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The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
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Jul 17, 2011

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bookshelves: bullying, coming-of-age, conflict, fiction, humorous, mystery, school-fiction, young-adult

This is a good title for book talks. Reluctant high school (male) readers will relate to the guy-centric plot, the social injustices of high school, and the very honest voice of the protagonist.
As for the plot, the mystery and resolution were a little silly. The strength of the book lies in the voice of Halpin as he deals with life as a transfer student and his disability. He transferred out of the deaf school and is trying to navigate public school. Teachers not understanding the importance of the accommodations required and Halpin's compensations ring very true.
There need to be more of these types of books in publisher's catalogs. Very real depictions of high school life, without the darker side so prevalent in YA lit today.

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