The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
By Josh Berk
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, , 9780375956997, 256pp.)
Publication Date: February 9, 2010
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Being a hefty, deaf newcomer almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, the dork-namic duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback. Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he’s a great observer. So, who did it? And why does that guy talk to his fingers? And will the beautiful girl ever notice him? (Okay, so Will’s interested in more than just murder . . .)
Those who prefer their heroes to be not-so-usual and with a side of wiseguy will gobble up this witty, geeks-rule debut.
This is Josh Berk’s first novel. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and is a children’s services librarian at the Allentown Public Library.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2009:
"This witty tale of mainstreaming, misfits and murder glitters like the 'Future Diamonds' that coal-mine souvenirs promise to someday become."