(Neal Charnoff) In the new novel for teens, “The Last Mall Rat,” Mitch Grant just wants a job. But at 15, he is a year too young for legal employment. Like many other teenagers, he ends up hanging out at the local mall. There, he is befriended by a slick shoe salesman, who hires Mitch to harass rude customers in the parking lot. Soon enough, Mitch is leading the “Mall Mafia,” exacting revenge on behalf on the abused mall salespeople. But when this harmless behavior turns criminal, the townspeople begin to feel terrorized, and Mitch must develop the maturity to deal with a crisis of conscience.
Burlington author Erik E. Esckilsen fled retail sales at a young age, and has worked as a journalist for Entertainment Weekly and The Boston Globe. “The Last Mall Rat” is his first novel. Erik Esckilsen joins us in our studios in Colchester. (To hear the in the interview, click on the “Listen” icon.)
“The Last Mall Rat” is published by Houghton Mifflin Books.