Richard Peck

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Jack Forman

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[In "Secrets of the Shopping Mall"] Mr. Peck endows his two heroes with too many "smarts" to be entirely believable, but it doesn't really matter. He pokes fun, exposes hypocrisy and treats with refreshing humor subjects too often talked to death. It's not a pretty place Mr. Peck shows us, but he makes us laugh at ourselves and wonder what is going on in the marketplaces of our society. (p. 41)

Jack Forman, "Children's Books: 'Secrets of the Shopping Mall'," in The New York Times Book Review (© 1979 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), December 2, 1979, pp. 40-1.

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