part of why I found it so entertaining is because it takes place in my home state Washington and though it is a little disconcerting to read familiar landmarks and towns in a book, discovering the rarely mentioned Washington State in a story always makes me feel a little smug Who doesn t like to read about their home state Especially in such a fascinating era.The storyline could have been farinteresting I was, in fact, hoping that the trouble Cuss s brothers get caught up in would become the prominent event it involved Mobsters, after all, and Mobsters always promise a good story Sadly, though, this event is given a pretty cursory glance and things return to the daily antics and struggles of Cuss and his relatives Too bad I really started to like the book when it promised Mob involvement Still, even with this basic poor immigrant family struggling to make ends meet storyline, Grape Thief was a book which I would recommend to those who are looking for a leisurely time period story, and which doesn t have any annoying female characters Given the sort of books I have been slogging my way through of late, it was unbelievably relaxing to find a book which mainly had young boy characters Cuss is actually pretty likable, too, as are his friends, though Skinny was, at times, a tiny bit aggravating, but I still liked him for the majority of the book.No complaints a good life time story that, had it pursued the storyline with the Mob, would have made it onto my favorites list, but even so, I intend to buy it A boy named Slava has earned the nickname Cuss because he can swear in fourteen languages In fact, Cuss loves languages Unlike his older brothers ,Matt and Joey, who left school after sixth grade to work in the mines to earn money for their mom Slava likes reading as much as he likes playing around and planning how to get grapes from the grape train But when bootleggers come to town, cuss brothers are involved and leave to another state Cuss feels the weight of family responsibility but A boy named Slava has earned the nickname Cuss because he can swear in fourteen languages In fact, Cuss loves languages Unlike his older brothers ,Matt and Joey, who left school after sixth grade to work in the mines to earn money for their mom Slava likes reading as much as he likes playing around and planning how to get grapes from the grape train But when bootleggers come to town, cuss brothers are involved and leave to another state Cuss feels the weight of family responsibility but when he decides to leave to work somewhere else, he gives up and goes home again when he gets to his family something amazing for him happens I can relate this to the world, when at that time the coal mines were laying off people some didn t have work, and the ones who did have were very lucky this connects to the world from now, because there are many families that have very little money and they can barely have a place to live I have to rate this book 4 stars Kristine Franklin did a good job with this book, she made it realistic and she used a lot of examples that sometimes happen in the world It just didn t make much sense at times This book is better for boys, because it shows what were his struggles, and boys would understand better his actions