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Wooding, Chris, 1977-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, [2009]

Physical Description:
377 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Once you get into the story, there's no way out. Everyone's heard the rumors. If you gather the right things and say the right words, you'll be taken to Malice, a world that exists inside a horrifying comic book. It's a world that few kids know about ... and even fewer survive. Seth and Kady think it's all a silly myth. But then their friend, Luke, disappears and suddenly the rumors don't seem silly after all. Malice is real. Malice is deadly. And Seth and Kady are about to be trapped inside it.
General Note:
"Part novel, part comic"--P. [4] of cover.
Reading Level:
650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 4.5 10.0 133618.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 3.7 17 Quiz: 47220.
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Everyone's heard of it...but nobody's read it. Luke, Seth, and Kady have heard all the stories about Malice-a secret comic about a strange, awful world full of tricks and traps, and overseen by a sinister master of ceremonies, Tall Jake. But if the rumours are to be believed, the children in this comic are real...

Luke is the first to fall into this trap-and Seth and Kady are the next to follow. They have left our world and entered the sinister comic book. The question is-can they make it out alive?

From acclaimed author, Chris Wooding, a novel that's half fact, half comic-and all thrills.

Author Notes

CHRIS WOODING began writing at the age of sixteen, and his first novel, Crashing , was published when he was nineteen. Since that time, he's written dozens of novels in several genres, notably the award-winning The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray , Poison , Storm Thief , the Malice series, and the graphic novel Pandemonium .

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Booklist Review

There have been several attempts to graft graphic-novel elements into prose, but for the most part, there's been little inherent reasoning (other than a general neatness factor, or baser marketing ploys) behind those choices. That's not the case in this book. Set in England, the story revolves around an über-underground fantasy-horror comic, Malice. Rumor has it that if you perform a certain ritual, you'll be sucked into the comic world by the malevolent Tall Jake. Of course, teens know all about this, and adults haven't a clue, so when Seth and Kady's friend goes missing and is then seen being killed by shadow beings in the pages of the comic, the two head off into the world of Malice to investigate. It's nice to see comics actually play a role in a half-comic, half-prose work (though the split's actually closer to 90/10 percent, in favor of prose), but the action in the panels is often clunky and difficult to follow. Still, the premise is inviting enough and the world intriguing enough to ensure readers for this introductory installment in a multivolume series.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2009 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Toying with the menace and adventure of urban legends and comic books, Wooding (The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray) introduces readers to the bizarre realm of Malice in this novel/comic book hybrid. Every kid knows how to get there: gather certain ingredients and call six times for Tall Jake, and he may come to steal you away. When their friend Luke vanishes, Seth and Kady theorize that he was taken by Tall Jake, and begin to investigate. Then Seth disappears as well, sucked into a world where mechanical monsters stalk the unwary and the only way home is to obtain a rare white train ticket. As Kady continues to uncover secrets in the real world-including her own connection to Malice-Seth and a new friend undergo a harrowing journey seeking answers. The cliffhanger ending means that many of those answers must wait until the second book, Havoc, planned for 2010. But the fast-paced story line and whimsically dangerous setting will capture plenty of attention. Even more eye-catching are the interspersed sections where comic book panels replace textual narrative (as well as the three-dimensional cover), making this a memorable multimedia experience. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-"Tall Jake, take me away." Say the words six times, burn the secret ingredients, and you will be whisked into the comic-book world of Malice-or so the rumor goes. Seth and Kady don't believe the stories for one second. The teens who have disappeared must be runaways, and the artist who draws the comic must use the missing persons' photos, right? Then their friend Luke disappears, and only a few days later a character who looks remarkably like him appears in an episode of Malice. Seth decides to go into the comic to stop Tall Jake from taking any more kids. When he arrives, he discovers a world with violent clockwork creatures, monsters that drink time, and other trapped teens. Meanwhile, in the real world, Kady begins searching London for the source of the comic, and in doing so finds herself in more danger than she ever imagined. Complete with erratic comic-book panels in which heavily slashed lines enhance the chaotic violence of the novel, this nail-biter will keep readers glued to the story until the very last page is turned. In Malice Wooding has fashioned an elaborate fantasy in which the world is dark and the peril is real. Seth and Kady are strong and exciting characters, and readers will be left holding their breath until the sequel, Havoc, is released.-Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.