The Mystery at the Mall created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alden children get jobs at the mall in a store called Penny’s Emporium. As always, weird stuff starts happening. Doors get locked and stuff goes missing, including Benny’s coconut. Benny obviously isn’t happy about the absence of his coconut. What’s going on?
What I liked
Ah, the days when malls were cool. Going to the mall was a thing, an event; it’s not really that way anymore. My local mall used to have a carousel; it doesn’t anymore because it is a sad place with a giant Dick’s Sporting Goods.
What I didn’t like
Doesn’t anyone in these stories know about child labor laws? Benny is a little young to be working. In most places in the United States, at least, a kid has to be sixteen-ish, to even get a job. Some places will hire kids who are as young as fourteen, but it’s not that common.
Get in, Loser, we’re going shopping for cucumber-melon lotion at Bath and Body Works and mysteries.
Do you remember that time when going to the mall was a big deal?
How has the local mall in your area changed from the 90s to the current day?