Reed, Kit The Night Children, 234 p. Starscape (TOR), 2008. Jule was just blowing off steam, hiding from her aunt. But now, she's stuck at the top of the Ferris wheel in the Castertown MegaMall. Help is on the way (or is it harm?) in the form of the Night Children - lost or runaway kids who have turned the mall's every-increasing confines into their new homes. Jule is not only the pawn between two rival factions, but her presence is the beginning of the end of the insane Mall owner's ultimate plan - a man who calls children vermin who need to be exterminated.
My favorite mall story of all time is Richard Peck's Bel-Air Bambi and the Mall Rats; this book was close to replacing it, until the rants of the mall owner just drove ME crazy. The story was totally working for me until he came into the picture with a literal vengeance. He is so over the top that the book goes from fantasy into farce, but not far enough over the top to make it a work of genius. If this book were a paperback, I would feel more kindly towards it. MS -OPTIONAL. Cindy - Library-Teacher.