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Jennifer Brown

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Would you believe a group of runaway children living in the department store of your local shopping mall? No, neither would I, but I'm willing to wager that … students will be lining up to read [Secrets of the Shopping Mall]. One of the elements that makes this basically fantastic story fun to read is the characterizations of Teresa and Barnie…. There is both humor and pathos in their personalities, as they use their streetwise ways to deal with the suburban runaways living in the department store and the "Mouth Breathers" who threaten them from the outside. I may not believe it, but I certainly enjoyed it!

Jennifer Brown, "'Secrets of the Shopping Mall'," in Children's Book Review Service (copyright © 1979 Children's Book Review Service Inc.), Vol. 8, No. 2, October, 1979, p. 19.

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