The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, Review

13 Apr

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

Plot: Will “Hamburger” Halpin is the new kid in school, which is hard when you’ve only ever been in a special school for deaf students. He doesn’t stand much of a chance of being popular, especially since the only other student who even tries to talk to him is low-man-on-the-social-totem-pole Devon Smiley. Will’s class begins a new unit on coal mining, and takes a trip to a local coal mine. While there, the star of the high school football team plunges to his death down the mineshaft – and the police think he was pushed! Will discovers that his lip-reading skills are very handy when trying to solve a murder mystery. Who killed Pat Chambers? Was it the flirty math teacher, Miss Prefontaine? The beautiful cheerleader? The snobby rich girl? The pot-smoking bus driver?
Will, Devon, and some other friends set out to solve the murder mystery, and uncover some very interesting secrets in the process – including one that hits Will pretty close to home.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. It had a really interesting mix of comedy and mystery, and the main character is very unique.

4 stars

–Lisa

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