A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches kids a few things about deaf culture and hearing-impaired discrimination.
Will has to overcome difficulties that he faces as a deaf person in a hearing school.
Positive Role Models
Will, Devon, and Ebony are great kids who team up to solve a murder. Devon helps Will adjust to the new school. Will's teachers are largely unhelpful. His parents are supportive and concerned.
Violence & Scariness
A character is pushed to his death in a mine, but it's not described. Some mild bullying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild innuendo. A teacher has an affair with a student. A teenager is pregnant. A student runs a website that features pictures of scantily clad girls in his bedroom.
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Some swearing: "ass," "piss," "s--t," "bastard," and "goddamn." Also, slang like "banana hammock" and "retard" are used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A bus driver is a suspected pot dealer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this story about a deaf teen coping in a new school has some sexual content, including mentions of a teacher-student affair, a teen pregnancy, and a student who runs a website featuring pictures of scantily clad girls in his bedroom. Also, a bus driver is arrested and suspected of dealing pot and a teen boy is pushed to his death in a mine.
Is It Any Good?
THE DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN is a great story about unpopular hero, Will Halpin. Will's deafness and weight make him a misfit in his new school, and any kid who's ever felt less-than-popular will relate to him. His gift for sarcasm and self-deprecating humor provide many laugh-out-loud scenes, and his courage when it comes to investigating and telling the truth about the quarterback's mysterious murder is inspiring. Will's experiences in both the school for the deaf and Carbon High give insight into deaf culture. Misfits of all kinds will love this book.
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