Malice

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From the amazing imagination of Chris Wooding, a heartstopping mix of thriller and graphic novel.

Three kids get trapped in the world of a deadly comic book in this middle-grade thriller from Chris Wooding.

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Overview


From the amazing imagination of Chris Wooding, a heartstopping mix of thriller and graphic novel.

Three kids get trapped in the world of a deadly comic book in this middle-grade thriller from Chris Wooding.

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Depending on your sense of adventure, it's your worst nightmare or your favorite secret fantasy: You and your friends are suddenly trapped in the world of a dangerous comic book adventure. In Malice: You Can't Escape, Chris Wooding tells the story of the reality plunge of Seth, Kady, and Luke with an artful combination of prose narrative and comic art.
Publishers Weekly
Toying with the menace and adventure of urban legends and comic books, Wooding (The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray) introduces readers to the bizarre realm of Malice in this novel/comic book hybrid. Every kid knows how to get there: gather certain ingredients and call six times for Tall Jake, and he may come to steal you away. When their friend Luke vanishes, Seth and Kady theorize that he was taken by Tall Jake, and begin to investigate. Then Seth disappears as well, sucked into a world where mechanical monsters stalk the unwary and the only way home is to obtain a rare white train ticket. As Kady continues to uncover secrets in the real world—including her own connection to Malice—Seth and a new friend undergo a harrowing journey seeking answers. The cliffhanger ending means that many of those answers must wait until the second book, Havoc, planned for 2010. But the fast-paced story line and whimsically dangerous setting will capture plenty of attention. Even more eye-catching are the interspersed sections where comic book panels replace textual narrative (as well as the three-dimensional cover), making this a memorable multimedia experience. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)\
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
An underground comic book called Malice is gaining quite a following among youth. Its popularity is aided by the gruesome rumor that those who perform a particular ritual will be taken into the comic. It sounds unbelievable, but many of the comic book images do resemble kids who are known to be "Missing." A black feather. A twig. A knot of cat fur. A tear. A clump of hair. Fire. And the phrase "Tall Jake, take me away!" repeated six times. That is what it takes to get the attention of Tall Jake and become a part of the ghastly world of Malice. When friend Luke performs the ritual, he disappears. Later, Seth sees the death of a character he believes to be Luke in the comic book's pages. Seth decides to enter the comic, too, to avenge his friend's death and save the other teens from that horrendous world. It is a disgusting place filled with violence and longing, monsters and clockwork creatures. There are more trapped teens than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, the boys' friend Kady is searching London for the comic. Before long, her efforts come to the attention of those who want to preserve Malice—at any cost. Wooding and Chernett attempt to marry text and comic formats in this work, with mixed success. Readers of horror/fantasy genres may appreciate this gruesome, chilling book. This is the first in a series. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—"Tall Jake, take me away." Say the words six times, burn the secret ingredients, and you will be whisked into the comic-book world of Malice—or so the rumor goes. Seth and Kady don't believe the stories for one second. The teens who have disappeared must be runaways, and the artist who draws the comic must use the missing persons' photos, right? Then their friend Luke disappears, and only a few days later a character who looks remarkably like him appears in an episode of Malice. Seth decides to go into the comic to stop Tall Jake from taking any more kids. When he arrives, he discovers a world with violent clockwork creatures, monsters that drink time, and other trapped teens. Meanwhile, in the real world, Kady begins searching London for the source of the comic, and in doing so finds herself in more danger than she ever imagined. Complete with erratic comic-book panels in which heavily slashed lines enhance the chaotic violence of the novel, this nail-biter will keep readers glued to the story until the very last page is turned. In Malice Wooding has fashioned an elaborate fantasy in which the world is dark and the peril is real. Seth and Kady are strong and exciting characters, and readers will be left holding their breath until the sequel, Havoc, is released.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
Kirkus Reviews
In this hybrid-format horror/fantasy restless teens in search of adventure pass back and forth between their world and Malice-a tenebrous, ruined city stocked with clockwork monsters and other hazards. Seth's suspicions about a string of disappearances are confirmed when he actually spots a vanished acquaintance being killed by toothy attackers in the pages of a strange, hard-to-get comic. Soon he and his best friend, Kady, find a way into that comic's plane, where they discover allies both human and otherwise, as well as hints of a resistance to the evildoers who have wrested the city of Malice from its rightful ruler. Chernett illustrates selected high spots with sections of dark sequential panels filled with jagged shapes, confused action and oddball sound effects: "THOOM! RRRROOOWWRR-RRRUNCH." Eventually all the narrow escapes and ominous scritching sounds in the dark seem repetitive, but for readers who value thrills over psychological depth this series kick-off offers plenty of brisk action. One sequel announced, so far. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545160438
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Malice Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 108,190
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author


Chris Wooding began writing at the age of 16, and his first novel Crashing was published when he was 19. Since that time, he's written dozens of novels in several genres, notably the award-winning The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray; Poison; Storm Thief; the Malice series; and the graphic novel, Pandemonium.
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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    My 9-year-old's interpretation

    Some parts were kind of creepy. It's about some kids who have heard about a comic book that the stuff in the comic book really happens and all they have to do is say a couple of words and they will be taken to the world where the comic book stuff takes place. Some friends got into the book and they met a new friend named Justin and he had been in Malice for a long time. One of the friends named Kady had been to Malice before but her mom hypnotized her to make her think that she had been in San Francisco with her cousin Jess. I found the book really interesting because it was creepy.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

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    A Real Page-Turner

    This book is a lot of fun to read. There's non-stop action inside this attractive looking book. It's part novel/part graphic novel and I think YA fantasy readers can appreciate this combination which works extremely well for this book/series in particular.

