Trying to escape the vicious King Kobra gang and 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 mallnot 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 inin more 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....
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Richard Peck has won almost every children’s fiction award, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Newbery Medal (for A Year Down Yonder), the Scott O’ Dell Award (for The River Between Us), and the Edgar (for Are You in the House Alone?), and he has twice been nominated for a National Book Award. He was the first children’s author to ever have been awarded a National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I recommend this adventurous book to anyone of any age. It starts with a couple of new friends, Teresa and Barnie. They runaway together because they were afraid of Harley Probst and his gang, King Kobras. Teresa and Barnie end up at the Paradise Park Mall. "Smoking is a no-no" is one of the many signs in the mall that makes this book seem childish, yet adventurous. Barnie and Teresa planned to live out their days at the mall, but they were attacked. They were attacked by manikins. I won't ruin the ending. You will have to read the book to find out for yourself.
this book is cool because it make you think about what you are reading
Secrets of the Shopping Mall is written by the acclaimed author, Richard Peck. He vividly describes the adventures of two urban teenagers who live in disfunctional families. Like most people, the two teens attempt to run away from their problems at home only to find that more problems await them. This book is the most incredible and original adventure story I have ever read. Although its plot may seem childish at first, I guarentee that the book is well written. There was not a moment when I was not left in suspense. I recommend this book for people of all ages.