Secrets of the Shopping Mall #2020

Secrets of the Shopping Mall By Richard Peck Secrets of the Shopping Mall Trying to escape the vicious King Kobra gang and a troubled life at home eighth graders Barnie and Teresa flee the city With only four dollars between them they hop a bus hoping to find a new life
  • Title: Secrets of the Shopping Mall
  • Author: Richard Peck
  • ISBN: 9780440402701
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • Secrets of the Shopping Mall By Richard Peck Trying to escape the vicious King Kobra gang and a troubled life at home, eighth graders Barnie and Teresa flee the city With only four dollars between them, they hop a bus, hoping to find a new life at the end of the line Destination Paradise Park But Paradise Park turns out to be a cement covered suburban shopping mall not quite the paradise they had hoped for.WithTrying to escape the vicious King Kobra gang and a troubled life at home, eighth graders Barnie and Teresa flee the city With only four dollars between them, they hop a bus, hoping to find a new life at the end of the line Destination Paradise Park But Paradise Park turns out to be a cement covered suburban shopping mall not quite the paradise they had hoped for.With no money and no home to retum to, they are forced to stay And paradise park takes them in in ways than one Barnie and Teresa spend their days and nights in the climate controlled consumer paradise of a large department store And just when they think they can live there unnoticed forever, Teresa and Barnie find that even Paradise Park has its secrets Even in the dead of night, they are far from alone.From the Paperback edition.
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    About "Richard Peck"

    1. Richard Peck

      Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.Richard was crazy about cars when he was young and took pride in the fact that he could instantly identify the make and model of each on coming car He went to college in Exeter, England and then served a stint in the army He then became a junior high school teacher He taught in Illinois and in New York City Then his real steps into the writing profession began While still teaching, he wrote a column on the architecture of historic neighborhoods for the New York Times and contributed articles to the Saturday Review of Literature and the Chicago Tribune as well as other magazines and newspapers In 1971 he left teaching to become a full time writer His first novel was Don t Look and It Won t Hurt Henry Holt, 1999 ISBN 0805063161 Order InfoFor many years Richard Peck signed on as a temporary lecturer for around the world cruises These trips enabled him to travel, to teach and to meet people who sometimes appear in his books He advises young people who want to become writers to get to know people who don t conform to the group This is a common theme in many of his novels.

    513 thoughts on “Secrets of the Shopping Mall”

    1. oh man, another random jogged memory what s great is that i read the description of this book and it didn t ring a bell at all maybe because i don t remember how they got to the mall, but i remember them at the mall and the mannequins and the mannequin war with the skater punks crazy not as artsy as the mixed up files, but hey, who didn t wander around a store or mall when they were little and figure out how they could live there no when you walked into banks did you take note of the security ca [...]


    2. My brother and I were always allowed to choose our own readinga nosy neighbor who used to look after us in the evenings got her hands on this Took it to my mom and tried to get me in trouble for reading books inappropriate for my age I think I was about 11 or 12 Story is about two pre teen kids who escape their inner city lives and leave their gang ridden school to go and live in the mall I guess neighbor lady felt they weren t good role models, being drop outs and all This was a GREAT story, an [...]


    3. I took a YA writing class recently, and one of the other students mentioned that this had been her favorite book as a teen Maybe that got my hopes up too high, but I really wanted to like this book than I did I love the premise of two kids running away from home to live in a shopping mall I think every kid has dreamed of doing that at some point , and the cover image on my old paperback copy two grayish mannequins about to pounce on unsuspecting kids is wonderfully creepy, but the story itself [...]


    4. These unloved kids run away to live in a shopping mall apparently before they used wire grates to cover the individual stores at night and before security cameras And guardsarently Haven t you ever wondered what it would be like Turns out really cool, but not what you d expect Also, you re not alone.


    5. I read this book in high school, and while I remembered the cover and that mall was in the title, I had forgotten the full title and authorbut I never forgot the contents I have wanted this book for years, and knew that when I saw it, I would know it was the title I was looking for.lly, 27 years after high school, I find it and re read it It is different than I remember, but nonetheless good.Barnie and Teresa run away from troubled homes, a horrible school, and a mean gang ready to do them serio [...]


    6. I found this book lying around my house a few months ago and I thought I d make it less lonely and add it to my bookshelf keeping in mind that I would eventually get to it in the future but still it didn t seem like it fitted with the type of books that I usually read and enjoy and also the synopsis didn t really strike me as very interesting and so I never thought about picking it up.However, recently, I made a TBR jar of all the books that I have on my bookshelf and that I haven t read yet and [...]


    7. This was a favorite of mine as a child, and I just reread it for probably the fourth or fifth time The story is about two loners, Teresa and Barnie, who forge an unlikely friendship when they find themselves the target of a bully s rage Afraid of retribution, they hop on a bus and run away, only to end up at a local shopping mall The two decide to hide in a fancy department store after the mall closes and spend the night sneaking around, eating out of the deli area, and avoiding the night watchm [...]