    Since almost anything can happen, this story has you on the edge of your seat pretty much the whole time. The narrative is great and the characters are pretty well written. There are nice transitions between the real world and that of Malice. I like how the characters are adventurous; it keeps the story exciting.

    The graphic novel parts of the book really complement the story. They're refreshing. They give an idea of what the author had in mind. The illustrations are stunning. Because of the format of this book, I think it may attract many readers, especially those who are perhaps a little reluctant to read.

    Malice is a dark but fascinating world. There's still lots to learn about the characters and how Malice works and so I'm looking forward to the sequel, Havoc. There's still lots to explore, so I have a feeling there will be more after Havoc, at least that's what I'm hoping for. (bambireads.blogspot.com)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

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    Creepy Good

    This is a edge of your seat creepy good
    Thriller. I have read several of Chris Wooding's works.
    He mixes contemporary settings and the fantastical very
    well. I know this sounds lame but give it a chance.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Creepy and Addicting

    My librarian reccomended this book to me and I couldn't thank her enough! This book was scary, but at the same time impossible to put down. I reccomend this book to people 12+ because it can get VERY creepy if you let your imagination run a little too wild. But Malice has made it to my top 10 list!!!!

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    Very Cool & Fascinating!

    Malice is one of the best books I have ever read! I would recommend this book to anyone that like a little bit frightening but adventurous story's! I read cover to cover in 4 days! it is a 378 page book! I find it appropriate for children 10 +. Some parts of the story are a little frightening but you get used to it! After a while I realized I couldn't stop reading! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    highly recommened

    Chris Wooding's malice is placed in a horror film like setting,a cause and effect plot, adn unbelievable characters.

    The setting is portrayed as a constant horror film with death at every corner. The setting starts in England, rural london. Black Dice Comics is the base opperations of selling the Malice comics. It is a dark, dull, depressing place.

    The brilliant setting is arranged by cause and effect. For example, luke (a minor character)says the chant "Tall Jake take me away". As a result he dies there.

    In conclusion Chris Wooding's Malice is an all around good book. I recommend the book for teens+.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for Teens Read Too

    Gold Star Award Winner! A comic book exists that no parent knows about. It's fame and location of sale are only known by rumor. After you read it, the words fade within a few days. If you read the chant it holds inside six times with the right objects, Tall Jake will come to get you and suck you into his dangerous world. A world filled with life-drinking robots and things far worse. If you're lucky enough to survive and get a white ticket, you can return home, but there's no guarantee that you'll even remember your home when you get back. Will you be one of the lucky ones to make it home alive? An entertaining horror/adventure story for reluctant readers. The characters are well-developed and the bad guys are wonderfully creepy. The plot moves quickly and holds the reader's interest. Those who like comic books, video games, horror, and adventure will truly enjoy reading MALICE.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

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    Malice

    I found this to be a very good book. The words and comics blended nicely. There was a sort of dry humor to it. There characters felt very real, and there were engageing twists. Trust me, it's awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    A Great Read for Horror Fans of All Ages

    I found this book on the shelf in the Children's Section of my local B&N. Intrigued by the highly embossed cover, I started reading it and bought it an hour later because I had to leave the store. Chris Wooding has written a thoroughly absorbing story set in England and the world of Malice. The switch between graphic novel and traditional format didn't seem gimmicky within the context of the story and was done very well. The characters are realistic, familiar people, and the plot is exciting. The language is not challenging, and I was tempted to give it to my 7-year-old daughter. Since she was scared by Gaiman's Skeleton Creek books, however, I sent it to my sister instead.

    I was both disappointed and thrilled to find that this is only the first in a series; disappointed because I wanted to know how the story ended, but thrilled because there would be more ventures into this world. Can't wait til the next one comes out.

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

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    Anyone else notice the Poison crossover?

    If you read Wooding's earlier novel, Poison, you'll notice Andersen in that one too. He waltzes in and out of every story, it seems.
    The characters here were a bit flat and uninteresting, but the world concept is fantastic.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

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    I Can't Descrbe It *screams*

    Malice rocks hardcore, I wasnt to read Havoc, I want to see what happens to Seth,Kady,Justin, Icarus, Miss. Benjamin, Tall Jake,and Grendal. I wonder if Marlowe is a part of the Queen of Cats? Who/what are the Queen of Cats? What happened to Tatyana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2009

    BEST BOOK EVER!!

    I LOVE MALICE CANT WAIT FOR HAVOK!! KEPT ME ON MY TOES!! I GOT NIGHTMARES, BUT IM A WIMP SO IT WAS AWESOME!!

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    excellenteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee dat wat i am talkin about...it was marvelous

    great book...kinda freaky if u beleive it...=] but it is awesome and i luv the book...yay woot woot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lots of dead people SAD =[..especially since friends see their friends die in a comic book in the worst way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    rocked my sox off dawg

    hahahahaha it was GGGRRREEERAAEAT DAYWGYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYHJUHIJNHIHIJHLKILOIKJUHYUJHYUHYUYHGTYIK

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