The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk (Feb 2010) is a YA novel that features a kid who is deaf and overweight. He decides to leave his “deaf school” to attend “public school.” I randomly came across this title looking through someone’s Amazon list of “realistic” YA novels of which Melina Marchetta was apart of the same list. Of course, I go through the Amazon reviews and zoomed in on this comment, the only two star review titled “Could Have Been”:
I almost put the book in the trash twice as I read it. The deaf teen’s perspective and the quick witty style of writing kept me reading until the end. Then I put it in the garbage. I have older teens and often passed my ‘young people’ books to them – but not this one. There was too much potty-mouth notwithstanding such language is ‘normal’ in public schools. I found the scenario of sex between teacher and student a poor choice of diversion from the solution of the murder by a pregnant teen – who got very little sympathy; the revelation of the truth was couched in a somewhat nonchalant tenor. Could have been a great book.
Think I will give it a look anyway.