    8. Of all the authors I ve met, Richard Peck is the only one I personally disliked I remember reading this book as a kid Two middle schoolers run away and live at the shopping mall a fairly interesting scenario I guess some of the pop culture references date it Battlestar Galactica is mentioned, and it s not the recent version and it is not a hopeful story Reading it as an adult I can see Richard Peck s lovely attitudes toward schools and the people who work for them shining through, ha.


    9. I like finishing off with a book I actually like, SECRETS OF THE SHOPPING MALL In this book two teenagers who are total losers, run away and live in the mall One of them pretends she works in the mall I forget what the other one does Anyway they get in conflicts with a whole teenage gang that also lives in the mall In the end, they achieve victory and the best part is they KEEP IMPERSONATING THESE PEOPLE the boy I remember now impersonates an exec s son AND STAY IN THE MALL.


    10. As a child, my favorite genre was Kids Getting Up To Mischief In Places Where Kids Probably Should Not Be children in museums libraries shopping malls overnight, runnin around and causin trouble, occasionally encountering easily solved mysteries See also From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler and Help I m a Prisoner in the Library.


    11. Not the best Peck book, but with a title like that, I was interested I think it was an extension of a short story he wrote, in which a short boy and a tall girl make friends and run away from home to get away from a gang, only to live in a shopping mall where an uptown gang lives indoors and a no as uptown gang lives outside the mall and they come to a clash.


    12. Not my favorite Richard Peck book, but a great concept Two runaway teens make a home for themselves in the shopping mall, blending in with the shoppers by day and hiding out from the security guards at night Then they discover that they re not the only ones As I said, it s not my favorite Richard Peck, but there s a delicious Luna like character in it


    13. I ve read this book over over because the story is so vivid yet unrealistic I had it until probably 2006, when I sold 3 4ths of my books Ultimate urban fantasy with great characters Good for kids 4th grade plus Crystal was my favorite secondary character.


    14. I saw the cover of the 1979 Dell printing and had to read it It looked campy, and didn t reflect the real plot The book is definitely not the greatest plot, but presents a unique take on both the survival in a mall and kids as adults genres.



    15. Peck is amusing and strange as ever, with a little thought provokingness included, but not too much to make this than a light read The middle was a bit surreal.


    16. Two lonely, abandoned inner city kids flee their homes Two dollars gets them as far as Paradise Park, an upscale shopping mall They try to live in the mall at night, but soon find they aren t alone.The book is odd It s not much of a spoiler to say that the supernatural element you d think exists doesn t However that makes the book even unrealistic than you think, especially as it winds to a conclusion That tonal inconsistence is the main reason I only give it two stars s very nicely written and [...]



    17. oh man, another random jogged memory what s great is that i read the description of this book and it didn t ring a bell at all maybe because i don t remember how they got to the mall, but i remember them at the mall and the mannequins and the mannequin war with the skater punks.


    18. the title of this book is called secrets of the shopping mall the author is by richard peck the cons challenges of this book is beause they had to struggle so much to get out of king kobra gang and the troubles in they home and to get out of paradise park so they can be freeis book is very special beause is talks about children leaving her really home and they go to another place that itsn t home the pro likes is 5 out of 5ot is Trying to escape the vicious King Kobra gang and troubled life at h [...]


    19. I always find it strange for a story that is otherwise real life introduces a supernatural element In Secrets of the Shopping Mall, Teresa and Barnie, on the run from the Kobra Gang, discover a group of kids at Paradise Park that have the ability to turn themselves into mannequins Neglected at home, they now live at the mall So, what s funny, is that the fact that they can turn into mannequins is only a side note of the story, and seems to be glossed over completely The fact that the story conta [...]


    20. This was an odd book about two outsider kids who run away from home to try to survive in the mall They soon discover that the mannequins come alive at night and hold meetings Eventually there is a war between the mannequin gang ang the skater kids in the parking lot Weird but well written I enjoyed it alot as a kid.


    21. I read this book back when I was an early teen loved it I still read it again from time to time Probably not easy to find any but worth looking for if you enjoy YA books This is a book that will stay in my rotation It s been over 5 years since my last read it was in my attic so I will have to update again after my next read



    22. On my list of top ten favorite kid books I really should actually create this list instead of filing it in my mind There s probably about 30 books on it Anyhow, an awesome fantasy rooted in reality and it s still fresh today Am gratified my 11 year old read and loved it.


    23. Who among us hasn t had a childhood fantasy of living in the mall It s a microcosm of the world, you can find all your needs there Caution this book s subtitle should read How to Make Mannequins Even Creepier.


    24. This is a nice and creepy book because they live in the mall and they have to live off what they can find I liked this book because it was suspenseful and creepy and funny at the same time I normally don t like creepy books, but this book is good.


    25. I thought this book was interesting It turns in to kids running away trying to get somewhere where they are alone but in the end it turns out they are not even close to being alone Well I wouldnt want to spoil the story for you so go ahead and read it yourself.


    26. One of my favorite books growing up I was so excited to find out that I wasn t the only one who remembers this little gem Thanks to this book though, I m still wary of mannequins



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