THE LAST MALL RAT by Erik E. Esckilsen


Age Range: 12 - 15
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Mitch desperately wants a job, but can’t work legally until he turns 16. A trip to the local mall results in the opportunity to earn some spending money, but Mitch’s “job” turns out to be intimidating nasty customers so that abused salespeople can taste some sweet revenge. Matters rapidly spiral out of control as Mitch brings his friends into the scheme. The townspeople feel terrorized and blame the attacks on Mitch’s friend Jimmy, already a candidate for juvenile hall. Mitch must develop some maturity to deal with the havoc he’s caused. The approval of his school friends clashes with the condemnation of the community, until Mitch’s father takes action to resolve the crisis. First-time novelist Esckilsen hits readers with a succession of varying scenes that can be difficult to follow at first, but eventually the story becomes interesting and gains an element of suspense. It’s a credible effort. (Fiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: May 12th, 2003
ISBN: 0-618-23417-9
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Walter Lorraine/Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2003