Tales of the Madman Underground

Tales of the Madman Underground

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"The Catcher in the Rye meets On the Road"*-The Printz Honor book is a classic in the making! September 1973: The beginning of Karl Shoemaker's senior year in stifling Lightsburg, Ohio. For years, Karl's been part of "the Madman Underground"- kids forced to attend group therapy during school. Karl has decided that he is going to get out of the Madman Underground for good. He is going to act-and be-Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative. Karl has two after-school jobs, one dead father, one seriously unhinged drunk mother . . . and a huge attitude. Welcome to a gritty, uncensored rollercoaster ride, narrated by the singular Karl Shoemaker. *"The Horn Book"

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  • Paperback | 532 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 40.64mm | 476.27g
  • New York, NYUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142417025
  • 9780142417027
  • 231,582

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