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The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
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Mar 29, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: teens, mysteries
Read in March, 2010

I'm starting to look for "clean" teen books I can use with my advanced 5th grade classes. This is a great one! Will Halpin is not only the new kid at school, he's the new fat, deaf kid at school. Mostly ignored, Will is not sure the transfer from his deaf high school was a good idea. But then the school's star quarterback takes a one way fall down a mine shaft. And it wasn't an accident. The mystery is not the strongest part of the story (you can guess the murderer way before Will and his new friend Devon do) but Will's voice is great, and his perspective on things seems dead right for a teen boy, and for a deaf person (I say "seems" since I've never been a teen boy, or deaf). I think Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans might be willing to read this, even though it's missing the comics and cute drawings.

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