The Night Children

Kit Reed

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Inside the Castertown MegaMall, the biggest mall in the world, live the night children—runaways, abandoned kids, kids who got lost and were never found. They only come out at night, after all the shoppers are gone.

When thirteen-year-old Jule Devereaux visits the mall after the mysterious disappearance of her aunt, she becomes a pawn in the war between two gangs of night children: the Castertown Crazies, led by the stalwart Tick Stiles, and the Dingos, whose leader is the batty Burt Arno. What the night children don’t realize is that the megalomaniacal owner of the MegaMall, billionaire Amos Zozz, knows all about them. To him, they are vermin—“rats” living in his beautiful mall—and he has plans to exterminate them. Julie, Tick, and Burt must join forces if they want to survive.…

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Chapter One

When you walk into the mall you expect to come out at the end of the day.

You expect to come out, at least, but it's midnight and Jule Devereaux is locked in a car at the top of the gorgeous WhirlyFunRide, high above the sprawling Castertown MegaMall. She can pound on her glassy capsule and howl at top volume, and nobody will hear. Jule is used to getting what she wants, and what she wants more than anything right now is to get out, but she's trapped.

It is past midnight. The last shopper left hours ago.

She's alone in the biggest mall in the world.

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The Night Children, which follows in the vein of Reed's 2005 Alex Award-winner Thinner Than Thou, is a creepy page-turner delivering biting cultural commentary…. Reed brings her story to a rousing finish that will keep young readers riveted.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Kit Reed’s work freaks me out.”—Daniel Handler, Official Representative of Lemony Snicket

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Kit Reed

KIT REED is the author of the Alex Award–winning Thinner Than Thou and many other novels. Reed has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and collections of her short fiction have been finalists for the James W. Tiptree Award. She lives in Middletown, Connecticut where she is Resident Writer at Wesleyan University. The Night Children is her first book for young readers.

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The Night Children
Kit Reed

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Tom Doherty Associates
Starscape
September 2009
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ISBN: 9781429950176
ISBN10: 142995017X
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$5.99
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