Monday, April 19, 2010
Book Review: The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
Author website: http://joshberkbooks.com/
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
Man, I have just blazed through a couple books in a couple days after being in a reading slump. To make it even better, the books I have read are all acceptable for middle school. This novel is another book that I enjoyed. It tells the tale of a deaf fat kid who is trying public school for the first time and finds himself involved in trying to fit in while solving a crime that occurs in a cave during a field trip. This book was laugh out loud funny. I really want to share some of my favorite passages, but I won't ruin the jokes for you. You will have to read them yourself.
This book contains the two elements that most middle school students are looking for when reading: humor and mystery. There is so much sarcastic humor it is ridiculous. While you are enjoying the viewpoints from the deaf narrator you are also trying to solve the crime. What I liked best about this book is that the main character has a disability, but he does not view it this way nor does it dwell on the issue. Rather, the deaf element of the story is what really makes this book so enjoyable. It brings to light typical issues in a very humorous way. Go out and check this author out. This is his debut and he might be another author for me to add to my list. This book will be added to my book-talk list and I will be promoting this book because I think there is great appeal with this novel.
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