The Monster Mall
The Monster Mall

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Annotation: Charles and Margo continue their efforts to keep Echo City's monster community a secret while protecting the city from the monsters who are tired of hiding and ready to fight.
Catalog Number: #168951
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Macmillan
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 118 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-626-72492-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-2740-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-626-72492-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-2740-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017957141
Dimensions: 16 x 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Kid paranormal investigator Margo Maloo is back at it again, with her assistant and aspiring reporter, Charles, along for the ride. This time around, the two attempt to track down an imp's missing family and keep a family of vampires safe, all while protecting the delicate balance between the monster and human worlds. Much like the first installment, Weing's newest addition is a fun, lively romp into the hidden world of the supernatural. The combination of Margo's cautious perspective and Charles' wide-eyed glee over the misunderstood monsters cultivates an intriguing dynamic between the two characters that drives the plot forward and keeps kids invested. That, along with a cliff-hanger ending that moves the story forward in a dramatic way, gives this continuing series even more promise. Weing's artwork further adds to the lighthearted fun: his detailed backgrounds, jewel-toned color palette, only slightly spooky monsters, and stylish character designs give this lots of visual appeal. Fans of the first installment won't want to miss this sequel.
Horn Book
With humorous creeps, a diverse cast of characters, and fabulous cityscapes, this second graphic novel deepens the human/monster relationships in Echo City and explores urban renewal and human habitat incursions. Margo Maloo, monster mediator, again asks aspiring journalist Charles to assist in her monster awareness work, and together they help mall-dwelling teen vampires. Unresolved issues provide fodder for future installments.
Kirkus Reviews
In the sequel to The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo (2017), aspiring journalist Charles Thompson works closely with Margo Maloo, who resolves problems between children and the monsters they encounter. Eager to begin his Pulitzer quest, Charles begins to assist Margo in her work and discovers the secret world of monsters and is determined to show the world—through his blog—that they are not as dangerous as humans make them out to be. In episodic graphic chapters, Charles and Margo help Fyo, a baby imp, find his family and address the concerns of teenage vampires who live in an abandoned mall. While the child characters are representative of limited races—Charles is white, Margo is Indian-American, and Kevin is black—the often misunderstood monsters allow a lot more room for a lot more interpretation. Characters are deftly developed through dialogue bubbles and visually, the gremlinlike Fyo's distress at discovering his former home knocked down taken just as seriously as Margo's tender relationship with her elderly uncle, who appears to be slipping into dementia. The graphic narrative points out that different is not necessarily bad and that humans and monsters are afraid of one another primarily because of misinformation and miscommunication—a valuable lesson for human-human relations as well. (Graphic fantasy. 8-13)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 6,832
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 500453 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: GN280L
Guided Reading Level: M

Charles meets a lot of monsters in his line of work. While assisting Margo Maloo on her assignments, he's had close encounters with trolls, ghosts, imps, and ogres. And lately, they're all saying the same thing: living in Echo City is getting harder. As the human population of the city is grows, monsters are being forced to abandon their homes. Teenagers are creeping into their territory, smartphones in hand, eager to photograph paranormal activity. Some monsters are tired of hiding and ready to fight. How can Margo and Charles keep Echo City's monster community a secret, when it's teetering in the brink of war? In this second volume of The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo, graphic novelist Drew Weing delivers a fresh and funny take on the age-old battle between kids and closet-dwelling monsters.

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