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When thirteen year old Charlie Lawson discovers a giant (yes, a real GIANT) hiding in an abandoned warehouse, he's finds himself smack in the middle of a doctor's evil plot to capture these harmless, gentle creatures and harvest their growth hormones.

On the other side of this fight, a small secret group of humans try to help the giants-Bruce, in particular--from being expo
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
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Steven R. McEvoy
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, great story. Full review to follow closer to publication.
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I was privileged to read a review copy of this book months before it was released. From the first glimpse of the cover, through reading the description of the book I was very keen on reading it. It did not disappoint. This was the first book I have read by either Pauls or Solomon and I really hope there will be more. I must warn you this is a highly addictive read. If you find at times you have a hard time putting down boo
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Heather
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Charlie's biggest thrill lately has been being the reigning champ of Total Turbo, an online driving game. His biggest annoyance is D.J., his mom's new boyfriend, who tries too hard to be his friend. And his biggest adversary has been the school bully, Fitz.

When Charlie decides to explore a seemingly abandoned warehouse across the street from his apartment, he is in for the biggest surprise of his teenage existence so far. Bigger than when his brother ran off to join the circus! Charlie comes fa
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Kitty
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I have known one of the authors(Matt Solomon) for more than 20 years. There's a chance I'm biased, but only a very small chance.
The Giant Smugglers reminds me a lot of the books I read when I was younger, with a lot of action and just a touch of the supernatural.
I would describe it as a cross between Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and the X-Files. A young boy is stoked when he discovers a 25 foot giant in a warehouse across from his apartment in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He has
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Kathleen
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I liked the idea of the story and I feel it has promise as a series, the abrupt ending of this book left me with much the same feeling as the Merlin Series ending; it was too quick, it was too jarring, and it left way too many unanswered questions. For instance, what happens to bruce?; are DJ and Charlie's Mom angry at him?; what happens to Wertzie and what about the other smugglers?, What about Fitz?; His Father?; What happened to Barton?; The experiments?. I could go on. The only reason ...more
Saleena Davidson
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I misunderstood this one, thinking it was giants doing smuggling (like really big pirates); but instead it's about a boy who finds a giant that is being hunted for his extraordinary DNA by evil scientists...and he has to smuggle the giant to safety and also the kids have to defeat the evil scientists. This is a cute adventure that will definitely appeal to younger tweens and teens....a fun, fast read.
Mrs. Scott
This novel has a lot of action and a decent premise, but is weak on characterization of ANY characters. It feels like the characters were just put in place to do a certain job in the story, and who cares what it really means to them, to us, to larger world.
Sarah
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Did not finish. The characterization in this novel was unfortunately weak. I found it a bit like a novelization of an action movie. The characters are put in place to serve a particular purpose in the story and thus were not developed in a way that I found meaningful.
Serina
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
The first half is pretty solid and interesting. However after the one dimensional bully becomes a giant, everything quickly falls apart. The main friendship of the giant and boy were nicely developed. However alot of the characters were unlikeable. It then turns into a typical action movie with tons of out of nowhere twists that have no emotional impact or meaning. It became difficult to guage how strong or how the giants fit into the world around. There also seemed like either the authors had a ...more
Sandy
4.5 stars I found this novel’s cover intriguing so I had to read it. Inside, I found a story about a simple giant who was trying to make his way home via a network of smugglers and Charlie, a young boy who befriends the giant and together they have quite a journey. Charlie loved on-line video games, he was a champ, life was good until he met Jamie and then Charlie decided it was best if he tried to keep out of Jamie’s line of vision. Jamie was out to get Charlie. Charlie immediately felt a conne ...more
Miss_Nelson
Charlie's biggest thrill lately has been being the reigning champ of Total Turbo, an online driving game. His biggest annoyance is D.J., his mom's new boyfriend, who tries too hard to be his friend. And his biggest adversary has been the school bully, Fitz.

When Charlie decides to explore a seemingly abandoned warehouse across the street from his apartment, he is in for the biggest surprise of his teenage existence so far. Bigger than when his brother ran off to join the circus! Charlie comes fa
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Kathy Martin
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
THE GIANT SMUGGLERS was a fast-paced and exciting adventure story. Charlie, who loves playing video games, is surprised to meet a giant hidden in the abandoned warehouse next to his apartment building. The two become fast friends. After watching some old Bruce Lee movies and watching the giant duplicate Lee's moves, he names the formerly nameless giant Bruce.

Charlie and Bruce both have enemies. Charlie is on the run from the new kid in school who has a fierce temper. Fitz has just come to the ar
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Jarrett Bell
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A new fresh story on Dahls BFG. If you have seen Disney's "Iron Giant," this is very similar. The first half was very intruguing with excellent character development. The last half was jammed with fast paced excitement. While YA readers will find this book hard to put down, the writing at times is under explicit: I found myself reading the same sentences over and over not understanding what was happening. Becuase of this the last half of the book feels disappointingly crammed together. Still, an ...more
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Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Literary Merit: Good
Characterization: Great
Recommended: Recommended
Level: Middle School

"The Giant Smugglers" by Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon is a character driven story that sets the story up well in at the start, and leads to a fast paced second half. Readers who enjoyed Dahl's BFG will find a readalike in this tale. Ultimately, the writing is held back by some confusing sentences in the middle and end. Otherwise, worth picking up!
Claire
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fast paced fantasy adventure, with friendship as the central theme. Charlie, and his mom, live in a generic small town, and the highlight of his day is to log on to his favorite online video game. That changes when he discovers a young giant hiding in an abandoned warehouse across from his apartment building.
This book will especially appeal to boys - I know of a few who will want to read it!
Lace
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a children's book geared toward middle grade readers, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. This book was a very fast paced adventure with no dull moments. I would highly recommend this book.
Paula Ackley
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't realize that The Giant Smugglers was a young adult book until after I started to read it. No matter. It is fast paced, full of adventure, easy to read, a great story, and original. A perfect book for a tween and any adult who sometimes still feels like one
Gina Schaarschmidt
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ms-fantasy
Can't decide whether it's a 3.5 or 4, but it was cute and entertaining. I expected it to be a spin on the BFG, but it isn't.
Michelle
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grade school, Middle school, boys
What kid doesn't like a fun adventure about giants? Great story.

Ms. Kahn
My review for this book will be published in School Library Journal.
Chris
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An exciting adventure for older children and teens!
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Chuck Ledger
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought the writing was uneven.....but the basic story was good.
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