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

it was amazing
Read in September, 2011

This is everything a young adult book should be! While communicating moral issues and addressing uncomfortable topics of equality for special needs students (the main character is very deaf), this book is incredibly cool, entertaining, and is written well! The main character has that disconnected sarcastic tone that one might use after being shunned by mainstream society, but manages to find his niche in fit in well after some adjustments.

After some introductions of the main character Will along with his witty sense of humor, Devon and his old fashioned good grammar along with some serious sign language skillz, the beautiful yet cruel math teacher Miss Prefontaine, Will's crush named Leigha, and the pot-smoking bus driver who turns up once or twice. The friends decide to solve the murder of a classmate "hardy boys style" by using Devon's unique talents along with Will's sharp perceptions using his other 4 senses. The murder mystery part is definitely cool, but I loved the characters and how they interacted. There are more than a few laugh out loud moments. Thank you Josh Berk for writing something that is actually cool to read and that can show today's teens that just because someone's different, doesn't mean they can't be awesome. I read this over the span of one day, meaning that most teens will find it accessible and easy to read as well. I loved it.

A note to publisher: the cover is stupid and implies it's for fourth graders. What's up with that?
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